May 25, 2021
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We have a lot of cool SD events and deadlines this week, including Startup San Diego Convergence happening now, Top Tech Awards nominations due by May 28 to nominate your favorite tech leader, and the State of Diverse Founders: Results and Next Steps on May 26 by VillageUp.

Also, we are launching a new (virtual for now) event series called Fresh Brewed Tech Live. On June 15, we are bringing the cybersecurity community together for a curated exclusive networking experience. Join us and/or send to a friend that could use some purposeful interaction. This is not your standard virtual event on Zoom!

Fast Five Tech Stories of the week:

  • Asian-owned businesses contribute over $4B in local economic impact
  • New venture capital firm Spark Growth debuts in San Diego
  • SD2 non-profit launched to promote diversity in STEM
  • The Cool Companies have been announced by Connect/San Diego Venture Group
  • SDSU recent grad raised $1.6M investment fund before even graduating


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Samantha Pantazopoulos and Dylan Barbour are the co-founders of Vizer, an application designed to help people develop healthier habits while also giving back to the community. Listen to the impact they create in this podcast.

Join our month-long challenge in donating meal to a local charity every day you put in a sweat! Tacos to the winners, leaderboard in podcast show notes.
During the current shift in the world of work, many San Diego companies are still hiring. This live job board by SD Life Changing, StartupSD, and Connect shows open roles. Companies can add their roles if they are hiring, too.
Assistant/Associate Director of Marketing

Director of Program Management Dermtech

Senior Manager Sales Operations Thermo Fisher

Senior Account Executive Channel
Creative Director

Senior Brand Designer

Customer Success Manager

Project Manager
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Enjoy these events from the comfort and safety of your own home.
5-Day Virtual Conference
Startup San Diego

Affinity Meeting
Diverse Founders Survey 2021

Mixer Event #5 with
Melani Gordon
San Diego Tech
Cybersecurity Night
Fresh Brewed Tech Live

San Diego Business Week 2021

California Female Founders
General Assembly San Diego
Our team of local writers gives a fresh look inside the San Diego tech ecosystem past and present.
Hempress Hygienics, founded by Aztec Alumni Mckenna Avery, Marilyn Austin and Halli Briscoe, is on a mission to provide women with healthy, sustainable, and high performing feminine hygiene products using hemp fiber.
As Vice President of Operations for Azzur Group Cleanrooms on Demandâ„¢, Dan Dernbach is helping lead the charge for the company’s new Vista facility – its first on the West Coast – which is expected to help meet the growing demand for such spaces, especially among biotech startups. 
Cue Health, connected medical diagnostics, $235M Private Equity round with CAVU, J & J Innovation, Perceptive Advisors, ACME Capital, Koch Strategic Platforms

AttackIQ, security optimization platform, $42M Series C 

Phanes Therapeutics, oncology and eye disease, $40M Series B with Sequoia Capital China, Delos Capital, Dyer Capital, Volcanics Ventures

Juno Diagnostics, accessible genetic testing, $25M Series A with Perceptive Advisors

Mindera Dx, skin cancer therapies, $12.6M with Rockmont Investments, Mountain Group Capital, Scientific Development Health Partners

CeleCor Therapeutics, novel molecule inhibitor, $1M Series Seed
Reveal Biosciences by CellCarta

TaylorMade Golf by Centroid Investment Partners, reported $2B valuation by StellarWP
Charity Advantage by Silent Partner Software

AMN Healthcare acquired Synzi for $42.5M
New fund by Hem Suri Spark Growth invests locally and abroad

New fund by Paige Finn Doherty raises $1.6M to invest in under-represented founders with Behind Genius Ventures

Finistere Ventures invests in LA-based ProducePay Series C

Digital Capital Management invested in SF-based Figure Series D

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