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Find what you need to start and scale your business.  Startup78 is an initiative of Innovate78 and San Diego Regional EDC to unite and amplify the resources available to entrepreneurs along the 78 Corridor with the goal of helping startups scale to become long-term, viable businesses that support our economy.

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What People Are Saying...

As a North County resident, I'm excited to see the North County startup community coalescing and taking advantage of our high quality of life, proximity to other startup hubs (south and north), and pools of talent, capital, and space. Today, innovators and entrepreneurs can build companies in North County supported by all the resources needed to succeed.

Ashok Kamal | Executive Director, Tech Coast Angels - San Diego

North County is cranking.   San Diego is cranking.   Follow-the money.  VCs are coming in waves, and funding entrepreneurs.  Start-ups are proliferating.  Talent is moving here from Silicon Valley as well as other tech regions.  And why wouldn’t they – there’s an amazing tech community, a global-leading Life Sciences and Genomics center, world-class universities … and oh yeah… coastline, sun, and Mexico.

Mike Krenn | President, San Diego Venture Group (SDVG)

North County has been a stronghold for serial entrepreneurs in San Diego as by the time they are on their 4-5 company, it's usually quality of life for the family that beckons them to the glorious lifestyle that is North County. While there may not be physical densities like downtown and UTC, the personal connections are strong amongst North County entrepreneurs as lifestyle blends with business as the years and companies mature." 

Neal Bloom | Chairman, Startup San Diego

North County has all the right ingredients for startups. It's a very diverse economy with almost every industry sector present. There's great talent available from the universities and colleges along the 78 Corridor, and a very collaborative community that inspires innovation. It's a great mix of business, industry and lifestyle that creates an optimistic tone throughout the region.

Dan Hendricks | President, Open Source Maker Labs (OSML)

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78 Corridor Startup Resource List

View the full resource list below, or use the drop down menus here to filter that list based on location, growth phase and industry.

Locations

Growth Phase

Industry

  • Bio, Tech and Beyond

    North San Diego's life sciences incubator.

      • idea
      • life-sciences
      • tech
  • California Community Colleges

    Navigate local education programs to bolster your skills or recruit talent.

      • education
      • idea
      • growth
      • 78corridor
  • City of Carlsbad

    Home to the most startups along the 78 Corridor.

      • carlsbad
      • idea
      • tech
      • startup
  • City of Escondido

    Location of the first San Diego region company to go public in 2018, One Stop Systems.

      • education
      • startup
      • growth
      • escondido
  • City of Oceanside

    Robust small business community and a cluster of biotech manufacturers.

      • life-sciences
      • manufacturing
      • oceanside
      • startup
      • growth
  • City of San Marcos

    The education hub of the 78 Corridor and home to several EV related companies.

      • life-sciences
      • startup
      • 78corridor
  • City of Vista

    Location of the only maker space in North County, Open Source Maker Labs (OSML).

      • idea
      • life-sciences
      • manufacturing
      • tech
      • vista
      • scale
  • Common Grounds

    Coworking space in Carlsbad, planning expansions throughout the US.

      • carlsbad
      • life-sciences
      • tech
      • scale
  • CONNECT

    Biotech accelerator and incubator located in UTC area, serving startups throughout the San Diego region.

      • life-sciences
      • tech
      • scale
      • other
  • CSUSM

    Education and startup support through Sam Clarke, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship.

      • education
      • startup
      • sanmarcos
  • Hanscom

    Drone patent attorney.

      • action-sports
      • tech
      • startup
  • Incubate Ventures

    Incubator, coworking space, and venture capital community.

      • carlsbad
      • idea
      • tech
      • growth
  • Lab Trader

    Scientific equipment supplier.

      • life-sciences
      • tech
      • growth
      • escondido
  • LIFT Development Enterprises

    Small business/ startup accelerator offering courses to help businesses grow above $100k.

      • growth
      • 78corridor
  • Make

    Coworking space located in Carlsbad, created by real estate company Cruzan.

      • carlsbad
      • tech
      • startup
  • Mooring Ventures

    Boutique investment firm dedicated to accelerating success for early-stage companies.

      • idea
      • seed-and-development
      • vista
  • Open Source Maker Labs (OSML)

    Maker space where you can utilize great equipment to rapid prototype.

      • tech
      • sanmarcos
  • Pacifica Companies

    Real estate company open to letting startups use their vacant space for incubation.

      • tourism
      • seed-and-development
      • startup
  • San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE)

    A nonprofit run by entrepreneurs created to support entrepreneurs and pre-entrepreneurs interested in Life Sciences, Biotech, Pharma, Medical Devices, Tech and Alternative Energy.

      • idea
      • seed-and-development
      • startup
  • San Diego Startup Week

    Largest annual startup community event in the San Diego region.

      • tech
      • startup
  • SBDC North County

    Providing free counseling, business plan support, and funding opportunities.

      • seed-and-development
      • startup
      • growth
      • 78corridor
  • SBDC USD

    Providing free counseling, business plan support, and funding opportunities.

      • carlsbad
      • oceanside
      • seed-and-development
      • startup
      • vista
      • growth
      • sanmarcos
  • SDNEDC

    Partnering with National University to host an accelerator program.

      • education
      • idea
  • SDVG

    Elevating the San Diego innovation economy with presentations, events and investor networking.

      • tech
      • startup
  • Silvergate Bank

    A local bank that can help startup companies grow.

      • growth

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