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What’s Happening in San Diego Tech with Alex Waters of CONNECT ALL @ The Jacobs Center

by Neal Bloom

[Talk of current happenings in the SD tech scene starts at 18:59]

Alex Waters is the director of CONNECT ALL @ The Jacobs Center, a business accelerator specifically geared towards low/moderate income and diverse individuals. The program aims to support founders who create long-term jobs in the region.

Listen in as Alex joins host Neal Bloom to discuss the latest tech news in San Diego. The episode kicks off with Alex discussing his work at CONNECT ALL and his entrepreneurial journey, and then goes into a discussion about local tech news.

19:40 Biotech companies such as Cue Health and Autobahn Therapeutics have gotten funding from local VC, Section 32

20:56 Diabetes company GlySens raises $15M in the latest round of funding; Neal and Alex discuss diabetes innovation and technology

24:07 Launch Factory has launched their next two studio startups, Productified and Simply Independent  

27:07 Platform Science is building a logistic platform for the trucking industry, has raised $42M and has partnered with Daimler Trucks. Neal and Alex discuss the growing industry of logistics tech in San Diego

29:33 Alex and Neal talk about how some companies are benefiting from the current pandemic: Ecwid–an e-commerce software company–raises $42M

32:02 Chromacode, a bioinformatics company, receives $10M in funding with Orange County VC Okapi as an investor

32:41 Upcycle, led by Tech Coast Angels, raises just under $1M for recycling waste into fertilizer. Neal and Alex further discuss agricultural technology companies in San Diego and waste utilization.

36:02 Village Up is a new organization which focuses on the diversity of founders and aims to improve access to entrepreneurship in the San Diego community 

38:11 Miramar College’s REC Innovation Lab is a new entrepreneurship center for community college students. Check out their events here: https://www.sdmiramar.edu/programs/entrepreneurship/rec

40:15 San Diego Startup Week has been virtually expanded to the entire month of October; check out more details here: sandiegostartupweek.com

Keep an eye out for Demo Day on CONNECT ALL’s YouTube page to see the work the accelerator has been doing. For anyone interested in being a mentor, please reach out to awaters@connect.org

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Thanks to our partners at Cox Business for their support in enabling us to grow the San Diego ecosystem.


Alex’s favorite local tacos:

Marisco’s Nine Seas Seafood – a food truck in the Target parking lot in South Park


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