The volunteer group behind San Diego Startup Week, an annual event that started in 2013, is looking for a full-time leader.

Startup San Diego, which has recently begun to actively expand its presence beyond its signature event, is on the hunt for an executive director to task with broadening the nonprofit organization’s impact.

“We realized that we needed to be bigger than one event per year — we need to be a year-round resource to the startup community,” said Neal Bloom, Startup San Diego’s executive chairman.

Bloom was recently tapped to take over the executive chairman role from Startup San Diego’s founding executive chairman Austin Neudecker.

In February, Bloom left his role as head of the San Diego market for Hired, an online marketplace for tech recruitment where he worked for more than two years, to strike out on his own.

He is consulting with local companies on marketing, branding expansion strategies, and said he plans to develop his own marketing agency.

Bloom said the organization sees itself as a primary contact for people in San Diego who want to become entrepreneurs.

That being said, San Diego Startup Week highlights the entire ecosystem, from early entrepreneurship to IPO.

Other events the organization now organizes are First Mondays, an after-hours get-together for entrepreneurs, and Convergence, a four-day event aimed at college students interested in or involved with startups.

Last year the founding group pushed to recruit other volunteers to beef up the organization’s presence, and it now has a roster of more than 250.

More than 16 candidates applied for the role the day Startup San Diego announced its executive director search, Bloom said.

The application is posted at

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