Tech Coast Angels–SD Rebrands as NuFund

Tech Coast Angels–San Diego is changing its name to NuFund Venture Group.

Qualcomm Powers into Popular Esports Arena

MOBILE: Partnering with ESL Gaming to Host Esports Tournaments Around World

Qualcomm Technologies is jumping, driving, shooting and brawling its way into the fast-growing world of esports.

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SHIFA360 Makes Final Round in XPRIZE Competition

NONPROFITS: Project Uses Tech to Train Immigrant Community in New Careers

SHIFA360, a project of Somali Family Service of San Diego (SFS), is one of five finalists in the XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling competition – a three-year competition to reimagine the future of work and transform worker training and education.

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Rao Named to Callaway Golf Board

Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY) announced on March 15 that it appointed Varsha Rao to its board of directors.

Finalists Make Their Pitch to be CFO of the Year

FINANCE: March 24 Event to Celebrate Financial Achievements, Business Acumen

Chief financial officers are typically the backbones of their companies, providing the financial acumen and fiscal discipline that keep their businesses healthy, strong and, hopefully, profitable. And yet, CFOs tend to be among the most unsung and low-profile of all C-level executives.

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Biocom Panels Address Public Market Volatility

LIFE SCIENCES: 2021 Saw Record Investment, Share Price Gyrations

A record 430 life science entrepreneurs and investors from around the world gathered for Biocom’s annual Global Partnering Conference, held Feb. 22-25 at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. The conference marked the first in-person Biocom event since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Blueprint Equity Closes on $175M Fund II

FINANCE: Fund Will Focus on Early-Stage Software, Tech

Building on the success of its $75 million Fund I, Solana Beach-based Blueprint Equity announced Feb. 25 it had closed on a $175 million Fund II.

Foundations Team Up to Boost Small Businesses

NONPROFITS: San Diego Foundation and California Southern Launch $500K Fund

California Southern Small Business Development Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that administers state-funded loan-guarantee programs that help finance local businesses, has launched a $500,000 fund in partnership with The San Diego Foundation.

Amazon Taps National University to ‘Upskill’ Workforce

EDUCATION: 750,000 Amazon Employees Eligible for ‘Career Choice’

San Diego-based National University (NU) has been selected by Amazon to serve as a national provider for the company’s Career Choice program, which offers Amazon hourly employees full tuition at NU to learn new career skills.

Classes Reshape The Workforce

JOBS: Community Colleges Step Up

California community colleges are big players in training the workforce that helps sustain the state’s robust economy.

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Calidi Eyes Public Markets in SPAC Merger with Edoc

BIOTECH: Companies Combine Promising Cancer Therapy, Extensive Network

Calidi Biotherapeutics is planning to become a publicly traded company sometime in the second quarter of this year.

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CSUSM Business Survey Says Consumer Confidence Remains High

ECONOMY: Student-Run Survey Recaps 2021, Looks Ahead to 2022

Business leaders in San Diego County feel the economy is doing well despite concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. While some types of business typically bustling in San Diego like tourism are taking some time to come back because of continuing pandemic concerns, companies in the biotechnology and medical device fields are gaining ground as is the craft brewing industry.

XY Labs, Outliers Fund Partner to Expand XYO Ecosystem

FINTECH: Co-Investments Will Support Geospatial Blockchain Research

San Diego-based crypto and data software company XYO/XY Labs has announced a $20 million co-investment with research and venture group Outliers Fund to accelerate expansion of the XYO Network – a so-called ‘geospatial blockchain ecosystem.’

Founders First Capital Partners is Model of Success

Founders First Capital Partners founder, chair and CEO Kim Folsom has always worked hard to shatter glass ceilings and overcome roadblocks in her career as a Black woman.

KORE Software Acquires Hookit

SOFTWARE: Move Combines Top 2 Spontech Firms

Earlier this month, San Diego-based Hookit announced it has been acquired by New York City-based KORE Software. The deal combines the two biggest players in the sports industry’s so-called ‘spontech’ space.

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