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Event Review: Get to Know Your Local Venture Capitalists

On June 8th, 2017, the San Diego Entrepreneur Exchange (SDEE) hosted an event to get to know your venture capitalists (VC) at the Bella Vista Social Club & Cafe and The Roth Auditorium at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. Barney & Barney and Marsh & McLellan Agency sponsored the event. 

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The Entrepreneurs Guide to Navigating BIO Convention

By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting, Inc.

In chatting with my colleagues and clients in the life science community, many are unsure of whether the upcoming BIO meeting is a good fit for entrepreneurs. Scientific founders in the throes of starting a new entity may know their science well, but are left to figure out all the other aspects of running and growing a business on their own. And while BIO offers many sessions on scientific topics, they also cover topics of concern to entrepreneurs - topics SDEE covers in the workshops and events we hold throughout the year. 

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Green Energy Entrepreneurs – Be Prepared to Be Unprepared

May 4, 2017 SDEE How to Create a Green Energy Company: A Guide for Entrepreneurs

By Jared C. Hooks, PhD, Science Communicator

$3.5 billion and $780 million. That’s how much venture capital was being invested in clean tech last year for California and San Diego, respectively (1). So, as a green energy entrepreneur, one might ask, “How can I get my hands on some of that sweet, sweet capital?” With this question in mind, SDEE presented a workshop designed to address the state of green energy, the trials and tribulations of capturing that capital, and where opportunities might lie in the future.

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Food and Drink Guide to the 2017 BIO Exhibitor Hospitality Receptions

By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting, Inc.

The Exhibitor Hospitality Receptions during the 2017 BIO International Convention will be held in the Exhibit Hall on Tuesday, June 20, 5:00 - 6:30 pm. This is networking at its finest and not to be missed. During this evening event, participating exhibitors make their attempt to hold crowd-gathering and engaging activities in their booths. They also woo BIO attendees to their booths with food, drinks, and giveaways.

Here’s a list of what will be provided – in order of booth number – to help you navigate your way. And don’t forget to bring a lot of business cards! 

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SDEE Workshops – A Great Resource for Entrepreneurs

May 4, 2017 SDEE How to Create a Green Energy Company: A Guide for Entrepreneurs

By B. Jack Pan, Ph.D. Student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

I was fortunate enough to participate in a recent SDEE event -- "How To Create a Green Energy Company." The event began with a lively crowd, productive conversations, and meaningful exchanges. During this networking opportunity, I was able to learn about each attendee's company, as well as to experience the diversity of green energy businesses in our region.

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June 2017 Member News

June 2017 Member News

Member News provides an opportunity for SDEE members to share news and announcements. June Member News features Sustainable Surplus Exchange, CureMatch, Reveal Biosciences, MaxCyte, and Neuropore Therapies. 

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Relating the San Diego Entrepreneur’s Experience to the Foreign Press

When the State Department Paid a Visit to SDEE 

By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting, Inc. 

With immigration and other foreign policy matters still up in the air, the United States Department of State continues to pursue enduring matters such as technology, innovation, and world economic growth. Through its Foreign Press Centers, the State Department provides foreign-based journalists with services to help them report on American society, politics, and culture. They recently hosted 25 foreign journalists on their American Innovation and Entrepreneurship Reporting Tour that included a visit with San Diego Entrepreneurship Exchange (SDEE) on May 2, 2017.

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Why You Should Get to Know Your Neighbors… and Attend More SDEE Events

April 6, 2017 SDEE Get to Know Your Neighbors Event

By Neil Thompson

On April 6, SDEE hosted its 4th Annual Get to Know your Neighbors event. By the time I arrived, the event was in full swing. To describe it, think networking mixer on steroids. Plenty of bustle and business cards. Where to begin? 

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5 Tips to Be A Successful Entrepreneur

April 6, 2017 SDEE Get To Know Your Neighbors Event

By Dr. Roberta Vezza Alexander

Osman Kibar, PhD, the founder and CEO of Samumed, gave the keynote address at the SDEE event Get to Know Your Neighbors event on April 6, 2017. Osman is a seasoned entrepreneur who has founded or co-founded several companies before Samumed. With his entertaining communication style, he delivered a great speech and shared interesting personal experiences and tips for how to be a successful entrepreneur. Here are five tips captured from Dr. Kibar’s presentation:

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Message From Our SDEE President

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!


Taylor Moyer

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