San Diego’s Software Industry

With more than 3,600 technology companies and 80 research institutions in the region, the technology industry is a major driver of the innovation economy in San Diego. The research institutes – along with UC San Diego, San Diego State University, and other major universities – provide the sector with breakthrough technologies that fuel company growth and product development. These unique assets, combined with one of the most talented labor forces in the world, make San Diego one of America’s most innovative markets.

Competing with the likes of Silicon Valley and Seattle, San Diego has built successful clusters in telecommunications, cybersecurity, health IT, bioinformatics, data analytics, gaming, and software as a service. San Diego-based tech companies are supported by the seventh largest number of software proficient individuals in the U.S. working across nearly every facet of our innovation economy. In fact, one in six innovation economy jobs in San Diego are in software development.

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Key Companies

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Ezoic
  • GoPro
  • True Motion
  • Intuit

Key Resources

EvoNexus is a non-profit technology incubator and hub for Southern California’s startup community designed to accelerate the growth and success of entrepreneurial companies. EvoNexus’ relationships with real estate, technology, and life science companies make it possible for the organization to take zero equity or fees from incubating startups and help grow Southern California’s innovation economy. Since 2010, the incubator has supported more than 200 startups that have garnered a combined $1.9 billion in funding and outcomes.

Tech San Diego, formerly Software San Diego, is the unifying voice of technology community – fostering innovation and business growth. Tech San Diego supports members from all sectors of the technology industry, including SaaS, wireless services, IoT, data analytics, and more.

Startup San Diego is the official non-profit organization to support individuals building startups in San Diego, to represent the interests of entrepreneurs, celebrate successes, and foster a cohesive and collaborative community.

Verified Programs of Software talent have been identified by employers as the top training programs in San Diego for high-demand jobs. Through EDC’s Advancing San Diego program, Verified Programs participate in a competitive application process and are evaluated annually against a skills-based criteria developed by industry, a commitment to industry engagement, and their ability to reach and serve a diverse student body.

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Sofia Nelson-Ferezi
Sofia Nelson-Ferezi

Coordinator, Research