Mintz Additional Resources Guide

Public Resources for Southern California Entrepreneurs


California Business Portal

Opportunity: The California Business Portal provides a variety of services to California entrepreneurs, including quick start guides, financial assistance resources, and information on registrations and permits.


San Diego Economic Development Department - Startup Ecosystem

Opportunity: The City of San Diego’s Economic Development Department collects information about local resources for startups and publishes them on this useful interactive map.


San Diego Venture Group

Opportunity: San Diego Venture Group is a non-profit organization designed to bring together people who are interested in new ventures and furthering individual companies, as well as an overall innovation community. SDVG hosts ten monthly meetings a year, providing an informal and dynamic environment for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, community leaders, and business advisors to develop greater insights into the process of forming, funding, and scaling high growth companies.


  • Membership available for varying fee

SD Tech Scene

Opportunity: SD Tech Scene is a resource for entrepreneurs and tech start-ups with listings of events, activities, forums, conferences, workspace opportunities and other resources.


Startup California

Application Deadline: Open application for free membership or paid sponsorship

Opportunity: Startup California is a networking community offering resources and connections to startups through community, a local network, and access to experts for advise, feedback and mentorship.

Startup Digest

Opportunity: Startup Digest is a weekly curated resource for entrepreneurs and startups with information about events, reading lists, and newsletters.

 Startup Grind

Opportunity: Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Startup Grind hosts events and provides opportunities for networking. 


Startup San Diego

Opportunity: Startup San Diego, a California nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity, is a local, grass roots, volunteer-based group of entrepreneurs, mentors and investors who have created a simple platform to grow the greater San Diego startup community.

Techstars Startup Weekend

Deadline: TBA

Opportunity: All Techstars Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.


The Los Angeles Venture Association

Opportunity: The Los Angeles Venture Association provides forums where entrepreneurs and executives of start-up, emerging growth and late stage venture funded companies to actively meet and learn from fellow executives, investors, bankers, financial advisors and other providers of professional services.


  • Membership available for a varying fee

The MIT Enterprise Forum

Opportunity: The MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego creates education and networking programs, building a community for business leaders, technologists, entrepreneurs, capital and service providers. The MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego  is a chapter of the global MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF), a 501c3 headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The MIT Enterprise Forum is open to everyone in the San Diego business community. Alumni of MIT are welcome, but it’s not a requirement. The Forum is comprised of a group of tech-minded volunteers serving the San Diego business community.

Industry Specific: Technology and life sciences.

TiE South Coast

Opportunity: TiE South Coast is a networking group. TiE is a nonprofit organization devoted to entrepreneurs in all industries, at all stages, from incubation, throughout the entrepreneurial lifecycle. With a global reach and a local focus, the heart of TiE efforts lies in its five foundational programs, – Mentoring, Networking, Education, Funding, and Incubation.



Opportunity: WeWork is a co-working space with locations all over the world, offering community, networking, and various amenities.