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San Diego Chapter


Founded in 2010 with 18 Fellows in the inaugural class, the San Diego Chapter has since grown in size and impact in San Diego's startup tech scene. Fellows from the San Diego Chapter are founders of high-potential tech startups including  Dealstruck, Syte Shirt and Rock My World and nPruv, as well as companies that have garnered national and international recognition, including Tomnod, Tap Hunter, and Dharma Express.

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Program Leaders : Dan Knudsen (Co-founder and CSO, CleverPet), Bhairvee Shavdia (Zahn Innovation Center, SDSU), Fabrice Gould (Founder and CEO,Diggen), Siggy Tsadok (Harbor View Solutions) & Gordon Fletcher (Digital Storage Solutions)

Advisors : David Karlman (DePrima Ventures), Nikki Zahl (SoCal EED)

San Diego Chapter Sponsor : The Irvine Company, Pillsbury
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SLP San Diego Fellows


Mike Krupp, Ph.D. CONNECT EIR and Biomedical Business Development Consultant
David Karlman, CEO of DePrima Ventures
Barbara Bry, Blackbird Ventures
Tim Rueth, Private Investor, Start-up Advisor & Coach
Terry Moore, M.B.A. Founder and Managing Partner of Moore Venture Partners
Larry Cox, Ph.D. Kauffman Fellow, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Pepperdine University
Chris Fugelsang, J.D., Ph.D. Vice President, Tavistock Life Sciences
Phil Baker, Inventor, Author of From Concept to Consumer, and Entrepreneur
Brant Cooper, Author of The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development and Founder & Principal of Market By Numbers
Michael Lurie, M.B.A. Founder and CEO of Blue Mine Group
Scott Evans, Director of Inside Sales,
Michael Wood, M.B.A. is Senior Manager of Business Development & Marketing at Orexigen Therapeutics
David Turner, CEO and Co-founder, Parallel6
Jack DeFranco, M.B.A., President and CEO of Targeson Inc.
John Rodenrys, M.S., Senior Managing Director of Leading Ventures
Ricardo dos Santos, M.Eng. M.B.A. Sr. Director of Business Development at QUALCOMM’s Corporate New Business Development group
Val Popescu, CEO of VirtualMetrix
Dana McGowan, CPA, CFO of Ocera Therapeutics
Elizabeth Kane, J.D. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati
Nick Tait, Barney & Barney
Matt Garrett, Founder of TGG Accounting
Ted Jacobs & Darren Morgan, Cushman Wakefield
Polly Murphy, D.V.M., Ph.D., M.B.A. VP Worldwide Business Development of Pfizer
Greg Horowitt, Founder of Global CONNECT, Co-founder and Managing Partner of T2 Venture Capital
Robin Toft, President of Sanford Rose Associates - San Diego
Michelle Youngers, CEO of Science Media
Lee Wills Irvine, Sr. Manager Human Resources, Qualcomm
Rick Cooper, Tech Coast Angels
Mike Yuen, Co-founder, President, and CEO of Zeebo Inc.
Neil Senturia, CEO of Blackbird Ventures
Tom Halle, VP, Strategic Alliances and Channels of Hitachi ID Systems
Steve Blank, 8-time Serial Entrepreneur, Author of Four Steps to the Epiphany, and Lecturer at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and Columbia University
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  • June 1 - July 15: Admissions Round 1
  • July 31 - Round 1 Decisions
  • July 16 - August 1: Admissions Round 2
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