PitchFest Semi-Finalists Announced!


The Annual Dinner celebration for PitchFest 2015 will bring you FOUR of the best and brightest companies in San Diego. These semi-finalists will compete for your vote December, 16, 2015.

Don’t miss out – register today!



PitchFest 2015 Annual Dinner
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
3777 La Jolla Village Dr. San Diego CA 92122


…And those semi-finalists are (FOUR of which will compete!):



Online registration CLOSED but walk-ins welcome.

Join Fred Luddy tonight! *LOCATION update!*

Online registration CLOSED but walk-ins welcome.


Fred Luddy

Fred Luddy, founder of San Diego’s 12 BILLION dollar success story, will join us for a fireside chat. Qualcomm is the only San Diego tech company that has exceeded the value of Fred’s company, ServiceNow. Founded in 2003, the company went public in 2012 – the biggest tech IPO of the year. Currently the company is valued at over $12B. We are excited to have Fred join us, along with Paul Barber – the man at JMI Equity, who funded ServiceNow from the get-go.



Fireside Chat with Fred Luddy

Thursday, July 23, 2015 | 5:30 p.m.
*NEW LOCATION* The Illumina Theatre at The Alexandria
10996 Torreyana Road
San Diego CA 92121

FREE to members ~ $50 Non-members


Bootstrap Your Company to Exit

There are lots of ways to get to exit – M&A being the most common. The average is seven-plus years for a venture-backed company. Some companies need venture to get there, some don’t. Bootstrapping can have its advantages. A $30M exit usually means you didn’t raise venture. And that’s ok. In fact, it can be magnificent.

So how do you bootstrap a company to exit? How do you optimally structure your business? How do you strategize growth? How and when do you take in angel money? How do you build a board?

And ultimately – how do you drive your business to generate multiple bids, and get your sale over the finish line?

We’ve gathered experts to share their wisdom:

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Mike Madrazo 


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 Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7:00 a.m.

Hyatt Regency La Jolla

FREE for Members / $50 Non-Members

Thank you, sponsors!




Dave’s Guide To Raising Money From Angel Investors

“Do you know any angel investors who would be interested in my company?”

On May 22, 2014, over 300 people gathered to learn about this topic.

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Dave Titus, SDVG President, shared his 9 rules for raising angel financing.   It’s a talk he has over and over with folks looking to raise money.

Download Dave’s Rules here!

Our speaker lineup included:

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Jeff Draa

Jeff Draa, President, Tech Coast Angels discussed how to approach TCA.  TCA is the second most active angel investing network in the country.


Adam Harris

Adam Harris, CEO, CloudBeds, has raised over $1.5M in angel financing from industry insiders – even though he was not one of them!

Dave Karlman, DePrima Ventures, is an experienced and active angel investor in both high tech and lifescience companies.  Some of his investments include Cashie Commerce and Otologic Pharmaceuticals.


Kian Saneii

Kian Saneii, CEO, Independa, raised his money from a variety of investors in both San Diego and elsewhere.





Thank you, sponsors!

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Incubators and Accelerators – March 20 – SOLD OUT!

Calling all San Diego entrepreneurs! This is your chance to meet San Diego’s incubator programs during networking sessions.


 (We will have 15 SRO tickets available for $30 each)

Thursday, March 20, 2014; 7:00 AM;  Hyatt Regency La Jolla   Sponsored by:  (i.e., these are the folks you want to do business with!)


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Also, hear from those who have been through the programs.  They have experienced the incubator programs and will tell you what you’ll gain. Then after breakfast, have a chance to meet in-depth with incubator representatives. We have a special schedule this month to give you extra time to meet the incubators and accelerators and learn if they are right for you.
7:00 – 7:45  Registration and Networking.  Each Incubator will have a booth where you can ask questions.
7:45 – 8:15    Breakfast and announcements
8:15 –  9:05   Panel of entrepreneurs who have been through the incubator process
9:15 –  9:45   Post event “breakout” sessions where you can learn more about your favorite incubator.

Entrepreneur Panelists:
Al Bsharah, CEO & Co-Founder,Embarke
Mitch Thrower, Founder & CEO, BUMP Network
Mike Perry, CEO & Director, CRISI Medical Systems

Each of these entrepreneurs has been through one or more incubator or accelerator programs.  Hear what they have to say about how to choose the program that is right for you!

Participating incubators and accelerators include:

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Ansir Innovation Center and Fab Lab SD 

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Are you a software company looking for funding?


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Applications closed Monday, March 31, 2014.



What is VentureLink?

SDVG’s VentureLink program connects venture capital firms with local talent and businesses to encourage investments within our region.  We put 4 or 5 qualified companies in front of a VC for a one hour meeting. TVC Capital will meet with selected SDVG companies on April 23, 2014.

VentureLink is sponsored by:


Who is TVC Capital?

TVC Capital is a growth equity firm focused on investments in and acquisitions of software companies and software-enabled service firms. They target a wide spectrum of software sectors and industry verticals that are poised for growth and consolidation. As prior operating executives, TVC’s team has unique insights into the challenges faced by growing software companies.

TVC Capital III was formed in 2013 with $75M in capital commitments. Their target is an average check size around $7M-8M (can go as low as $4M or put together rounds up to $20M)

What is TVC Capital looking for?

o B2B software or software enabled service firms
o Revenue between $2.5 and $10M
o Very strong management team
o Capital efficient both historically and looking forward
o Sector agnostic but are currently interested in HCM, Healthcare IT, Business Process Management, Digital Media, Financial Technology
o Sustainable competitive advantage in a favorable competitive environment

More information about TVC Capital can be found here. 


Applications due Monday, March 31, 2014.

Questions?  Email SDVG.



Know a life science company needing expansion capital?


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Applications due Friday, March 6, 2014
VentureLink is sponsored by:



What is VentureLink?

SDVG’s VentureLink program connects venture capital firms with local talent and businesses to encourage investments within our region.  We put 4 or 5 qualified companies in front of a VC for a one hour meeting. Telegraph Hill Partners will visit San Diego to look for investment opportunities Friday, March 27, 2014.


Who is Telegraph Hill Partners?

Telegraph Hill Partners (THP) is a leading venture capital and growth equity firm dedicated exclusively to life science and healthcare investing. In 2013 they closed their third fund with $310M in capital commitments and in February, 2014 announced the addition of a San Diego partner and office.

THP invests in companies with advanced technologies that have already demonstrated organic revenue growth and a superior business model. Areas of focus include life science tools, reagents, specialty chemistries, medical technology, medical devices, healthcare IT, healthcare services, agriculture and animal health. They have invested in a number of San Diego based companies including Althea Technologies, AltheaDx, Nexus Biosystems and Kinetikos Medical.


What is Telegraph Hill looking for?

Often, the companies in which THP invests have been boot-strapped and THP is their first institutional investor. In many cases, they are the lead or sole investor, though they also participate in financings with other experienced investors. THP III will make relatively few investments and add lots of effort to them and work very closely with their portfolio companies to provide strategic and operational guidance. They are looking for to work with innovative entrepreneurs and experienced management teams that want a partner dedicated to growing their business.




Applications due Friday, March 6, 2014.
Questions?  Email SDVG.



Are you looking for Series A funding?

 VentureLink is generously sponsored by:Moss_Adams_LLP


What is VentureLink?

SDVG’s VentureLink program connects venture capital firms with local talent and businesses to encourage investments within our region.  We put 4 or 5 qualified companies in front of a VC for a one hour meeting. Core Innovation Capital will visit San Diego to look for investment opportunities on  January 30, 2014.
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Core Innovation Capital invests in innovative companies serving low and moderate income consumers in America. They are passionate about financial services that meaningfully improve the lives of the Emerging Middle Class, and focus on early growth-stage for-profit companies.  Their portfolio companies include Ripple Labs, savvymoney, and L2C inc.


What is Core Innovation Capital looking for?

This VC is focused in the financial technology space. More specifically, Core is looking for consumer finance solutions targeting low and moderate income Americans. Additionally they are looking for companies in the Series A stage that have experienced at least some market traction. This is a double-bottom line venture capital fund – meaning that on top of seeking market-rate returns, they screen companies for their ability to improve lives.

Screening criteria that will be used to review candidate companies:  (yes, please read this!)

  • Getting ready to raise a Series A financing in the next 12 months
  • Raising $2-8M in capital
  • Financial services technology and services
  • Technology is developed and ready for use

If you meet these criteria and wish to meet with Core Innovation Capital, then push the button below and complete the application:


Applications are CLOSED.        Questions?  Email SDVG.



PitchFest semi-finalists named!

Semi-Finalists for 14th Annual SD Venture Group’s PitchFest named 

Field of 10 to be narrowed down to three, that will compete for $25,000 within next two weeks; December 12 event to determine winner by audience vote.

Graciously sponsored by….

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To register for the December 12 PitchFest event, visit

SDVG announces the semi-finalists that are competing to be the final three chosen to present at its 14th Annual PitchFest event on December 12. The 10 semi-finalists were chosen from over 90 applications from San Diego area start-ups. The field will be narrowed down to a final three by a panel of local venture capitalists within the next two weeks.  Those three finalists will compete for over $25,000 in cash and prizes at the dinner event.

The 10 semi-finalists are:

Sonrgy, Inc.



Raynforest Inc.

Nasseo, Inc.

Pangea Pal

Zenhavior, Inc.

Precision Information (Publisher of the Educated Investor®)

Curvo Labs


To register for the December 12 PitchFest event, visit


PitchFest is made possible through the support of Procopio, Silicon Valley Bank and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.


VentureLink is back!

Know a software company with revenues that needs expansion capital?



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What is VentureLink?

SDVG’s VentureLink program connects venture capital firms with local talent and businesses to encourage investments within our region.  We put 4 or 5 qualified companies in front of a VC for a one hour meeting.
Susquehanna Growth Equity will visit San Diego to look for investment opportunities on Thursday, November 7, 2013.

Who is Susquehanna Growth Equity?

Susquehanna is a growth equity firm, based in Pennsylvania, with numerous portfolio companies on the west coast, primarily Silicon Valley.  The fund is seeking companies currently doing $5-$50M in revenues. Some exceptions will  be made, if the company is doing $400k-$500k a month and on target for a $5M run rate, demonstrating good growth. Their focus is on recurring revenues, and investing for growth.

What is Susquehanna looking for?

Susquehanna seeks to invest in information companies in the software vertical.

Specific areas of interest include:  healthcare IT, big data, consumer internet, financial, payments, security, human resources, and other B2B applications.



Applications due Friday, October 25, 2013.        Questions?  Email SDVG.

VentureLink is sponsored by:



New Tools in Lifescience Finance

Corporate partners, philanthropic organizations, royalty finance, “build to suit” …  Who needs a VC anyway?

Whatever happened to the good old Series A?  Can everyone go public now – in forward or reverse?  How do you balance doing good with doing well financially?   Our speakers will tell you!


Friday, Oct 25, 2013; Hyatt Regency La Jolla
7:00 – 7:30 networking,
7:30 breakfast – 8:00 program starts


Bob More, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Bob Baltera, former CEO of Amira Pharmaceuticals

Amanda Cashin, PhD Alexandria Real Estate Equities

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Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Our moderator is Bob Baltera, former CEO of Amira Pharmaceuticals and SDVG Board member.  Bob will lead a discussion about lifescience financing outside the traditional VC route.

Bob More of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will discuss his new role and the emerging field of philanthropic investing.  Learn how charitable organizations are seeking to use their financial resources to drive positive outcomes.

Barry Michaels, CFO of our “Cool Company” Organovo, will share his experience utilizing a reverse merger to fund their start-up and working their way to a $500M market cap.

Amanda Cashin, Vice President of Alexandria Real Estate Equities,

Amanda Cashin, PhD, of Alexandria Venture Investments will talk about how the venture capital arm of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. strategically invests in cutting-edge, disruptive life science companies.


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Biotech financing is not dead. It’s different!

 May 22, 2013 ~ 7- 9 am ~ Hyatt Regency La Jolla~ 7am networking; 7:30am breakfast; 8am program

Registration closed Monday, May 20 11:00AM
Limited walk in registration is available for $60


Biotech financing has changed in the past few years.  Gone are the days of $50M start-ups, “platform” deals and fully integrated R&D organizations.  However, pre-revenue companies are going public, Big Pharma is doing deals, and companies are being formed.

We will explore topics such as:

  • Is the current public market real?  How long will it be open?
  • Should we confidentially submit under the JOBS act?
  • Should we consider an option deal as an alternative to another private round?
  • Just how does royalty financing work at an early stage company?

Join SDVG board member Nim Shah as moderator as we explore the new ways life science entrepreneurs are raising the funds they need to move their projects forward.

Our speakers are:


Eckard Weber, Partner, Domain Associates





Kleanthis G. Xanthopoulos, Ph.D., President & CEO, Regulus Therapeutics Inc.





Todd Davis, Managing Director, Healthcare Royalty Partners



Thank you to our sponsors!



BioMedVentures 2013