A Mobile App for Mobile Living

TECH: Sēkr Raises $2.25M in Seed Round

An unmet need for camping spots catering to people living the van life led Breanne Acio to found Sēkr – a mobile app that now features the largest database of free campsites.

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Qualcomm Creates $100M Fund for Metaverse Development

TECHNOLOGY: Funding to Come from Venture Capital, Grants

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. is upping its investment into the metaverse. On March 21, the San Diego-based company announced the creation of the Snapdragon Metaverse Fund – a $100 million investment.

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U.S. Space Force Taps GA for Satellite

Weather Observation System Scheduled for Launch in 2024

The U.S. military has given a boost to a satellite program from General Atomics.

Aleran Opens San Diego Office

SOFTWARE: Company Looks to Service Regions’ Manufacturers

On March 2, Minneapolis-based Aleran Software announced it opened its first office location outside of Minnesota in San Diego, the “epicenter of the new manufacturing and B2B tech growth engine,” according to Aleran CEO Alex Sayyah.

Element Launches AVITI Benchtop Sequencer

BIOTECH: Company Touts High Performance, Low Cost

In a virtual presentation held March 14, Element Biosciences announced the commercial launch of its AVITI benchtop sequencer.

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SD IoT Firm Shines at SXSW

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Wiliot, the San Diego-based IoT pioneer enabling trillions of everyday “things” to gain intelligence and cloud communicate, has been recognized at the 2022 SXSW event as an Innovation Awards finalist in the “Smart Cities, Transportation & Delivery” category.

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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Qualcomm Shares Optimistic Growth Potential at Investor Day

MOBILE TECH: Cloud, AI, 5G Adoption Drives Increased Addressable Market

The overall message coming out of Qualcomm Technologies Investor Day was one of optimism about growth opportunities for the company, despite ongoing geopolitical turmoil that was also on the minds of many stockholders who attended the event on March 9.

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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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Growing DragonSCALES

SOLAR: mPower Raises $10M in Series B

mPower Technology, a solar company operated out of Carlsbad, announced in February it had raised $10 million in Series B financing to expand the company’s R&D and manufacturing capabilities.

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A Food Waste Solution for Small Municipalities

CLEAN TECH: The Compost Group Going From R&D to Scaled Business

When Naomi Wentworth moved into a San Diego apartment, she found that not only did she not have a backyard to make her own compost, but there was also no separate compost collection on trash day.

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Maker of EV Charging Stations Acquires Battery Company

MANUFACTURING: Beam Global Doubles Size of Portfolio

Beam Global, a manufacturer of portable electric vehicle charging stations, is acquiring AllCell Technologies, a Chicago-based company that manufactures the batteries that are used in Beam’s portable charging stations.

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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.

Cox Offers Its Telephone Customers Free Calls to Ukraine, Eastern Europe

Cox Communications announced that the company will provide Cox Voice customers with free long distance calling to Ukraine, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria and Moldova through at least March 7.

IT Executive Group Helps the Next Generation

TECHNOLOGY: SIM San Diego Distributes Almost $30,000 in Scholarships

SIM San Diego has reached a significant milestone in its support of students studying technology. The organization has given away $200,000 worth of scholarships with its most recent round of awards.

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