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San Diego Startup Recounts Experience at Bay Area Accelerator

San Diego startup LabFellows has returned from a long stint in San Francisco, where the company committed four months to tech accelerator Accelerprise.

Tim Ryan, the company’s co-founder and chief operating officer, was found lurking this week at the headquarters of San Diego Startup Week, an annual event he helped create.

San Diego Startup Week, which runs from June 19-23, is bustling with activity this year, and the event’s headquarters was teeming with Startup Week veterans like Ryan, along with lots of new faces. Organizers say the event may be the biggest yet, though final attendance count is pending.

“It’s nice sitting on the sidelines this year,” Ryan said, laughing.

Ryan said it’s nice to be back in San Diego, though his experience in San Francisco was both rewarding and productive.

Accelerprise is a tech accelerator that focuses only on software-as-a-service startups. Ryan’s company, LabFellows, is like “Amazon for labs,” automating the procurement, logistics, and compliance needs for life science companies. The startup was one of only eight companies chosen for the previous cohort.

When asked about his experience at the San Francisco accelerator, Ryan said the mentors were outstanding. Being part of an accelerator in the Valley gave him several chances to pick the brains of tech executives from high-flying companies such as Salesforce and Box.

“Being provided topical, actionable advice based on personal experience as an early employee of high-growth startups was so valuable,” Ryan said.

He also said that while the experience was overwhelmingly positive, it was also grueling.

“I was easily working from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., six or seven days a week,” Ryan said. “In an accelerator program, you are full time working on your startup while trying to be a sponge to soak up information from mentors and follow through on goal sets.”

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