September 29, 2020
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October?? Already? Does every week get busier and busier for you too? Well this week is exceptionally busy in a fun way. IT’S THE START OF SAN DIEGO STARTUP MONTH, #SDSM2020! In its 8th year, San Diego Startup Week has come a long way. From the quality of the speakers, the maturity of the startups, the breadth of skills-based content, and now this year, all virtual, and an entire month. The team has been working exhaustedly behind the scenes and are eager for you to join in. Grab a ticket using our discount code TACOPOD30 and we’ll see you at the Opening Night Kickoff on October 1 at 4 p.m. Opening night will be a lot of fun, inviting attendees to create their own avatar in a true virtual and interactive experience. Check out my guide on how to make the most of the month.

Speaking of some things to look forward to during #SDSM2020, we chat with Ryan Kuder of Techstars on this week’s podcast about his involvement in both Opening Night, the month-long incubator, and the benefits of a startup accelerator program. Applications to join the SDSM Incubator are due September 30. Also for the Techstars Anywhere accelerator, applications are due October 11. 

Speaking of startups, as UCSD gets ready to begin a new quarter, our TritonTech writer Sonam Jain has a new piece out about Mercury Health. Check it out and help cheer on our local entrepreneurs by sharing the content.


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Our team of local writers gives a fresh look inside the San Diego tech ecosystem past and present

Startup San Diego Announces Inaugural Virtual Startup Month

San Diego’s popular annual gathering of startups, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, talent and innovators is going virtual – for a whole month.

How to Make the Most of San Diego Startup Month #SDSM2020

Startup Month can be overwhelming. Here is Neal Bloom's guide to taking advantage of all the opportunities and resources the month-long event has to offer.

TritonTech: Mercury Health

This UCSD Triton-founded startup offers users a hands-free remote medical alert device designed to detect and respond to both emergency situations and consistent patterns in patient behavior. 

Ryan Kuder is the Managing Director of Techstars Anywhere, a remote-first startup accelerator.

*The podcast will be live on all platforms later today, and the video version is available for immediate viewing (linked below).

Thanks to our partners at Cox Business for enabling us to tell these stories of inspiring leaders

Some highlights from this past week in San Diego tech.
The new Inventors & Investors Pitch Competition will make its debut during San Diego Startup Month next month

Northrop Grumman taps Kratos to help build ICBM replacement

General Atomics designs novel rocket

UC San Diego uses tech to slow COVID-19 cases

Biotech is making its way Downtown with the acquisition of a waterfront life science campus
StepStone Group, $315M raised
Escient Pharmaceuticals, $77.5M with Sanofi Ventures, The Column Group, Redmile Group, Perceptive Advisors, OUP, Cowen Healthcare Investments, and 5AM Ventures

Libra Therapeutics, $29M with Yonjin Venture, Sixty Degree Capital, Sante Ventures, Epidarex Capital, Dolby Family Ventures, and Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund

Genelux, $20M with Woodward Diversified Capital

Stemson Therapeutics, $7.5M with Fortunis Capital

Cardea Bio, $7.5M with Tsingyuan Ventures, Table Mountain Ventures, Skylight Investment, Serra Ventures, Photon Fund, Lifespan Investments, and Agilent Technologies

Abreos Biosciences, $5.6M with undisclosed investor(s)

Meallogix, $1.25M with undisclosed investors

Debut Biotech, $1M with Air Force Research Laboratory

Daré Bioscience, $900K with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

Cytonus Therapeutics, $400K with undisclosed funder

PointPredictive, amount undisclosed with Napier Park Financial Partners and Mosaik Partners

TuSimple, amount undisclosed with Traton

DTx Pharma, amount undisclosed with National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Grail by Illumina, $8B
ResMed invested in Signifier Medical Technologies, $10M round

Frank Westermann invested in Coinpanion, $390K round
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.
Operations Associate, Stealth Startup/Atomic VC (San Diego)

Sales Enablement and Operations Specialist, Measurabl (Downtown)

Site Reliability Engineer, GoFundMe (San Diego)

Controller, VirBELA (Remote)

Digital Marketing Manager, Rightdevice (San Diego)

Business Intelligence Analyst, Epic Games (San Diego)

Junior Content Writer, Flock Freight (Solana Beach)

Nanofabrication Engineer, Roswell Biotechnologies (Sorrento Valley)

HR Generalist, AbacusNext (Sorrento Valley)

Enrollment Manager, LEARN academy (Downtown)
Enjoy these events from the comfort and safety of your own home.
Founders First CDC Fall 2020 Challenge Virtual Pitch Day, September 29

Women in Bio Vaccines 101: Insights from Industry and Academia, September 29

Microsoft Community Skills Program Preliminary grant application, applications due September 30

Data Stories Breaking Barriers - Advice for women from women in data, September 30

Startup San Diego San Diego Startup Month, October 1-31

San Diego Startup Month Incubator, applications due September 30

Women in Bio Virtual MAPS Peer Group Launch Event - 6th Cohort, October 8

Inventors & Investors Pitch Competition by SD Innovation Council, Tech Coast Angels, Connect, and Startup San Diego, October 9

Techstars Anywhere Accelerator, applications due October 11

Connect w/ SDVG Meet a Mentor, October 13

EvoNexus x Qualcomm 5G Incubator, applications due October 16

Connect ALL @ The Jacobs Center Winter 2021 Cohort, applications due November 16

UC San Diego Career Fair Start-ups & Companies Less than 200 People, October 28

Need a computer? COVID-19 Technology Assistance Program, apply here
There you have it - the secret to becoming the next tech unicorn.

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