In a nod to the estimated 110 startups downtown, San Diego civic leaders took the wraps off the Collaboratory for Downtown Innovation on June 28.
The University of California, San Diego Extension and the Downtown San Diego Partnership announced plans to work together for two years to support and strengthen downtown’s tech ecosystem.
The point of the organization, or CDI, is to make connections — particularly between downtown and the research-heavy Torrey Pines Mesa neighborhood to the north.
Programs will operate out of the Downtown San Diego Partnership office.
The partners plan an ideas forum, a talent accelerator and an entrepreneur exchange.
• To encourage collaboration and the exchange of ideas, CDI will develop a series of roundtables to connect downtown tech entrepreneurs with researchers and scientists at UC San Diego and on the Torrey Pines Mesa. These roundtables will provide participants an opportunity to learn from experts and discover new ways that science and technology intersect and identify new business opportunities.
• In addition, the CDI will leverage UC San Diego Extension’s certificate and pre-college offerings to provide a variety of education and training programs, with a special focus on providing computer science and information technology skills to youth in underserved communities.
• To ensure that entrepreneurs at every stage of development have the support and mentorship needed to excel, CDI will offer a wide range of entrepreneurship support and incubation activities including skills development workshops and pre-accelerator programs.