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Accelerating San Diego Startups

Let’s Get Your Business on the Fast Track

Our program provides the tools you’ll need to scale quickly, including expert mentoring, weekly workshops, a community of fellow entrepreneurs and assistance in learning about different types of capital as well as various ways to raise capital. And, did we mention our cool co-working space?

All services are free, and no equity stake is required. Applications are currently being accepted. Begin the application process below!

Application Criteria

Daring to be Diverse

CAJC accepts San Diego-based startups in various industries, with an emphasis on businesses run by diverse and low to moderate income (LMI) founders. If you’re game for rapid growth and local job creation, we encourage you to take the next step. Check out the criteria, then apply.

We are looking for companies that are:

Launched with a viable product or service that has some measurable traction (such as sales, customers, pilots, users, etc.), and is focused on rapid growth and new jobs creation.

Based in the City of San Diego with founders who reflect the city’s diverse population or who qualify as low to moderate income (LMI)
business owners.

Committed to hiring low to moderate income persons in the City of San Diego when the business is prepared to hire.

Will participate fully in the curriculum and work out of the co-working space during the six-month program.

Investing in you

All services are free, and no equity stake is required

Curriculum

Rigorous weekly courses and immersive programs, including workshops led by business founders and subject matter experts, along with pitch coaching.

Mentorships

Get matched with mentors, gain access to experts, and leverage insights of executives and entrepreneurs.

Community

We are about building community. Work in a collaborative, supportive environment where you can share experiences, resources and build new relationships.

Connections

Introductions into the startup ecosystem who know what it’s like to be in your shoes.

Professional Offices

Our co-working space offers office support and access to meeting and conference rooms, comfy common areas and a fully outfitted kitchen, office amenities (including high-speed internet and printers), ample parking, and convenient access to public transit.

Events and Engagement

Take part in events, activities and receptions hosted onsite and throughout the local startup community.

A New Accelerator Model

Exceptional Partners Support CAJC.

We’re proud of the partners who are contributing to CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center and their pay-it-forward attitude. But don’t take our word for it. Check out what our funders say about why they are part of the CAJC accelerator and Business Resource Center experiences.

Kevin Faulconer
This business accelerator is going to be a real game-changer. This is all about creating more opportunities for San Diegans across the city with a special focus on underserved communities.

— Kevin Faulconer

Mayor, City of San Diego

Kathy Patoff
MUFG Union Bank supports local community programs that expand access to opportunity in low and moderate income communities where we do business. CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center is a perfect manifestation of that vision. We are proud to support an initiative that will help uplift budding entrepreneurs in San Diego’s diverse communities.

— Kathy Patoff

Chief Operating Officer, MUFG Union Bank Foundation

Bill Kuhnert
bkm strives to impact our community every day, providing San Diego's organizations with spaces that inspire, invigorate and engage their teams to take the steps that move our region forward. We are honored to be a part of CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center which will enhance the mission of CONNECT -- creating and scaling great companies and fostering entrepreneurship.

— Bill Kuhnert

CEO, bkm OfficeWorks

Ready to Accelerate Your Startup?

Startup Accelerator

Our intensive six-month program can connect your growing startup with hands-on learning, expert mentoring, supportive coaching and a wide-range of industry networking opportunities.

Not Quite Ready?

Resource Center

For new entrepreneurs needing encouragement and extra support or established businesses looking for a leg up, we offer a no-cost Business Resource Center to help move your ideas and businesses forward.

Get in Touch

Say Something or Ask Anything

Have questions about our accelerator program? Considering launching a startup? Need help with your current business? Want to offer your professional expertise or supply seed money? Reach out! We’ll happily answer any questions, respond to your generous offers or simply satisfy your curiosity.

Office hours

Monday – Friday: 8am – 7pm