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Update on San Diego Startup Week 2020

Recent news and answers to questions regarding this year's event.

In light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, we are evaluating the postponement of San Diego Startup Week 2020 from May to fall 2020. We want to be able to provide the experience that our SDSW participants expect and deserve in a safe environment.

The health and safety of our Startup San Diego community, organizers, volunteers, and partners is our highest priority. As such, we are actively monitoring news updates on COVID-19 and recommendations from the local, state, federal, and global health organizations.

Having spent the past six months preparing for SDSW, we are genuinely bummed about considering postponement, but our fundamental belief is community over all! Therefore, we will continue to base our decisions with the health and well-being of you all at the forefront.

Regardless of our decision surrounding SDSW, we thank you for your continued Startup San Diego support and sincere commitment to growing our startup ecosystem. We will be sure to keep you all updated as more information becomes available. Until then, stay safe and healthy!

When will there be a clear decision on postponement of SDSW 2020?

We are actively monitoring news updates on COVID-19 and recommendations from the local, state, federal, and global health organizations and are working very closely with our SDSW partners with hopes to share more information with our community in the coming weeks.

What is the status of the SDSW speaker selection process?

As the organizing team is judiciously evaluating the postponement of SDSW, the speaker selection process has been put on hold until we have reached a formal decision around SDSW. We will keep all speakers informed as more information becomes available. 

What is the San Diego Convention Center’s response and action to ensure the health and safety of onsite guests?

Precautionary measures include enhancing onsite communications and signage in restrooms regarding preventative actions, placing an increased number of hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched objects, and providing ongoing training for SDCC staff and partners regarding best practices for providing a safe and healthy environment. For more information, please visit the San Diego Convention Center Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & FAQ page.

What about other Startup San Diego events?

We are also currently working on short-term strategies to ensure continued support of our startup community. At this time, the production of all of our monthly events will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. As a precaution, mass gatherings or events that garner large groups of our community members, such as 1st and 3rd Mondays, will be evaluated real-time in association with local information development. Our workshops that are part of The Startup Series, a program of the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Collaboratory for Downtown Innovation--powered by Startup San Diego and Mission Edge, scheduled to kick-off Tuesday, March 17th will be postponed to commence in late April.

Where can I find more local information on Coronavirus?

If you have general questions about coronavirus disease, you can visit the San Diego County official Coronavirus Disease 2019 page or call 2-1-1 to speak to someone. 2-1-1 San Diego website

  • March 17, 2020 County of San Diego amended Health Officer Order dated March 12, 2020 as of 12:00 am on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020.
  • March 12, 2020 County of San Diego announced a public health order banning gatherings of 250 people or more will be starting at midnight on Friday through the end of March.
  • March 12, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California public health officials issued an updated policy and executive order on gatherings to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. The state’s public health experts have determined that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. Find the full policy here.
  • March 11, 2020 The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic.
  • March 4, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency in California. This statewide proclamation waives the requirement for local governments to renew local health emergencies and local emergencies at regular intervals. San Diego County's will remain in effect until terminated by the Board of Supervisors.  
  • February 14, 2020 San Diego County declared a local health emergency and proclaimed a local emergency to deal with the novel coronavirus.


San Diego County gives coronavirus update after reporting 5 presumptive positive cases, bans large gatherings

Additionally, senior citizens are asked to stay home and limit travel.