The San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, founded by local entrepreneurs, to offer a voice, resources, and a support system to help entrepreneurs and their companies thrive in the San Diego ecology. The supporting program portfolio that we provide grows each year as the programs and benefits we offer evolve with our expanding member base, and will continue to grow as we work together.
SDEE has provided support and education to over ~2400 individual participants in the past 6 years. We are proud to offer quarterly Entrepreneur Roundtable events, reaching hundreds of entrepreneurs, on topics ranging from “How I started My Company and Why,” and “Being Fundable,” to “Beer- The Original Biotech.” We also offer a focused workshop series that offers a smaller, more intimate milieu for entrepreneurs to explore topics such as grant writing, negotiation, how to manage business operations, and more. Our monthly socials provide a relaxed environment for local members to network, socialize, and support each other through the challenging start-up landscape.
At our core, SDEE is a grass-roots organization, comprised solely of volunteers, working to improve the entrepreneur support system with the end goals of facilitating and fostering funding, new business growth, and jobs development in San Diego. We need a strong volunteer base to increase the systems we so badly want to develop, and offer volunteer opportunities in leadership development, fundraising, event planning, management, and more.
SDEE has been the safe and supportive group that, as a business owner, I have grown up in. It has offered me a team of people who unfailingly offer help, expertise, and guidance through the myriad of questions, twists, and turns that we all encounter when starting and growing a company. I am excited to act as SDEE President for 2017 and to work to give back a fraction of what SDEE has given me over the last 6 years.
This year, we hosted our 4th annual “Get to Know Your Neighbor” event, which focuses on opening the door for, and promoting, partnering locally whenever possible. We are also looking to expand our workshop series to include some new, more focused, networking opportunities. Make 2017 the year that you capitalize on your SDEE membership by increasing your involvement; joining a committee, taking advantage of learning opportunities, and helping us to provide more support than ever to you and everyone else in the SDEE network!