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As the article described: "Since its inception in 2007, StartupCircle has established itself as one of San Diego's most effective organizations working with entrepreneurs..."
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Dec. 9th San Diego Plug and Play Tech Center - Pitch Event!
We have a new location for the fourth Plug and Play pitch event, and the event space is huge: over 7,000 sq feet on the 19th floor of 707 Broadway in downtown San Diego.
It's going to be an amazing afternoon of startups pitching and San Diegans networking over craft beer with some of our
Plug and Play San Diego has already awarded $350,000 to the 14 local startups selected at our three previous pitch events. These local startups are now part of the Plug and Play Tech Center portfolio and they are raising additional investment funding as they grow. Since 2006, Plug and Play TC has raised more than $2.6 Billion for 250+ startups worldwide!
A a new feature this year: the "Corporate Lounge" and "OpenGov Lounge" for startups to meet corporate and government leaders for potential contracting opportunities.
PNP Startup Camp Selections: May 9th
The Plug & Play San Diego judging date is set for May 9th as 18 startups will be pitching to a star panel of judges!
This event will have a limited guest list. If you are a member of StartupCircle and would like to attend, please reply asap and let us know.
Our efforts to bring Plug & Play to San Diego were mentioned in a recent Union Tribune article, along with other developments in the San Diego startup scene.
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There is no limit to the number of startups that will be selected on May 9th to receive $25,000 on the spot and the opportunity to spend three months in Silicon Valley. The immediate funding provides a quick boost. But more importantly, selected startups will participate in a structured StartupCamp that begins with weekly sessions here in San Diego and then in Sunnyvale, culminating in the main event: the final EXPO / Demo Day in September to pitch to over 100 VCs and go after the real funding.
Plug & Play companies have received over one billion dollars in funding since 2006. In 2012 alone, P&P facilitated $500 million of value for startups via M&A exits and initial funding.
Let's give a shout out of Good Luck to all of the startups who are pitching!
The Judges: Saeed Amidi, Founder and CEO of Plug and Play Tech Center; Alireza Masrour, VP of Technology Investment at Plug and Play Tech Center; Liz Gasser, Vice President Business Operations of Qualcomm; Lada Rasochova Director of Entrepreneurship at the UCSD Rady School of Management; Alex Roudi Chairman of Interwest Capital; Robert Reyes, Founder of StartupCircle; Bill Walton, Chairman of Connect SD Sport Innovators; Duane Roth, CEO of Connect; Leo Spiegel, Managing Partner of Mission Ventures; Greg Lucier, Chairman of Life Technologies; and Rory Moore, CEO of CommNexus!
Read about the program in Xconomy:
"Initiative Opens Plug and Play Startup Camp and $25k to SD Startups" 12/13/12