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Founders First Capital Partners and LIFT Development Enterprises has extended the deadline for their small business accelerator program, Fall 2019 South Bay Elevate My Business Challenge. They will now accept applications until 09/30/2019.

LIFT Development Enterprises (LIFT) is a not-for-profit small business growth accelerator program. Through four (4) strategy-focused workshops and meaningful mentorship, the program educates small businesses on how to scale their business, improve their business financial health, and become job creators. The program culminates with a pitch & graduation day where cash & service prizes are awarded to the top growth plan presentations, along with the opportunity to network with potential investors and partners. Post-program support is included for all graduates.

  • Deadline to apply: September 30th, 2019
  • Workshop dates: 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, & 11/12
  • Location:
    National University South Bay Campus –
    660 Bay Blvd., Chula Vista, CA 91910
  • Duration: 60 days (bi-weekly workshops & pitch event on 11/26/19)
  • Ideal candidate: Small businesses with annual revenues of $50K to $250K
  • All referrals will receive the $250 discounted tuition fee (*Retail: $500)!
  • Apply at https://liftde.org/apply-challenge/

Download the the flyer for more info.

Awards recognize local advisors who provide extraordinary service in the sale, acquisition, expansion or recapitalization of a company

CONNECT, a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego that creates and scales companies in the technology and life sciences sectors, was selected as a winner of a $50,000 prize in the third annual the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition from the SBA and its agency partners, the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Education. A total of $3.4 million in prizes was awarded to 68 accelerators across country. Winners of this year’s contest were chosen by more than 100 experts with entrepreneurial, investment, startup, economic development, capital formation, and academic backgrounds.

CONNECT, a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego that creates and scales companies in the technology and life sciences sectors, announced today that it will begin offering its programming at DeskHub, a collaborative workspace for entrepreneurs, creators and innovators that encourages social interaction and community building, in Little Italy to provide greater access and support for entrepreneurs in San Diego. The CONNECT expansion, to be known as CONNECT DT @ DeskHub, will begin facilitating the Springboard Accelerator Program in the downtown location immediately.

Arista MD, a technology-enabled service company providing eConsults and a suite of related specialist referral support tools, announced today it completed $11 million in financing. The Series A round was led by Avalon Ventures with participation from Correlation Ventures. The proceeds will be used to accelerate commercialization and further enhance functionality of the company’s proprietary Referral Intelligence Platform.

San Diego­ June 28, 2016 ­ Just released, the MeetnGreet app for iPhone and Android users is a free social community that helps people make new friends in San Diego that have similar interests, live nearby and are similar in age and life­stage. MeetnGreet is the ideal friendship matchmaker for San Diego transplants.

“In the past few years we’ve seen a proliferation of new types of products and new sectors under development in San Diego’s thriving innovation community,” said Greg McKee, CEO of CONNECT. “To reflect this growth, we’ve expanded our categories of innovation awards and the criteria for this year’s Most Innovative New Product Awards to ensure that we are showcasing the broadest spectrum of cutting-edge new products in life sciences and technology. Expanding MIP in this manner further serves our mission by providing an excellent competition and visibility for the companies and products who enter MIP.”

Thought-Leading San Diego Marketing Organization Teams with Elevator and Hubspot to Deliver High-Value, Hands-On Workshop

CONNECT, a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego that creates and scales great companies in the technology and life sciences sectors, announced on April 14, that in addition to the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Award, awarded to Magda Marquet and François Ferré, Dr. Diego Miralles, president of Adaptive Therapeutics, was the esteemed recipient of The Duane Roth Distinguished Contribution Award for Life Sciences, and Brad Feldmann, president and CEO of Cubic Corporation, was awarded The Duane Roth Distinguished Contribution Award for Technology. Each of these local visionaries has made significant contributions in their respective fields and have all contributed to elevating San Diego as a leader in the global innovation economy.

New interactive mobile app that spotlights local musicians joins forces with Switchfoot to recognize the local artist community