Startup Month Experiences

We've got a whole month of
one-of-a-kind experiences just for you!

Track Content Week

Track Content Week: Monday, October 4th - Thursday, October 7th, content will go from 4 - 9:30 pm daily structured across our 8 functions based tracks. Check the schedule & add sessions to your calendar!

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Startup Month Incubator

In collaboration with Techstars & Ryan Kuder, a no cost, no equity program with expert training, mentorship and community to help grow and scale 10 awesome startups. Expert led sessions will be accessible to the Startup Month general audience. Incubator participants will receive additional mentorship from experts. Kicking off  October 11th so hurry & apply now!

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In-person Happy Hour, Startup Fair & Partner Expo

Hosted Friday, October 8th from 5pm - 8 pm by Downtown Works at the Carlsbad location, we'll welcome back the community with an outdoor in-person outdoor event featuring lite bites, beverages, and all the startups! Make sure you have your ticket --we still have a few tables available for purchase.

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Pitch Competition & Tournament

In partnership with Tech Coast Angels & Connect, hand-selected startups from our university and larger startup ecosystem will compete in the toughest pitch battle around! Our all-star judging panel will crown the lightweight & heavyweight champs. Winners will receive the opportunity to pitch in front of TCA, get complimentary mentor sessions with LogicBoost Labs, and a fellowship to Founders Institute Program. Judges include: State Farm Ventures, Moodoos Investments, Ad Astra, Connect & More. Apply to pitch now! Deadline October 5th.

Pitch Competition Eligibility criteria:
Company must be doing business in San Diegocounty OR looking to move to do business in the region.

Heavyweight Division:Incubator/accelerator/ecosystem support organization affiliationHave either revenue or customers Seed+ funding

Lightweight Division: Active StudentLocal College/University Support Program Affiliation Pre-seed funding

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Sponsor a Student Ticket

If you are a student in need of a free ticket, click here for a chance to receive a free ticket. Would you like to donate a ticket to a student? It’s easy! Simply select the “Donate a 5-Day Student Pass” option at checkout, and we’ll get your ticket to a student who needs one. Thank you!

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Startup Month Awards & Party Reception

Startup San Diego will host an inaugural capstone event for Startup Month 2021. Join us as we bring together 150 of the ecosystem's founders, investors, and community champions Friday, October 29th 5 pm - 8 pm at Stone Brewing Liberty Station. The evening’s festivities will feature the recognition of five community members, leaders, and founders. Enjoy a hosted networking reception, a brief program during a 3-course dinner, followed by more networking and entertaining. Nominations for the 2021 Startup Month Awards are due by 11:59 pm October 8th 2021.

We’ll be awarding 5 awards:

- INVESTOR OF THE YEAR: We envision San Diego as a thriving and inclusive global hub of innovation, producing meaningful and high-growth companies. A pivotal piece to the puzzle is funding. This award recognizes a mission-aligned local investor plays an exemplary role in funding our local homegrown companies. 

- IMPACT COMPANY OF THE YEAR: Entrepreneurs can change the world. And for some entrepreneurs, that’s their mission. The impact company of the year award recognizes the San Diego startup making the biggest impact on our world by changing lives for the best.

- STARTUP CHAMPION OF THE YEAR: Honoring an individual who values community collaboration and the coalescing of entrepreneurs, academic, research, private capital, government, corporate, and NGOs, to create a frictionless, zero-barrier-to-entry startup environment and has demonstrated it through actions.

- "THINK BIG" LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Presented by AWS, thinking small is a self-fulfilling prophecy. This lifetime achievement award recognizes leaders that have a history of creating and communicating a bold direction that inspires results across public & private sectors and markets. They think differently and have demonstrated a clear vision to look around corners for innovative ways to serve our Startup San Diego community and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

- STARTUP OF THE YEAR AWARD: There are a ton of amazing companies being built in San Diego. The Startup of the Year Award recognizes the San Diego startup that has shown rocket ship growth, amazing technology, unparalleled leadership, and is a startup that makes us all proud to be part of the San Diego Startup Community.

Nominate someone you think would be the best! Nominations close October 8th 11:59 pm.

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