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My family moved to San Diego when my grandfather enlisted in the Navy during World War II. After the war, he opened a gas station in Pacific Beach. It wasn’t a tech company, but he was an entrepreneur. And he built his small business with the support of his community.

Today, nearly 70 years later, San Diego is a thriving tech hub, attracting over one billion dollars in venture capital last year. With great universities like UCSD churning out top tier tech talent, and big companies like Illumina and Qualcomm attracting the best engineers to San Diego, the quality of companies starting up and growing in San Diego is at an all time high.

Home to startups in genomics, life sciences, pharma, biotech, cyber security, drones, robotics, and software, the thing that makes San Diego a great place to start a company is the community. If you ask San Diego entrepreneurs what they like best about growing a company here, they’ll tell you that everyone is welcome and San Diego embodies #givefirst.

San Diego Startup Week, a week of entrepreneurial-focused panels and networking events, celebrates and supports this amazing community of entrepreneurs, hackers, makers, and doers that have chosen to set up shop in America’s Finest City.

Over the past few years, San Diego Startup Week has grown from a few hundred people at a handful of events to this year nearly 5,000 attendees attending over 150 events in 15 separate tracks making it one of the largest Startup Week celebrations in the world.

This year, San Diego Startup Week is happening June 19th – 23rd. Techstars is proud to support the San Diego startup community and partner with the organizers of San Diego Startup Week to host a full day of events on Tuesday, June 20th featuring Techstars founders, mentors, Managing Directors, and staff.

Techstars Presents at San Diego Startup Week:

9:30 AM – Power of Networks and Community
John Hill, Network Catalyst, Techstars

10:45 AM – The Art of the Elevator Pitch
Ryan Kuder, Managing Director, Techstars Anywhere

12:15 PM – How to Leverage Big Brands
Panel Moderator: Ryan Kuder
Cody Simms, Executive Director, Techstars
Matt Kozlov, Managing Director, Techstars

1:30 PM – Finding and Engaging with Great Mentors (and Why it’s Important)
Panel Moderator: Ryan Kuder
Techstars founders: Duncan Street, Emily Rotolo
Mentors: Anna Barber, Mark Bowles

3:15 PM – Techstars Mentor Madness
Unfortunately, we’ve got limited space for the Techstars Mentor Madness event. If you’re interested in meeting with Techstars Mentors and Managing Directors, please apply here.
Managing Directors: Anna Barbara, Cody Simms, Matt Kozlov, Ryan Kuder
Mentors: Mark Bowles, Allison Long Pettine, Bach Le, Dave Titus, Ping Wang, Jon Belmonte, Eric Otterson, Bryan Hall

4:30 PM – AMA with Techstars MDs
Panel Moderator: Matt Helt
Anna Barber, Matt Kozlov, Ryan Kuder, Cody Simms

We hope you’ll join us to celebrate the San Diego startup community at one of the 150 events planned for the week. Find out more, and check out the full schedule at sandiegostartupweek.com.


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Ryan Kuder
Ryan is the Managing Director of Techstars Anywhere and was previously the Managing Director of the Virgin Media Accelerator powered by Techstars. As a 17-year tech veteran. Prior to joining Techstars, Ryan was VP of Marketing for San Diego based ecoATM. Ryan was also a founder at Neighborsville, and Give2Schools, which both crashed and burned spectacularly. He previously held marketing and product roles at Yahoo and eBay. He graduated from Georgetown University and is a Fellow in the Aspen Institute Business and Society program. @ryankuder