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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.

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

Today, San Diego-based FitPod, the first reusable water bottle that allows users to enjoy their favorite supplements on-the-go with reusable cartridges, has announced that it has reached its Kickstarter campaign goal of $25,000 in just six days. Backed by over 650 people so far, FitPod, which uses Shark Tank-backed CleanBottle technology for its eco-friendly, convenient, and hygienic design, comes with reusable cartridges that are compatible with pre-workout supplements, electrolyte supplements, liquid water enhancers of all kinds, protein powder, and more.

SAN DIEGO, March 22, 2016 – The Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA), the leading association for today’s technology and services organizations, has released another chapter preview of its upcoming book, Technology-as-a-Service Playbook: How to Grow a Profitable Subscription Business, due to publish this May. Chapter 9 of the new book, called “The Case for Managed Services,” discusses how standing up a managed services (MS) business can be a gateway for technology companies to enter into the XaaS (X-as-a-Service) marketplace.

Staff Smart, Inc., a national IT staffing and recruitment agency, has recently transferred operations to offices on Rancho Bernardo to accommodate growth. The agency announced the addition of two Fortune 500 companies to its client portfolio as well as a 250% increase in revenue since 2010.

eAngel, a service that uses real professional proofreaders to make sure your outgoing emails have no mistakes, officially launches. As soon as you hit ‘send’ the email is proofread within minutes and sent to the recipient without them ever knowing it had a stop on the way.

We are excited to announce the creation of Forum Public Relations, a full-service public relations and communications agency specializing in the sciences, engineering, architecture, and the arts.

“Our goal with CapitalMatch is to develop relationships with a large network of investors across the country. We work to understand their investment interests and then introduce them to the vetted San Diego companies that meet their investment criteria,” said Shawn Richardson, Senior Director, Match Programs at CONNECT. “We believe that being a part of the CapitalMatch program will be impactful for Fragmob, GRI Bio, Guru, and Jaan Biotherapeutics as they raise capital in the coming months.”

WowYow has partnered with Myspace to provide viewers with an all-new interactive video experience.

“Presenting this new education series is a natural next step for us as we work to identify and create ways to support the fundraising efforts of start-ups in San Diego,” said Shawn Richardson, Senior Director, Match Programs at CONNECT.