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QuickPitch 2019

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!

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We are now Connect w/ San Diego Venture Group

We are one. It’s on.  Effective immediately. Mike Krenn and Dr. Silvia Mah are in as new leaders, with a combined team and board – and we’re anxious to get going, with plans to make an evolutionary and meaningful contribution.

We’re bringing you, our loyal members, with us too! Your ‘Member Only’ benefits will stay the same as we figure out all the details. Please put Summer Social, Venture Summit, and QuickPitch Fest on your calendars as well as MIP! And oh yea, we now have more BeachHead locations for you to utilize Connect w/ SDVG space internationally… Check out the offices here.

Both Connect and SDVG are focused on elevating entrepreneurs.  Now combined, we are aligned in the mission to affect meaningful change.  We plan to be entrepreneurial like the companies we support.   We will be engaged with companies, mentors, regional leadership, and of course – investors.

Our goal is to serve entrepreneurs throughout their growth journey, from early stage through capital raise, through scale, and back through the cycle at exit.   (The exit is not an exit, friends … we’ll find you!)

We also recognize the efforts of so many others in the community.  It’s a big part of what makes the San Diego and So Cal region so great.  We’re collaborative.   And that’s important.  From co-working spaces, to accelerators, to the many mentors and market influencers – our intent is to support and align.  Together, we are all better.

Our region is experiencing exceptional momentum in the areas of startups and innovation, and with success comes new challenges.  We love that.  We are committed to leading the elevation of San Diego as a hub for innovation.

We will continue to grow with our community. With our combined resources, membership benefits including sponsor discounts and educational events will eventually increase. And we’re interested in what you would like to see happen too. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call. Our number is still the same (858.558.8750).

Thank you!
The Connect w/ SDVG team

Learn more @  connectsd.org

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SDVG Venture Summit 2019

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.

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Summer Social 2019

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!

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33 Tech Startups Make San Diego Venture Group “Cool Companies” List

Xconomy, Sarah de Crescenzo

March 29, 2019 What does it take for a tech startup to be considered “cool?” In the eyes of the San Diego Venture Group, the key element is readiness for venture capital backing.

It’s through that lens that the nonprofit organization, whose mission is to connect local startups with venture capitalists who are looking to invest, annually vets tech companies that apply for its “Cool Companies” program. Startups that are accepted are highlighted at SDVG events, including its well-attended annual Venture Summit, and, perhaps more enticingly, invited to a private meet-and-greet with a group of about 100 angel investors and VCs, some of whom will travel to the event from out of town to meet with San Diego companies.

Past classes of “Cool Companies” prove that SDVG has insight into which companies are ready to raise (or, raise more, for those that have already taken some investment): Of the companies accepted in 2016 and 2017, for example, 25 have together raised more than $100 million in institutional Series A financing. Some of the startups, including Approved and Lymber, have been acquired.

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2019 SDVG Cool Companies Announced!

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Trever Acers

Managing Partner

Objective Capital Partners

Trever F. Acers leads all aspects of Objective Capital Partner’s investment banking activities, drawing from his 15+ years of acquisition, finance and business management experience.

Prior to starting Objective, Mr. Acers served as a Director at TGG Capital, where he led the firm’s financial and strategy consulting operations. Previously, he was Director of The Oxford Investment Group’s Western U.S. private equity activities and Managing Partner at Passage Venture Capital Partners. Earlier in his career, he managed the post-acquisition integration and continuing operations of three entities with total annual revenues of $29 million for EMC Corporation, and led business performance improvement engagements for KPMG Consulting.

Mr. Acers has a MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management with a finance concentration and a bachelor’s degree with high honors in business administration from the University of San Diego. He holds FINRA Series 79 and Series 63 licenses and is a Registered Representative of BA Securities LLC, Member FINRA SIPC.

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Meet Cool… at the BellyUp!

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Why San Diego missed the first wave of tech ‘unicorns,’ and what’s changing now

San Diego Union Tribune, Brittany Meiling

March 8, 2019After years of stagnation, San Diego is seeing a barrage of startup activity in the tech scene. In recent months, two tech startups earned billion-dollar valuations, making them the first software “unicorns” spotted locally in decades. 

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Halozyme Gets $30M from Argenx in Licensing Deal Worth Up to $530M

Feb 6, 2019

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The Science of Data + Healthcare

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!

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Rivaling dot-com boom, 2018 breaks record for San Diego startups raising cash

San Diego Union Tribune, Brittany Meiling

Jan 7, 2019 — San Diego’s startup scene made big gains in 2018, hauling in nearly twice as much money as the prior year. That’s record-breaking attention from investors, and it’s an impressive performance compared to state and national averages.

Local companies raised $2.5 billion from venture capitalists in 2018, up 94 percent… 

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Venture Outlook 2019

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Kevin Meissner

Tenant Representation

 Cushman & Wakefield

Kevin exclusively represents Tenants and Owner-Users of commercial real estate. He specializes in the representation of North American based companies, both private and public. In order to achieve clients’ goals, Kevin implements a client-centered approach in order to develop, plan, and execute real estate solutions.

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3 Startups take home $75K in San Diego’s largest pitch event

San Diego Business Journal, Brittany Meiling

Oct 24, 2018 — Ten local startups went head to head in a Shark Tank-style competition Wednesday night, attempting to impress a panel of judges and an audience of hundreds for a total of $75,000 in cash prizes.

Finalists were only allowed 2 minutes on stage to make their case. In front of a packed house at Qualcomm Hall.  […]   The John G. Watson Quick Pitch competition is the biggest startup pitch event in the city, with three nonprofits joining forces this year to boost the event’s profile and prizes. 

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Reporter’s Notebook: Startups Make Wise Investment Of Time at Venture Summit

San Diego Business Journal, Sarah de Crescenzo

 — Earlier this month, an oft-heard refrain in San Diego startup circles — “there aren’t enough venture capitalists in town!” — rang false, at least for a couple of days.  The San Diego Venture Group’s 16th annual Venture Summit was a two-day affair which kicked off Aug. 15 with an invite-only get together at Petco Park where about two dozen early-stage companies made their pitches for Series A investment to dozens of investors.

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San Diego: Why Now?

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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!

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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!

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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.

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San Diego Venture Group Names 30 Startups to 2018 ‘Cool Companies’ List

San Diego Business Journal, Sarah de Crescenzo

May 24, 2018  —  San Diego Venture Group on May 24 announced the latest batch of startups to make its “Cool Companies” list.  The organization, which works to link local early-stage companies with investors, said 180 companies applied for inclusion this year.  Founders of the companies are invited to meet in late June with roughly 100 venture capitalists and angel investors at a private event hosted by SDVG.

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2018 SDVG Cool Companies Announced!

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SDVG Press Release: San Diego Venture Group Continues to Bring Capital 
to Southern California

San Diego Venture Group, Nicole Leandra

April 20, 2018  —  San Diego Venture Group, a nonprofit association with a mission to support and promote the venture capital and startup company ecosystem in the San Diego region, is in full swing of its annual Cool Companies program.

Each year, SDVG opens applications to the community, gathering hundreds of the most exciting businesses, ready to raise Seed, Series A and Series B funding.  Then with an expert selection committee sourced from the community, SDVG picks the top 30 to 40 companies with greatest potential and revolutionary to their industry — and dubs them ‘cool.’  Startups selected to be Cool Companies are invited to attend private settings with Venture Capitalists.

SDVG’s Cool Companies from 2016 and 2017 have collectively since raised over $100M.  In terms of companies attracting capital, the 30 SDVG Cool Companies of 2017 outperformed the 200 companies in last year’s TechCrunch program in San Francisco.

“SDVG is laser focused on making an impact for regional startups. While Silicon Valley programs can cost companies upwards of $2,000 to display their wares, for example, the Cool Company program costs absolutely nothing for startups” said Mike Krenn, President of SDVG.

“Last year alone, we brought more than 150 VCs to San Diego to meet with selected startup companies.  An outrageously amazing number.” 

SDVG invites Venture Capitalists from all over the country to attend the exclusive VC Roadtrip in the June and Venture Summit in August.  Events are curated on both sides of the experience and meet in the middle for structured startup-investor ‘speed-dating,’ pitching and demos, and one-on-one meetings.  Last year’s Venture Summit hosted Keynote, Bill Maris, founder of Google Ventures and the new SoCal VC Firm, Section 32, and drew more than 800 people for the general sessions.

Past Cool Companies include: EcoATM, Seismic, Tealium, Empyr, TakeLessons, Edico Genome, Cordial, Wrapify, Skysafe, Cloudbeds, eSub, PetDesk, Guru, Doctible, LoanHero, Measurabl, Nanocellect, Zesty, Attack IQ, Lymber, Mindtouch, and Forge Therapeutics.   

San Diego Venture Group is uniquely positioned as 100% neutral in the regional marketplace. The group takes no equity, and takes no fees from either startups or investors, with all the work they do.  With an extremely lean team, and a working volunteer board, the group is making a meaningful impact in the regional economy.

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Meet ALL the Coolest SD Companies

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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.

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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 CompaniesLearn More, and share the Application with a ‘cool’ startup you know.    #investsd

 

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Grant Jordan

CEO

SkySafe

Grant is the CEO of SkySafe, a leading drone defense firm. His team builds cutting-edge systems that protect critical airspace—stadiums, prisons, critical infrastructure, military personnel and facilities—from drones. An MIT grad, Grant served as an officer in the US Air Force where he designed and built hardware systems for counter-IED missions and small UAVs at the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), specializing in rapid product development for Special Forces units. As a UC San Diego graduate student, he conducted research on analyzing online illicit pharmaceutical sales by Russian criminal groups and anonymity on the Bitcoin network. As a respected expert in both hardware and software, Grant has spoken at security conferences including DEFCON and RSA Security. 

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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!

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SDVG 2017 Year in Review

sdvg venture outlook 2017 year in review

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Todd Poling

Partner

 Vantage Point Advisors & Savitch LLP

Todd Poling is the Founder and President of Vantage Point Advisors, Inc. Mr. Poling is actively involved in valuation engagements of all types and also leads the firm’s strategic planning and business development efforts.

Prior to founding Vantage Point, Mr. Poling was Managing Director of CBIZ Valuation Group, Inc., spending several years with the firm in the Dallas, San Diego, and Los Angeles offices. While at CBIZ, Mr. Poling managed large and complex valuation consulting engagements focusing heavily in the transaction arena. He participated in numerous engagements involving corporate re-structuring, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, ESOPs and fairness opinions. In addition, he provided valuation consulting in litigation support situations and served as an expert witness in both deposition and trial settings.

Before joining CBIZ, Mr. Poling was the first employee and General Manager of the Antique Drapery Rod Company, Inc. a start-up manufacturer of drapery hardware and other fabricated furniture products based in Dallas, Texas where he was responsible for the company’s operational and financial activities. Today ADR, Inc. is an internationally recognized brand within its industry with over 150 employees, many of whom joined the company in its early years. Mr. Poling began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. where he worked in the firm’s audit and business consulting practices.

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