Honoring our 2022 Life Changing Awardees

In a normal year, EDC’s Annual Dinner brings together 900 of the region’s business and community leaders to celebrate our organization and San Diego’s success over the last year, and to honor select individuals and entities whose work has stood out as most benefiting the region.

With two years of events missed and the words ‘COVID’ and ‘pandemic’ now part of everyday vernacular, our 2022 Annual Dinner will again bring the San Diego business and civic community together for a night of celebration.

EDC is proud to present the inaugural Life Changing Awards to:

The San Diego Foundation:

 

And, the region’s healthcare systems:

Unicorns are real: San Diego startups to watch

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A little-known secret about San Diego: We’re not a one-trick town. We’ve got surf and science, breweries and biotech. And whether we’re racking in record research dollars, raising VC, or making waves, our rapidly-growing club of San Diego unicorns across all industries means our secret is out.

What’s a unicorn? A privately-held startup valued at more than $1 billion. And now, unlike its namesake, unicorn sightings are increasingly common…especially as San Diego’s life sciences and tech startups reach new heights.

So who are some of San Diego’s coolest unicorns in 2021?

ClickUp

The app to replace them all, ClickUp helps you organize everything from workload to goals. After moving to San Diego from Silicon Valley, ClickUp raised $100 million, then another $400 million, making it a $4 billion tech unicorn.

Flock Freight

Want more efficient shipping while reducing your carbon footprint? Look to Flock Freight, a logistics provider that enables shared shipments. As a certified B Corporation, Flock Freight has also signed The Climate Pledge, committing to net-zero carbon by 2040.

Shield AI

Developing cutting-edge AI technology with decades worth of research and industry-leading talent, it’s no wonder Shield AI is now a unicorn. As one of the rare unicorns in the defense industry, Shield AI is revolutionizing how tech is used to protect service members and civilians.

Seismic

As an industry-leading sales enablement platform, Seismic recently raised another $170 million round after acquiring Lessonly, bringing its total amount raised to $440 million. Valued at $3 billion, Seismic now has 1,300 employees and 13 offices around the world.

Vuori

Started by a former Dolce and Gabbana model, Vuori is now valued at $4 billion after a $400 million investment by Softbank, one of the largest investments in a private apparel company. Vuori plans to expand internationally next year throughout Western Europe and Asia Pacific.

Tealium

Following a $96 million Series G, Tealium joined the herd as one of San Diego’s newest tech unicorns. Tealium helps organizations leverage real-time data for creating insight and building personalized digital experiences across every team, technology, and customer touchpoint.

Biosplice

Biosplice restores health by delivering first-in-class therapies that harness alternative splicing, targeting kinases that govern the selection of tissue-specific and disease-selective RNA splice-sites. Its clinical pipeline focuses on osteoarthritis and oncology, with early-stage programs in neurology and other areas of significant unmet medical need in progress.

Kyriba

With a $160 million growth investment round, Kyriba is one of San Diego’s startup stars. Kyriba helps CFOs, corporate treasurers, and finance teams to make better strategic investment decisions, protect against fraud and financial risk, and unlock trapped cash through cash and liquidity management.

Why San Diego is the best place to work from home

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Among many things, COVID-19 has launched us into the world’s biggest work-from-home experiment, and we’ve been left with more questions than answers. What does the future of work look like? And if you’re working remotely, does it really matter where you are?

We’re here to tell you that where you work matters. Here are three reasons why San Diego is the best place to work from home:

  1. Meaningful work: Apart from beauty, San Diego’s talent and companies have the brains and willpower to make a positive impact in the world.Here, we have San Diego companies like GoFundMe and Sony turn compassion into action with their initiatives to spread positive change in our communities…and the world. And teams at Thermo Fisher ScientificSanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery InstituteCue Health, and countless others are at the forefront of fighting COVID-19. For more teams that make you believe in a better, healthier world, check out these 13 San Diego companies that made significant COVID-19 breakthroughs in 2020.If that weren’t enough, companies here really commit to their employees long-term. Employees at Vista’s Dr. Bronner’s receive up to 10 percent of their salary paid annually into a retirement and profit-sharing plan. And El Cajon’s Taylor Guitars has transferred complete ownership of the company to its nearly 1,200 employees, giving their team the unprecedented opportunity to build generational wealth throughout their careers. Check out which companies call San Diego home: explore San Diego’s company map.
  1. After work opportunities: So you have a life-changing idea. You’re in good company in San Diego. After logging off for the day, you can transform your brilliant spark into a business by leaning on Startup San Diego and San Diego Tech Hub‘s online communities. Here, you’ll find resources to get started.. and plenty of folks who will cheer you on every step of the way. The best part: San Diego’s networking events are online right now, so you can connect with investors, mentors, innovators, and more from the comfort of your couch.
  1. The great outdoors: It’s no secret that San Diego boasts some of the best weather in the nation. Our versatile landscape invites lucky locals to enjoy a diverse array of activities, proving the indisputable: west coast is the best coast. Take a break from work with a socially distanced walk along miles of pristine coastline through Pacific Beach or La Jolla. And on the weekend, check out one of San Diego’s best hikes, or load up your family, sleds, and winter coats to head east to snowy Mount Laguna.