Start-ups launch at record pace in San Diego -- and they're hiring

Posted at 5:03 AM, Aug 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-04 16:59:38-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Start-up companies are launching at a record pace in San Diego, and they're also hiring.

A new report from the nonprofit accelerator Connect says 477 innovative start-ups opened in the region last year, more than ever before.

Many of the companies are looking for good help.

"Frankly, in San Diego, that's where the job growth is coming from," said Connect President Greg McKee.

Jennifer Worrall, who launched Iteros, a software company that promotes sustainable energy, said she's looking for a front-end developer and a sales executive.

La Matera, a handmade belt, wallet, and watch company, needs someone to help spread the word about his products.

"We're looking for some high-quality digital marketers," he said.

McKee said along with Iteros, several other innovative start-ups are separating themselves from the pack:

  • Agrobody: In the agricultural tech space, which has a novel way to grow alfalda
  • Molecular Assemblies: DNA synthesis technology
  • Guru: Uses iPads to enhance the museum experience.
  • Edico Genome: Makes a bioinformatics processor.

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Bozic said one of the best ways to get hired at a start-up is to be around the entrepreneurs. They often work out of co-working spaces in San Diego.

For San Diegans interested in starting their own company, Connect has a new program called Connect-All. It reaches would-be entrepreneurs in San Diego's lower and middle-income neighborhoods. The program reaches out, recruits, and mentors start-ups as they grow.