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.
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.
Weather Observation System Scheduled for Launch in 2024
The U.S. military has given a boost to a satellite program from General Atomics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.