Startups & Investing

Shared Workspaces

Shared workspaces in San Diego, including a mix of office and lab space.
WorkspaceDesk SpaceOffice SpaceLab SpaceSpecial Features
Bio, Tech and BeyondXXXFocuses on life science companies
BioLabsXXXFocuses on life science companies
DeskHubXX
Downtown WorksXX
ScaleMatrix Launch CenterXXXIncludes CLIA sequencing facility
SmartSpaceXX

Incubators/Accelerators

Accelerators and incubators with a focus on San Diego and/or life sciences.
NameTypeCostBenefitsDetails
EvoNexusIncubatorFreeoffice space, mentoring, access to capitalSan Diego based incubator which is completely free - no equity, no fees; focused on software, hardware, and life science startups
Exo IncubatorVirtual/IP PoolNegotiatedmentoring, shared expertise/IP, access to capitalVirtual incubator focused on exosome and extracellular vesicle IP, technologies and companies
Founder Institute - San DiegoAccelerator$1299 + 4% equity for $0 investmentmentoring; help with fundraisingAccelerator with shared equity program (paid out from 4% equity buy in); 3.5 month program
JLABSIncubator?lab space, office space, shared facilities, office managementJ&J operated biotech and medical device incubator; founded in San Diego with multiple locations throughout North America
Plug and Play San DiegoAccelerator? for $25k investmentoffice space, mentoring, networkingAccelerator for mostly tech-based startups; they also have programs in Silicon Valley and Mexico
StartRAcceleratorFree*office space, mentoringSan Diego based accelerator run by UC Rady School of Management; free for Rady students and alumni; 6 month program
Illumina AcceleratorAccelerator8% equity for $0 investmentoffice space, lab space, sequencing reagents/instruments, expertise, access to capitalSan Francisco based accelerator run by Illumina; focused exclusively on genomics startups; 6 month program
YCombinatorAccelerator7% equity for $120k investmentmentoring, capitalThe original accelerator, based in Silicon Valley; mostly focused on technology, but lately have been moving into the life sciences; 3 month program

Investing

Investment groups and resources with at least a partial focus on life sciences and San Diego
Investment GroupDescription
Genomics Investment SyndicateInvestment group focused exclusively on “omics” startups
Seed San DiegoSan Diego startup up focused investor group
Tech Coast AngelsAngel investment organization based in Southern California, including a San Diego branch

Other San Diego Investment Resources

More useful resources for San Diego entrepreneurs, startups and investors.
ResourceDescription
ConnectNon-profit organization spun out of UC San Diego dedicated to helping San Diego startups and entrepreneurs
Genomics Coffee SDCasual get-together for the San Diego genomics community (there is also a Bay Area chapter)
San Diego Entrepreneurs ExchangeEntrepreneur group focused on Life Sciences, Biotech, Pharma, Medical Devices, Tech and Alternative Energy.
San Diego Startup WeekAnnual event which brings together local entrepreneurs, investors, and other involved in the San Diego startup scene; includes a biotech/medical track
San Diego Venture GroupNon-profit organization designed to bring San Diego-focused entrepreneurs and investors together
SDTechSceneSan Diego Tech Scene maintains a calendar of the various startup events in and around San Diego
Startup San DiegoNon-profit organization supporting San Diego startups and entrepreneurs
Startup Talk with Millard & AndrewPodcast where hosts Millard Chan and Andrew Moss, both of Tech Coast Angels, talk with local entrepreneurs
Timmerman Report's Long Run PodcastPodcast from Luke Timmerman focusing on various biotech topics (not focusing on San Diego, but useful for anyone interested in the biotech industry)