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Update on San Diego Startup Month 2020

You've got questions, we've got answers!

In light of COVID-19, say hello to San Diego Startup Month 2020! #SDSM2020 will be coming to the community this fall virtually.  We are so incredibly excited to design a virtual experience that truly captures the magic and serendipity you've known and loved since 2013.

Having spent the past eight months preparing for a live SDSW, we are indeed bummed about postponement, but the decision was anchored in the health and well-being of all of you--community over all! We will provide the experience that our SDSM participants expect and deserve in a safe and virtual environment.

COVID-19 has presented several challenges to bringing together our community, but in true startup fashion, we are thrilled to pivot and respond to those challenges to provide participants with the new Startup Month experience. We’ll be sharing more over the coming weeks, but know we are working diligently behind the scenes channeling our inner event-experience unicorns to deliver you a next-level virtual experience.

We look forward to hosting you in the fall for a Startup San Diego adventure that’ll be one for the books!

We thank you for your continued support, patience, 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!

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Startup Month and what should I expect?

The Pandemic new WFH normal has really shaken up every facet of our daily lives! In this new normal, work-life-balance seems like a completely foreign concept and yes, the Zoom fatigue is so real. Re-imagining Startup Week virtually amidst a global pandemic meant taking all of this into consideration. Startup Month will deliver a month's worth of content, experiences, and most importantly community in a very intentional and palatable way! You'll be able to enjoy all that the conference has to offer without sacrificing extensive working hours or precious quality family time. We'll be sharing more information on the specifics over the coming weeks, but know that we are committed to bringing to life the magic you all know and love in a virtual format. Know that we are focused on intentional event design and that we are thinking outside of the box, truly letting our imaginations run wild. #SDSM2020 is sure to be one for the books!

When will the new SDSM 2020 dates be available?

San Diego Startup Month 2020 will take place in the fall virtually. We are working on finalizing the official month for scheduled programming in the coming weeks and will be sharing as soon as we solidify!

I am a current paid conference, startup fair, or resource fair registrant – will my ticket apply to the fall event?

Yes, all current registered attendees with purchased conference, startup fair, or resource fair tickets will be automatically applied to the new postponed event dates in the fall. We are working to get this information finalized in the next few weeks. For further questions, email info@startupsd.org

Why is SDSM 2020 both postponed and going virtual?

The decision to postpone and take the conference virtual was anchored in the health and safety of our startup community. COVID-19 presents far too many unknown unknowns, therefore, we are in the midst of reimagining the conference structure to provide the best possible participant experience virtually. Despite COVID-19 challenges, we have some really exciting things in store that are sure keep the Startup Month magic alive and make your #SDSM2020 something to remember.

What is the status of the SDSM speaker selection process?

With the official postponement of SDSM, the organizing team will be re-imagining the conference structure. The speaker selection process will resume over the coming weeks. We will keep all speakers informed as more information becomes available.

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, such as 1st and 3rd Mondays, are on hold in until the County public health order has been officially lifted. We just completed a free digital workshop series for early-stage founders, The Startup Series: Covid Edition, a program of the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Collaboratory for Downtown Innovation--powered by Startup San Diego and Mission Edge. All the recordings can be found on our website!

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

  • April 26, 2020 County of San Diego updated Public Health Order to remain in effect until April 30, 2020 with possible extension.
  • March 17, 2020 County of San Diego amended Health Officer Order dated March 12, 2020 as of 12:00 am on Tuesday, March 17, 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.