Connect is a non-profit innovation instigator, established to cultivate San Diego’s life science and tech communities. A trusted partner for more than 35 years, we propel our region’s entrepreneurs as they create and scale their companies – from first-time founders to seasoned executives. We operate across diverse industries, driven by a goal of inclusive impact and a desire to drive tangible, positive change for the megaregion. Our key programs, Cool Companies and Springboard, have helped companies raise nearly $1B in Series A funding. Those investments have resulted in the creation of thousands of jobs, wealth and exponential economic development for the region. In elevating entrepreneurial mastery – such as providing access to institutional capital, strategic advising, and partnering opportunities – we bring together our region’s culture and spirit to ignite our innovation economy.
In April 2022 – Connect brought together more than 3,400 people to celebrate San Diego’s Inaugural Innovation Day at Petco Park. The event featured 100+ exhibitors, 180+ venture capitalists, and 140+ angel investors all there because of their passion for or curiosity about our region’s innovation ecosystem. We believe that strategies we drive today, can make an impact for our future… Five•Ten•Thirty years out. Stay tuned and find out what Connect has in store for 2023 by signing up for our mailing list.