CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center (CAJC) is the region’s first accelerator program and business resource center established specifically to support diverse or financially disadvantaged founders. CAJC will provide startups the support they need to scale and support the local entrepreneur community with access to resources to encourage their development.
Welcome to CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center.
As the region’s first accelerator program focused on diverse or financially disadvantaged founders, CAJC will provide startups the support they need to scale: resources such as expert mentoring, free co-working space, and the opportunity to access capital, and will not require founders to give CAJC an equity stake. Companies will be accepted in cohorts lasting six months and the accelerator will open in Spring 2019.
A First for Accelerators.
Are You Ready to Accelerate Your Startup?
Our goal is to create a vibrant, self-sustaining ecosystem that results in more and better job opportunities for diverse communities. Companies that apply and are accepted to the accelerator will participate in a six-month program tailored to support their needs. CAJC is also home to a business resource center that will connect entrepreneurs that are not quite ready for the accelerator with resources to move their ideas and businesses forward.
We accept all types of startups, but CAJC is focused on being inclusive and is committed to creating an accelerator for diverse and financially disadvantaged founders looking to create jobs.
San Diego Residents
CAJC serves founders of businesses that are located in the City of San Diego.
Ready to Grow
The Accelerator is best for companies or businesses that are already started, want to grow quickly and are looking to create jobs.
Apply Now for the Accelerator.
Applications are now open for our first group of accelerator participants. Applications close on February 1, 2019 at 9:00pm PST. Please make sure to review all criteria before applying and be prepared to send us your Executive Summary.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Will the CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center (CAJC) Accelerator invest money in companies that participate in the program?
We currently do NOT provide capital investment. We provide free access to coworking space, community resources and networks, mentors, training sessions, investors and much more. We do not require founders to provide CAJC with an equity stake in their company in order to participate.
What diverse founders are the accelerator targeting?
The goal of the accelerator is to support the growth of businesses run by underrepresented and LMI founders, including women, African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, LGBTQ+, and Veteran founders. We encourage all diverse and LMI founders to apply!
What is LMI (low-income)/financially disadvantaged?
LMI means “Low to Moderate Income.” CAJC is focused on supporting LMI founders and encouraging accelerator participants to hire from the LMI community. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets income limits that determine eligibility for programs like CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center. HUD develops income limits based on Median Family Income estimates and Fair Market Rent area. To find out if you qualify as LMI view the 2018 HUD Income Limits PDF.
What is the difference between the CAJC Accelerator and the CAJC Business Resource Center?
The CAJC Business Resource Center is a community asset for all entrepreneurs and businesses to get support through both in-house and referral partners.
The CAJC Accelerator is focused on helping startup businesses with some traction that are looking to leverage technology and scale for rapid growth.
What is the time commitment?
The program will be based on a full-time schedule, so we require at least one co-founder on your team to be able to work in the program's co-working space and participate in the accelerator curriculum.
Who is the ideal applicant for the Accelerator?
If you are a diverse and/or LMI founder of a business that is beyond the ideation stage with a product that has some traction (sales, customers, pilots, users, etc.), then we strongly encourage you to apply for the accelerator. If you are a diverse and/or LMI entrepreneur, founder, or person with a great idea that you’d like to get some help on moving forward or there is one specific aspect of your business that you need help with, then we strongly encourage you to check out the resource center when it opens in 2019.
A Gem in the Diamond Neighborhood.
The CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center Accelerator and Resource Center will be located at The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to “foster a thriving community envisioned and realized by its residents.” Our work is based on the philosophy that residents must envision, drive, and own change in their community to make it meaningful and sustainable. JCNI believes that investment in diverse businesses is critical to realizing the economic potential of communities.
404 Euclid Ave
San Diego, CA 92114
Support and Funding for CAJC.
CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center is made possible by the support of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Funding is provided by the City of San Diego Economic Development Department, and private funding from partners such as MUFG Union Bank N.A. and bkm OfficeWorks. This program is funded in whole or in part with Community Development Block Grant program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the City of San Diego.
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