San Diego Business Journal

The San Diego Inventors Forum has officially filed nonprofit 501(c)(3) status, and there is talk among members that two local banks who are sponsors of the member group are willing to help fund promising new inventions that come before the organization. Dan Wolfson, the man behind the forum, said that meetings of the group have grown so popular that he and his fellow members are looking for new space, and think they have found it. Next month the group moves to a new facility with a 200-seat meeting room — details to be announced. Sheppard Mullin hosted the group for the last five years. Details will be posted at sdinventors.org ... Meanwhile, Wolfson says he has “re-invented” the old-fashioned purse hook. Details at his new website: handyhangup.com ... The Entrepreneur Challenge, run by ambitious students at UC San Diego, will hold its first elevator pitch competition of the new year on Feb. 13 in Atkinson Auditorium on campus. Janssen Healthcare Innovation is sponsoring the event that will feature two-minute presentations, or “pitches,” before five judges from participating students on campus and at local research institutes. Details at challenge.ucsd.edu … Meanwhile a student team led by Uzair Mohammed, a freshman at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering, took the top prize at the second annual TriNet Challenge, a competition designed to promote new innovations and technologies. Mohammed’s team, which included MBA student Loren Change from the Rady School of Management, received $6,000 to help fund a project utilizing a highly cost-effective bio-filtration technology for purification of drinking water, river cleaning, urban development and water infrastructure, according to a news release. Dimitri Deheyn, a scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and his team took second place along with $3,000 in cash to help fund a Sea-Eye, an underwater hyper-spectral imaging technology to improve oil exploration ... Sandag’s San Diego Freeway Service Patrol has expanded to weekends as part of a pilot initiative. The program features drivers behind the wheels of a fleet of 19 tow trucks and eight pickup trucks helping motorists with such emergencies as tire changes and jump-starts. Executive Director Gary Gallegos said the agency is expanding the program to ease traffic tie-ups caused by vehicle breakdown. He said the program has helped more than 50,000 motorists during the past year ... Finally, this item worthy of after-hour consideration. The Southern California premier of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s, “The Brothers Size,” the newest production from The Old Globe in Balboa Park, runs through Feb. 24. Chicago Tribune said the play was the greatest piece of writing by someone under 30 in more than a generation.

Tom York is contributing editor of the San Diego Business Journal. If you have interesting tidbits, send them to tyork@sdbj.com or tom.york@gmail.com.