Entries by Nicole


QuickPitch 2018

Wednesday October 24 @ Qualcomm | Tech Coast Angels, SDVG, & Cox Business present… QuickPitch 2018! — 10 startups go head-to-head for over $75K in prizes. Apply by August 31. Each company is coached by a mentor of TCA, chosen for industry experience to prep the 2 min demo. Networking and reception in the hall of Qualcomm. Enjoy refreshments and snacks. Startup tables before the show. An engaged, educating, and entertaining panel of judges. Audience votes!


Socialize this Summer

You’re Invited to SDVG’s Annual Summer Social & Beer Bash! 500+ CEOs, investors, business execs.. It’s the party of the summer! Collecting donations from some awesome local brewers, including not just beer this year… kombucha and wine too!


SDVG Venture Summit 2018

San Diego Venture Group will host its 16th Annual Venture Summit. Bringing together entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and eco-system partners to network, share updates on key venture industry topics, and meet 30 of San Diego’s ‘coolest’ companies. Last year we hosted over 700 people, including 120+ VCs from all over California and across the nation.


SDVG Goes to Carlsbad

Just like your company is unique, so too are venture capitalists and their investment strategies. Many mistakes are made by entrepreneurs, way before they get to the meeting. Join us as top-tier VCs share their experience and insight.

SDVG 2018 Cool Company Applications are Now OPEN!

Every year the SDVG opens applications and selects 30 to 40 of the coolest, newest, and most innovative companies in the region. Then intro’s them to a bunch of VCs.  Cool Co’s from 2016 & 2017 raised over $100 Million, thanks to SDVG.    We encourage you to check out the 2017 Cool Companies, Learn More, and […]


Fundraising for HealthTech

Fundraising for HealthTech brings you expert insight on raising early-stage capital in HealthTech and Life Sciences — plus a meet-and-greet with several current JLABS companies!


You got your VC meeting, now what?

Just like your company is unique, so too are venture capitalists and their investment strategies. Many mistakes are made by entrepreneurs, way before they get to the meeting. Join us as top-tier VCs share their experience and insight.

How These 4 Startups Raised Millions in San Diego

Beck Bamberger  — founded BAM Communications in 2007 and has since founded three other businesses, Bite San Diego, Nosh Las Vegas and Pangea Pal.. “San Diego-based companies have raked in the funds this year with strategies of full time commitment, niche focus, founders’ cash first and blanketing the local startup scene.“  


Venture Summit Shows Continuing Evolution of San Diego Scene

San Diego Business Journal, Brittany Meiling Sept 4, 2017 — Due in part the cameo appearance of a former Google executive, San Diego Venture Group saw record attendance at its annual Venture Summit last week. The crowded two-day affair was markedly different from previous years, signaling the local startup scene is picking up steam. This year, […]

Beck Bamberger

Founder & Entrepreneur in Experience  BAM Communications I’m obsessed with experience. You can buy stuff, you can collect things, but experiences, great and hard, are gained with a life lived well. So far, I’ve collected a neat array of experiences, too, and I can’t wait for more. BAM Communications rescues the world’s companies from anonymity […]

Start Up on the Right Foot — Build a Customer Advisory Board

Peter Kazanjy  — Founder @talentbinhiring (acquired by Monster 2/14). Sales, recruiting, HCM, & SAAS are his jam. Currently writing @foundingsales for next gen of founders. “You’re transitioning those initial research conversations into a longer-term relationship, giving you a chance to prove how awesome you and your execution on this idea are, and investing these people in your […]

San Diego (SDVG) Sets the Stage for Tech Cities

Andrew Gazdecki, TechCrunch Feb 02, 2017 —  Startup ecosystems are taking root across the country — Utah, Seattle, Dallas, Denver, Chicago, New York City — and they’re all looking to copy the formula Silicon Valley made so successful.   This article features our actual work at SDVG, and even uses a few of our graphics.  Learn more about the initiative […]

VC’s Ballgame & Venture Summit 2016

This event registration for pre-approved VC invitees only Wednesday, September 7 – Thursday, September 8, 2016 If you are a venture fund manager and would like to be included please contact SDVG President Mike Krenn at [email protected] When registering be sure to use the VC only invite code provided. This registration fee covers all activities […]

Using Expensive Enterprise Software to be More ‘Lean Startup’

Michael Muse — Product Operations, @ManagedByQ Lean Startup is not about money — in fact, this is NOT an article about ROI through displacement. If that topic interests you, your local Salesforce sales rep would be happy to tell you more. For the uninitiated, Lean Startup is all about customer discovery and iterative learning. Before we get into how […]

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

Mark Suster — 2x entrepreneur. Sold both companies (last to salesforce.com). Turned VC looking to invest in passionate entrepreneurs — I’m on Twitter at @msuster The funding environment for tech startups is an ever shifting ground as we go through predictable shifts that go hand-in-hand with the slowing of the overall market… there are two major […]

Mike Grey

President & CEO  Pappas Ventures Experienced biotech CEO and board member. Current board member at BioMarin and lead independent director at Horizon Pharma


Mark Suster Comes to San Diego!

June 14th @ Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall  In conjunction with San Diego Startup Week please join us for an inspiring talk with Mark Suster who has become the voice of LA’s StartUp scene. (Wait till he sees over 1000 people in the audience here. LA doesn’t have THAT!) Mark is an entrepreneur, angel […]