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Welcome to San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange! 

The San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization run by local entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs and pre-entrepreneurs interested in Life Sciences, Biotech, Pharma, Medical Devices, Tech and Alternative Energy. SDEE was founded to provide a voice and resources for early stage startups, to encourage new entrepreneurs, and sponsor networking and educational services to help develop skills necessary to bring new businesses and funding to the San Diego area. 

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  • Beer: The Original Biotech

    Come and sample a few local craft breweries and listen to the Founders talk about their experiences with starting companies, building teams, raising money, and developing their businesses

    Featured Founders/Breweries

    Simon Lacey, Founder, New English Brewing Company

    Jeff Bagby, Founder, Bagby Beer Company

    Dave Hyndman, Founder, Reckless Brewing Company

    5:00 – 6:00 p.m.         Beer tasting and networking, SDEE Member company exhibits
    6:00 – 6:10 p.m.         Introduction to SDEE
    6:10 – 6:20 p.m.         30 Second Pitch
    6:20 – 8:00 p.m.         Brewer Presentation and Discussion


    Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 05:00 PM · 5 rsvps
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    Monthly Happy Hour

    Come network with your fellow San Diego entrepreneurs at Happy Hour hosted by New English Brewing Company.

    Everyone is welcome (and yes, registration is free!), SDEE members get 10% drinks discount.

  • News From SDEE Members


    SHE ANALYTICAL LABS, is a newly established testing facility in Carlsbad. We have furnished with HPLC/UV, GC/MS, GC/FID, GC/HS/MS, GC/HS/FID, preparative HPLC, LC/MS for food safety, environmental, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical analysis. SHE aimed to help small research group and small manufactures for quality control and method developments with affordable price.
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    Neuropore Therapies (NPT) Announces Achievement of $5 Million Milestone with UCB Collaboration

    SAN DIEGO, September 13, 2016 -- Neuropore Therapies, Inc. (NPT) announced today that they have successfully achieved a key program milestone in their collaboration with UCB.  After successful completion of a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled single ascending dose clinical study and additional non-clinical studies, UCB has awarded NPTTM a progression milestone of $5 million.   "We are very pleased with UCB’s decision to proceed with the development of this novel therapeutic candidate that initially arose from Neuropore’s drug-discovery platform.  This is an important milestone for Neuropore and reflects UCB’s continued commitment to a promising therapeutic opportunity for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease,” commented Doug Bonhaus, Ph.D., Neuropore’s COO. For full press release: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160913005482/en/Neuropore-Therapies-NPT-Announces-Achievement-Key-Program
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  • Meet SDEE Community

    Hera Venture Summit 2016

    San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange is proud to co-host the Hera Venture Summit on September 17, 2016. This one day event will feature panel discussions, keynotes and interactive sessions to inform and connect female entrepreneurs and investors. Highlights will include tips from Barbara Bry (Blackbird Ventures), Kim Kovacs (Golden Seeds SoCal), Regina Bernal (USD School of Business Administration), Lorine Pendleton (Pipeline Angels), Tyler Jensen (The Startup Garage), Trish Costello (Portfolia), Felena Hanson (Hera Hub), and Silvia Mah (Hera Labs & Hera Fund),    Hera Venture Summit When: Saturday, September 17, 2016 : 8:30 am - 7 pm Where: University of San Diego, SoLES auditorium Attendees: Entrepreneurs, Investors and aspiring angel investors who want to invest (resources, time and money) in women. As a SDEE member, you will receive a $40 discount, just enter promo code SDEE40off when you register. For more details, please visit http://www.heraventuresummit.com/.  SDEE will be exhibiting at the Hera Venture Summit. Stop by our table to hear about our upcoming events and member news. Hope to see you there!
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    The Perfect Pitch - Tips From the Pros

    June 23, 2016 Workshop: Perfect Pitch – For Creating and Delivering Winning Presentations by Neil Thompson, Patent Agent & Writer Does the idea of pitching an investor make you want to…abandon that idea? If so, you’re not alone. The pitch workshop, hosted by SDEE on June 23 at Hera Hub, was packed with people wanting to know how to perfect their pitch. Here are 10 tips from the experts. Specials thanks to our panelists Jeff Friedman (Tech Coast Angels), Larry Fromm (Achates Power), Diane West (2Connect), and Grace Chui-Miller (Correlation Ventures) for their nuggets of wisdom.  Get the audience’s attention within the first minute (Larry says you have one minute to grab investors’ attention before they tune out. Facebook photos won’t scroll through themselves after all. Larry also says that if you have an hour for the pitch, do it in 20 minutes, leaving the rest of the time for Q&A.) Tell the audience a story (Diane understands that investors need data to make an informed decision about your company, but she implores people who are pitching to couch that data in stories. Kids like stories. Adults do, too.) Know your audience (According to Diane, the story that the pitch audience wants to hear will vary. The technology-minded will want to hear a technology story. The business-minded? A business story. Find out beforehand who will be in the audience to tailor the story to the audience.) Be honest about challenges (One of Jeff’s pet peeves is presenters that say they have no problems. There are always issues to overcome. Be honest about them. The investors, if they choose to take you on, may be able to help.) Focus on your strengths, not your competitors’ weaknesses (Larry is immediately turned off by pitch presenters who disparage the competition. Chances are the pitch audience knows your competitors and all their warts. Focus on the benefits of your product and how it addresses the problem you’re solving.) Don’t claim that you have no competitors (When she hears a pitch presenter say there is no competition, Grace thinks either the pitch presenter didn’t do his homework or is lying to make his product seem more novel. Acknowledge the competition. It makes you seem more knowledgeable of the market.) Don’t include financial models with dramatic increases (If you’re a pitch presenter, do you have a slide in your deck that resembles a hockey stick, rising uniformly over a 10 year period then leveling off? Ditch that slide. Grace believes that 2-3 year financial projections are the best a pitch presenter can reasonably estimate. 10 years? 15 years? No way.) Always have backup slides with more detailed information on hand (In Jeff’s group at Tech Coast Angels, the pitch audience is often mixed. For example, a scientist may have technology-related questions, so have slides available that would address them. Don’t present those slides unless asked, especially if the majority of the audience is not science or technology savvy.) Be confident, not arrogant (Diane’s view is that there’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. The line consists of listening. Confidence is quiet. Arrogance is loud. Listen to learn the audience’s needs. Accept feedback.) Don’t try to get married on the first date (Larry is adamant that the purpose of a pitch is to start a conversation, not end it. Investors don’t typically write a check at the end of a pitch. The pitch is to get the pitch presenter to the next phase of the investors’ selection process. Hopefully, closing the deal will come soon enough!). Neil Thompson is a writer, patent agent, and notary public among other things. You can read his musings on his blog “I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff…” at neilithompson.com.
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SDEE is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded by local San Diego entrepreneurs
in order to provide a voice for the early stage start-up, to support new entrepreneurs and their companies,
and to sponsor networking and educational events
to help develop the skills necessary to bring funding, business, and jobs to the San Diego area.

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