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“San Diego’s startup scene has exploded. What’s getting us closer to the Silicon Valley model is our cross-industry collaborations. Medical tech has a need for cybersecurity, drones are no longer just used by the military... We’re developing a reputation as a place where big industries can come together to learn from – not steal from – each other.”

Neal Bloom, Marketing Manager, North America,
Oct 2017

With roots tracing back to the defense cluster, UC San Diego and numerous research institutions, San Diego’s technology cluster has positioned the region as a hub for innovation in converging and emerging sectors. With established companies like Qualcomm and ViaSat, innovative startups like Urban Translations and Classy, San Diego technology firms are developing unique technologies with global impact.
The region’s technology cluster is now home to a number of innovative and evolving sectors, including telecommunications, cybersecurity, connected devices, data analytics, health IT, bioinformatics, gaming and software as a service (SaaS). 
Supporting this growth, San Diego’s major research universities are also on the forefront of technology innovation. UC San Diego generates more patents than any other University of California campus.1

Industry Highlights & Contributions

  • Jobs: The cluster accounted for about 3,270 companies and 68,825 employees in 2015.2
  • Innovation economy: With 3,270 companies, the technology cluster made up more than 45 percent of San Diego’s innovation economy employees.2
  • VC: While San Diego has traditionally commanded a large share of biotech funding, in 2015, nearly half of San Diego’s total VC investment was in software and related industries – a 38 percent increase from the previous year.3 
  • 5G: According to Qualcomm, the 5G mobile value chain alone could generate up to $3.5 trillion in revenue in 2035, and support up to 22 million jobs.4

Key Companies 



CONNECT has assisted in the formation and development of more than 2,000 companies since 1985 and is widely regarded as the world’s most successful regional program linking inventors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need for commercialization of products.

Cyber Center of Excellence

CCOE is a nonprofit organization that works to connect the region’s cyber companies, attract and nurture niche cyber talent, and create new opportunities for cyber business.




EvoNexus is the premiere, non-profit tech startup incubator in Southern California. By partnering with some of San Diego’s biggest tech companies, EvoNexus has raised more than $675 million for San Diego companies.

San Diego Venture Group
SDVG is a nonprofit business association whose mission is to provide an informal atmosphere that fosters ideas on how to form, fund and build new ventures.  With more than 800 affiliated members, SDVG is helping San Diego become a significant entrepreneurial and venture center.
Tech San Diego

Tech San Diego, formerly Software San Diego, is the unifying voice of technology community - fostering innovation and business growth.


Introduction: 1. The Recorder, UC-San Diego Director Touts Its Plethora of Patents, 2017 | Highlights: 2. CONNECT, “San Diego Innovation Report”, 2015 3. San Diego Regional EDC with research support from CBRE , “Software Development: Driving San Diego’s Tech Ecosystem”, 2016 4. Qualcomm, “The 5G economy: How 5G technology will contribute to the global economy”, 2017