‘ID8 Nation’ Web Channel Profiles How San Diego’s Sun and Lifestyle Define a Thriving Startup Community

Kauffman Foundation’s Web channel is seeking nominations for the next entrepreneurial U.S. cities to spotlight on ID8 Nation

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.), Aug. 13, 2013 – San Diego’s perfect climate and beaches are more than tourist attractions; they are fundamental elements in the city’s flourishing entrepreneurial community. San Diego’s vast entrepreneurial landscape is featured today in the latest installment of ID8 Nation’s profiles of city startup communities. They can be found on the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s multimedia web channel on entrepreneurship.org.

“For U.S. cities striving to develop strong entrepreneurial communities, San Diego is inspiring and instructive,” said Thom Ruhe, vice president of entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. “While its startup ecosystem is unique to the city, you can find models of innovation and collaboration that other cities can learn from and apply.”

ID8 Nation’s San Diego profile explores the growth of the city’s startup community and the factors that contribute to its diversified entrepreneurial ecosystem. With startups involved in biotech, life sciences and wireless innovations to across-the-border tech collaborations, defense contracting, sports and art, San Diego’s startup ecosystem maximizes its natural resources and diverse population. Organizations featured include startup-turned-industry-giant Qualcomm; Polara Golf; Firewire Surfboards; and Spanish-language entertainment media and service provider, Busca Corp.

The next city to be profiled on ID8 Nation is Seattle. The first city featured was Pittsburgh, and it is still available, along with San Diego, on the ID8 Web channel as well as the ID8 Nation tablet magazine. The magazine, now available via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.com, extends the Web channel content and allows users to interact with feature stories.

Each city’s story on ID8 Nation is told through video, with supporting prose, podcasts and infographics. Visitors are encouraged to leave comments and exchange ideas. ID8 Nation also invites nominations for cities with vibrant entrepreneurial communities for future segments.

Follow the conversation on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ID8Nation #ID8Nation.

About the Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org, and follow the Foundation on www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.

Media Contacts:
Rossana Weitekamp, 516-792-1462, [email protected]
Heather Kessen, 216-574-9100, [email protected], The Adcom Group

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