5:45 pm17:45

SDSW: San Diego Startup Ecosystem

  • 450 B Street (16th Floor) San Diego, CA, 92101 United States

This informative session covers the benefits of launching a startup in San Diego area. Explains why it is not necessary to move to another city to start a new business. What role the city of San Diego is playing to attract and develop new businesses. What are the new trends and which local resources are available to support entrepreneurs and wantrepreneurs gather more knowledge about entrepreneurship, find mentors and have access to funding.


  • Eric Gasser, Founding partner, Seed San Diego
  • Jacques Chirazi, Founder, Biomimicry San Diego & Switzerland
  • Adriana Eguia, Executive Director, Tijuana EDC
  • Alex Waters, Program Manager, Collaboratory for Downtown Innovation
  • Briana Weisinger, Startup Advocate, Co-Founder, Board Director, and Director of Business Development UCSD, San Diego Chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs, Hera Labs, and Hera Angels
3:15 pm15:15

SDSW: Techstars Presents: Mentor Madness

  • 450 B Street, 16th floor San Diego, CA, 92101 United States

At Techstars, we have a tradition of bringing multiple mentors into our program to meet all of the companies in month one we call Mentor Madness. During this session, you’ll have the chance to meet with Techstars MDs and mentors for 20 minutes 1:1. Space is limited, so you need to apply and be selected to participate. Teams selected will receive a confirmation email from us before Tuesday, June 20. 

Allison Long Pettine, Co-founder of Seed San Diego, will be one of the mentors! There are only a few spots available for the mentor session. If you haven't already, please apply below.

Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdT-ab1mGV2-S39h7pYFksaoJTh_gaOwcxtny4V8GTLMT2uKg/viewform?c=0&w=1

10:45 am10:45

SDSW: Female Angel & VC Panel

  • 707 Broadway (15th floor) San Diego, CA, 92101 United States


  • Allison Long Pettine, Founding Partner, Seed San Diego & Crescent Ridge Partners
  • Silvia Mah, Founder, Hera Angels
  • Felena Hanson, Founder, Hera Hub
6:00 pm18:00

Founders Talk: Allison Long Pettine, SEED SD & Adam Harris, Cloudbeds

  • Outsite

The founders of one of San Diego's premier investment groups and one of San Diego's leading software startups discuss building great startups. 

As the Founding Partner of Seed San Diego, Allison Long Pettine is an active angel investor in disruptive technologies. She has a background in life science venture capital and serves as a mentor throughout San Diego's startup community. 

One of Allison's most promising investments is Cloudbeds, which is a hospitality management software company founded and run by serial entrepreneur, Adam Harris. Cloudbeds has acquired more than $20M in funding and more than 7,000 properties and 40,000 vacation rentals use their products every day. Their clients have generated more than $2.5B in room revenue in over 130 global markets. With Cloudbeds’ products, independent hoteliers and property owners are empowered to fight against the largest companies in hospitality. 

The event is hosted by Outsite, which is a network of co-living and co-working spaces in beautiful places catering to entrepreneurs, business travelers, creatives and digital nomads. For more visit Outsite.co

*Complimentary drinks and snacks will be served. 
**Space is very limited. Must RSVP here. Event is first-come, first-served. We will close the doors when we are full. 
***Parking: No parking on Avocado Ave. Park only on the 101 or Neptune Ave or you may get towed at your expense. Grandview Beach parking is open as well.

10:00 am10:00

Ignite Innovator and Entrepreneur Conference at UC San Diego

Show Me the Money! How Do You Fund a Startup


Price Center UCSD. Sign up here. 


  • Allison Long Pettine, Founding Partner, Seed San Diego
  • Dave Schwab, Triton Technology Fund (VC and early stage VC funding)
  • Jennifer Schneider, Tiber Creek (expert in non-dilutive funding)
  • Iman Famili, Sinopia Biosciences


Dennis Abremski, Director, UC San Diego Institute of the Global Entrepreneur; VP, SoCal EED

5:30 pm17:30

Startup Investing: Love & Money


"Money can't buy you love, but it places one in an excellent bargaining position."

We LOVE the San Diego startup community and want to share an intimate evening with you discussing the topics you care about for your startup success.

Join us for an evening with Tyler Jensen, Eric Gasser and Amy Chang. Get the insight you're looking for from these local experts in entrepreneurship, investing, and leadership. More details to come!

When: Monday, February 13, 2017.

Where: Deskhub, San Diego

Time: 5:30PM- 8:00PM

Event details and tickets here.

5:00 pm17:00

Evening with an Entrepreneur: Taner Halicioglu – Interviewed by Allison Long Pettine

Taner Halicioglu earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from UC San Diego in 1996. He went on to work for such companies as Cisco Systems, Loudcloud and eBay before he landed at Facebook in October 2004, less than a year after the company was founded.

Halicioglu was among Facebook’s first 20 employees. As a software engineer and operations officer, he developed the hardware infrastructure that enabled the social network’s explosive growth. The company now has about 1.5 billion active users worldwide.

He left Facebook in 2009 and served as a reliability engineer at Blizzard before returning to UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering in 2013 as a lecturer.

In June 2015, Halicioglu announced his intention to give $2 million to UC San Diego to help improve teaching in computer science, a program straining to deal with explosive growth.

“I want to give the Department of Computer Science and Engineering the resources it needs to teach students and the ability to serve as many aspiring students as possible,” said Halicioglu. “These teachers truly inspire students.”

Allison Long Pettine is President of Crescent Ridge Partners, a venture fund that provides seed capital to early stage startups. She actively invests in entrepreneurs developing disruptive technologies across all multiple to build successful and sustainable companies. Prior to founding Crescent Ridge Partners, Allison was Vice President at Viscogliosi Brothers, a New-York based venture capital company focused on cutting-edge orthopedic medical device technologies. She was previously part of the founding team and Director of Corporate Finance and Strategic Planning at Paradigm Spine, a startup that developed non-fusion spinal implants to treat degenerative and deformity spinal disorders. Allison holds a BA in Management Science and a BS in Psychology from UC San Diego and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.


Atkinson Hall Auditorium, UCSD. Click here to sign up. 

1:00 pm13:00

Lightspeed Innovations Cohort 2016-02 Pitch

  • National University

"LightSpeed Innovations is the Aerospace Start-up Factor that offers startups access to a large network of experts, mentors, and investors in the industry during an intensive three-month business boot-camp.  LightSpeed Innovations is dedicated to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the U.S. aerospace sector."

Register here. 

Oct 18

Unreasonable Lab San Diego (ULSD) - Cohort 2

"This Lab, focused on Business Model Validation (BMV), is a 5-day accelerator for idea/early-stage, San Diego-Tijuana (Cali-Baja)-based entrepreneurs that are tackling environmental, financial, health, social problems. It is designed to help these entrepreneurs rapidly identify and validate the foundational assumptions of their business."

Join Seed San Diego in helping San Diego's social ventures get a start. 

Sign up for the lab here. 

Listen to the Impact Matters Podcast here. 

Tech Coast Angels Quick Pitch Competition
6:00 pm18:00

Tech Coast Angels Quick Pitch Competition

  • Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall

Tech Coast Angels (TCA) is pleased to announce our upcoming celebration of the 10th anniversary of our John G. Watson Quick Pitch Competition held on October 6th, 2016. This competition is one of the most recognized angel investor events in the nation showcasing talented entrepreneurs who are given 2 minutes each to pitch their business to an expert panel of judges and a large audience of investors, business executives, and community leaders.

This year we are introducing several exciting changes, including:

  • Doubling the cash prizes from $15,000 to $30,000
  • Audience voting to determine all the winners
  • Recorded live for The Pitch VC podcast

The finalists will receive invaluable coaching from our experienced TCA members and The Pitch podcast investors, and the winners of the event will be awarded cash and business services from our generous sponsors. Prepare to also hear from past finalists who have accomplished many milestones and made considerable progress since competing.

Apply here. 

5:30 pm17:30

Meet the Xconomists

  • The Farmer and the Seahorse

More than 250 startup founders, CEOs, investors, and innovators in attendance, including tech leaders from: Bootstrap Innovation, Analytic Ventures, Correlation Ventures, and Seed San Diego. 

9:00 am09:00

Hera Venture Summit

  • University of San Diego - Mother Rosalie Hill Hall

Our Summit will bring together EXPERTS from both sides of the investment table to share best practices, essential tips and lessons learned. Binational, local and global resources will be shared and discussed along with trends and hot topics around gender investing.

One-day intensive event aimed at equipping and connecting female founders and female funders.

Register here. 

7:30 am07:30

San Diego Venture Group - Venture Summit

  • Hilton San Diego Bayfront


"Venture Summit is the largest annual gathering of VCs in Southern California! This year at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront  600+ people will gather to meet 40+ Cool Companies, and hear speakers from top tier venture funds from Jackson Square Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Maveron, ElevenTwo, Revolution Ventures, Mercury Fund, Emergence Capital, Microsoft Ventures, and Mithril."

Register here. 


4:30 pm16:30

SDSW: Tacos with Taner

The man, the myth, the tacos. Seed San Diego is hosting an informal get-together for entrepreneurs and makers to meet Taner with tacos in hand. 

Details to come.