SDEE Newsletter_December 2015

The San Diego Startup Times by SDEE

We at San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange are so grateful for the support of our entrepreneur members, sponsors, partners and volunteers in 2015. Your support helped us bring a wide variety of educational workshops, events and networking opportunities to the San Diego entrepreneur community. Your interactions via our new website and social media pages have greatly increased our ability to reach out to a whole new audience of local entrepreneurs. 

We're excited to share our 2015 SDEE events and member highlights in this year-end newsletter. Wishing you a joyful and prosperous 2016!

Newsletter Highlights:

  • SDEE Year in Review
  • Featured Interview - Regina Bernal, Coordinator, USC Entrepreneurship & Experiential Learning 
  • Member News


Thanks to our entrepreneur members, sponsors and volunteers, we were able to host several panel discussions, workshops and vendor shows providing educational and business resources to our community. This year's events and workshops included tips on partnerships, obtaining grants & investor funding and entrepreneurial tales shared by founders of local startups. Our new interactive website, events and social media outreach helped us increase our active membership to 130 and counting. We're looking forward to continuing to grow our community engagement in the next year. Here is a snapshot view of our 2015.

EVENTS: Financings: Tales from the Tranches; Get To Know Your Neighbors; Founders Tales of Startup to Success

WORKSHOPS: Alliance Roadmaps: Navigating The Process To Obtain And Build Winning Partnerships; Advanced Topics in Grant Writing; What You Need To Know About Term Sheets



MONTHLY HAPPY HOURS - Thanks to New English Brewing Company for hosting our monthly SDEE Happy Hours. This year we had an amazing turnout for each one. What a great way to meet and chat with local entrepreneurs!


YEAR END SOCIAL - Our SDEE members Year End Social was so much fun with great food, an elegant venue, generous prizes and engaging networking. We had a fantastic turnout with 77 member attendees. It was truly a great way to wrap up the year!



Your engagement with our new website this year has been tremendous. We now have 1,382 website supporters!
Our social media following is growing fast. Your "Likes", "Shares", "Comments" and "Retweets" on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook are much appreciated.
LinkedIn - 1,454 group members.
Twitter (@SDEEorg) - 264 followers. Thank you to our top retweeters @ExploraLabs, @RevealBio, @Allele_Biotech, @smbaxtersd, @RandySchreck, @AmyDuncan12, @DeeAnnVisk, @SylviaNorman11.
Facebook - 301 page likes.



Regina Bernal leads entrepreneurship initiatives in the School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego (USD). As the entrepreneurship and experiential learning coordinator she empowers student entrepreneurs to turn their venture ideas into a reality through the V2 Pitch Competition, the Legacy Entrepreneurship Conference, and the year-long coaching and mentoring program.

“The goal of these initiatives is to help the next-generation of entrepreneurs go from an idea or inspiration to a venture concept, and maybe even launch their own business,” said Regina. “Regardless of the career path the students choose, they will learn the foundations of how to start up and move their ideas forward.” While the initiatives were born out of the School of Business Administration, they are open to students campus-wide—undergrad, MBA, and international.

What makes the initiatives unique is that they leverage the international theme of USD. “USD has had very close ties to Mexico, so we are initially focusing on the Cali-Baja mega region,” said Regina. With a USD track and a binational track, the initiatives provide resources for entrepreneurs on both sides of the border. Altogether the initiatives received more than 100 projects this year—55 for USD and 67 for binational. 

The highlight event each year is the V2 Pitch Competition, which has tripled in entrants, prize money, and attendees since its first run three years ago. “This is basically academia meets the real world,” said Regina. The students work directly with angel investors who look at business proposals on a day-to-day basis. “V2 has been a huge success on the extracurricular side. Members of the community come to network with the angel investors and meet the student ventures. It’s a huge celebration for entrepreneurship in San Diego,” said Regina. “Our first event had 15 entrants and now we’re up to 55. The ventures are very diverse and include technology, digital apps, devices, and lifestyle brands.”

Click here to view more of this interview.


It was an especially successful year for our SDEE members. We're proud to share the following highlights:


Donna Perdue - Donna Perdue of Perdue IP Law, APC, gave a talk entitled "Whither the fruits of innovation: Assessing potential impacts of the Nagoya Protocol on research and development activities utilizing genetic resources" at the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) annual meeting in September.

James Evans, PhenoVista Biosciences - Celebrating our first year in business, thanks for support from the SDEE community!

Zack Prag, ALT - – Is excited to announce their new warehouse on Nancy Ridge Drive is filled with lots of great equipment from BP Biofuels and others. Everything is sold fully tested and serviced to manufacturer spec and comes with up to 1 year warranty. Call Zack and reference Promo Code: SDEE  858-952-0435

Sue Prelozni from Sustainable Surplus – Active military, veterans, reservists and their families will now have access to the online Exchange of Sustainable Surplus.  Read story here

DeeAnn Visk, consultant – DeeAnn Visk, a local medical writer, has published two articles in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN). DeeAnn was recently elected to a two year term as President of the local Association for Women in Science chapter. 

Dana Buckman, Flow ParadigmFlow Paradigm acquired a well-known flow cytometry education company, FloCyte, earlier this year.  This combination of two different areas of flow cytometry, services and education, leverages each company's strengths.







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