— Startup San Diego’s fourth annual Convergence kicks off Jan. 23.

The four-day event is intended as an introduction to San Diego’s startup community, and is especially tailored for those attending or graduating from local universities.

Its inception was an effort to answer the question: “How do we have university recruitment without having university recruitment?” said Brandon Christopher, whose title with Startup San Diego, the local nonprofit organization that also hosts San Diego Startup Week annually, is director of appreciation. Christopher, a University of San Diego alum, recently founded the company Driplytics,

“Convergence is the opportunity for students, or even if you’re not a student, to be able to have immersion into the San Diego startup community.”

Christopher, who manages the local chapter of Startup Grind, a Google-backed community for entrepreneurs, said Convergence is more of an intimate experience than Startup Week, in that it provides opportunities to get involved in interactive workshops and talk with mentors. (Startup Week’s structure features more talks.)

Hundreds of people have attended previous iterations of Convergence, which this year will feature 10 events, including a workshop on how to pitch, a startup crawl through a handful of local early stage companies and coworking spaces, and a panel on women in tech.

Tickets start at $15 at eventbrite.com.