General Event Info

What do I need to attend?

Purchase your ticket! You’ll then need to create an account on our events app, Fondi, in order to attend most content experiences. Use the same email address you used to purchase your ticket in Eventbrite to create your account and then sign in.

Startup San Diego In-Person Event Policy

Startup San Diego is following all county and local Covid-19 regulations and guidance. Our community's health and safety is our top priority. The County is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance that recommends everyone wear a face covering in indoor public settings, whether you've been vaccinated or not. We strongly recommend that you are vaccinated before attending any in person gatherings. Virtual options will be provided where possible for those who are not able to be vaccinated or are uncomfortable with attending in-person gatherings.

Why do you charge for this event?

Startup San Diego is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-run organization. We rely on the community to help support overhead, including technology to support not only this event, but events throughout the year. Your #SDSM2021 event ticket helps support networking, workshops, and community-building events for 2021 and beyond.

Why Startup Month and what should I expect?

We will be having Startup Month from October 1 - 29, 2021 which 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. Most of all, this years conference will feature in-person events, startup fairs, and award ceremony. 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 hybrid 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. #SDSM2021 is sure to be one for the books!

Can I get a refund on my ticket after October 1st?

Unfortunately, once Startup Month kicks off on October 1st, Startup San Diego will not be able to process refund requests. For more information please email

How to Access Fondi Events

If you purchased a ticket through Eventbrite, you are ready to join #SDSM2021! Simply login to our events platform using the same email address you used to purchase your ticket. Click here to access Fondi.

Does my camera have to be on?

Nope! You are welcome to keep your camera off. During smaller group sessions/workshops, we invite you to participate with your camera on and by speaking, but you are always welcome to stay off camera and use the chat feature.

Do I have to talk or can I be on mute the whole time?

You can talk or stay muted! Whatever you prefer, but we do encourage attendees to participate in small group sessions or utilize the chat feature in Fondi.

How much do tickets cost?

Tickets purchased in Fall 2021 are $40. You can grab yours here!

What does my ticket price go towards?

Your ticket prices goes to support Startup San Diego and our administrative and operational costs to organize networking events and conferences in San Diego.

If I can't make the event, can I gift my ticket to someone else?

Yes, if you bought a ticket and you're not able to come, you can email us at and let us know and we'll donate your ticket to a student or a veteran in need of a ticket.

What platform will the event be hosted on? How do I prepare? Is there anything I need to download? Are there device requirements?

We will be having in-person and virtual events for this years Startup Month. For information on In-person events make sure to check out our How It Works page for more information and check out our calendar to see the event structure. For virtual sessions/workshps you will need to have a Fondi account, Fondi is an easy virtual event platform which will allow speakers to present and attendees to participate in a more interactive and seamless way. all content sessions will be hosted there as well as incubator sessions. You can access the event through mobile and desktop. Recordings will be available after each session.

What is it for or what will I be listening to?

Our Startup San Diego team and board members have worked hard to find experts to speak at this years San Diego Startup Month. We've got Startup Founders and specialist speaking around topics from our 8 tracks. From marketing to sales, finance to design and people to customer research. They will be presenting and will be open to questions and networking during their sessions.

What can we expect with the new hybrid platform?

With this new hybrid platform you can expect more opportunities to connect and network with other individuals. Our in-person events will feature a Startup Fair, Startup Awards and closing reception. Our virtual events will focus on content and learning with out various tracks. All virtual sessions will be recorded so you can listen at your convenience.

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