San Diego’s entrepreneurial landscape is being featured as a model for other communities as part of an online series by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a private, nonpartisan foundation that promotes entrepreneurship.

San Diego’s story is the latest installment of ID8 Nation, a series on the website that profiles places considered to be vibrant entrepreneurial communities. Each city’s story in ID8 Nation is told through video, with supporting text, podcasts and infographics.

“For U.S. cities striving to develop strong entrepreneurial communities, San Diego is inspiring and instructive,” said Thom Ruhe, vice president of entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. “While its startup ecosystem is unique to the city, you can find models of innovation and collaboration that other cities can learn from and apply.”

The Kauffman Foundation cited San Diego as having startups involved in biotech, life sciences and wireless innovations, as well as across-the-border tech collaborations, defense contracting, sports and art. It credits San Diego’s startup ecosystem with maximizing its natural resources and diverse population.

Organizations featured in the ID8 Nation segment on San Diego include Qualcomm Inc., a startup-turned-industry-giant; Polara Golf; Firewire Surfboards; and Spanish-language entertainment media and service provider Busca Corp.

— SDBJ Staff Report