Accelerator - CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center
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Build the Business You’ve Always Wanted

Our 4-month program  is designed for working professionals with evening workshops, flexible accountability groups, and use of a state-of-the-art co-working space.

We give entrepreneurs the time needed to identify new business strategies, learn from experts at a pace that works for real understanding, build relationships with their cohort members, and engage with mentors.

We Invest in You

All services are free, and no equity stake is required

Business Workshops

Designed to help you build a strong foundation and practical tools for running a business. Weekly workshops led by experts provide real-time opportunities to engage and get questions answered. 

1-on-1 Mentorship

Get matched with mentors who know what it is like to be in your shoes. Leverage insights of executives and entrepreneurs that are invested in your success and strive to help you grow.


Being a founder is hard.

Be a part of a supportive, collaborative environment where you can share experiences, resources and build valuable relationships.


Introductions into the startup ecosystem and founders that know what it’s like to build and scale businesses.

Beautiful Co-working Space

Our state-of-the-art co-working space offers conference rooms, 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.

We Help You Succeed

Meri Birhane
CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center was instrumental at making my business, Meri Consulting Services, a reality. I launched my business officially during a global pandemic so having their support as well as access to various business resources and training was crucial. Anyone who needs help launching their business should apply to this program.

— Meri Birhane

Founder & CEO of Meri Consulting Services

Kate Raiford
CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center is such a fantastic program! Before joining the cohort, I had launched my business and was generating revenue. Even though I had accomplished some big goals, entrepreneurship can be pretty lonely, and I wasn't sure what to do next in order to grow my business. As a result of the accelerator, I now have an amazing network of fellow San Diego business owners, mentors, and resources and my revenue increased 30 percent over last year.

— Kate Raiford

Founder & CEO Prenursing Smarter

Brian Ware
Great program, the best business accelerator I've heard of based on content and resources. Getting a financial plan, and tools to grow my business is valuable knowledge I'll cherish forever.

— Brian Ware

Founder of Best Way Construction Services


For any questions about the accelerator program, please reach out to Alex Waters.

What Companies Do We Work With?

CAJC accepts retail, technology, consumer goods, and professional services businesses based in the City of San Diego. We emphasize businesses run by diverse and low to moderate income (LMI) founders that are structured to grow into companies that need local employees. If you want rapid growth and to create local jobs, we encourage you to take the next step and join an information session to see what we are all about.

Does This Sound Like You?

Launched with an existing product or service that is currently operating and has some measurable traction (sales, customer, pilots, users, etc).

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 virtual program, implement the curriculum and work out of the co-working space during the four-month program.

Ready to Accelerate Your Startup?

Business Accelerator

Start growing now. Our four-month program delivers training from experts, one-on-one mentoring and free workspace to give you an advantage over the competition.

Not Quite Ready?

Business 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.