San Diego Angel Conference to Go Virtual

COVID-19 has disrupted everything including our economy but the San Diego Angel Conference will go forward this Saturday, March 28, albeit in virtual form

“We know a thing or two about being an innovative disruptor ourselves and we remain determined to power innovation and economic growth for our region,” said Mysty Rusk, Director of The Brink Small Business Development Center at the University of San Diego.

Entrepreneurs advancing solutions for agriculture, medicine, environment and property management will compete for more than $320,000 in funding as the event takes place online from 9:45 to 1 p.m., West Coast time.

Members of the innovation community can connect to the second annual Angel Conference and interact with investors and other entrepreneurs in in southern California and across the nation from the comfort of their home. There will be a chat room for networking and investors will use Zoom to make their decisions. 

The six finalists are Agtools,GroGuru, LifeVoxel.AI, Noria Water Technologies, SmartProperty, and Visicell Medical           .

“We are extremely excited about this year’s finalists that are solving big problems and advancing novel technologies for delivering clean water, increasing crop yield, empowering cell therapies, unlocking medical imaging, streamlining property management, and providing critical information in the global agricultural supply chain,” Rusk said. We have companies tackling big problems, using innovation to change the world, and possibly save it.”

The actual amount of the investment will depend on the final number of units purchased. The fund management team, led by Benton Moore, has set a cap of $1 million

“We have a passionate group of investors this year that have easily come together in fun and innovative ways to select these finalists,” he said. “What’s been the most interesting to see is that we have a wide range of first-time investors, who are learning about the investing process and starting their own investment portfolios, as well as fostering innovation and growth in our region. With a strong finalist lineup, we expect to see new investors join before funding this year’s conference winner.”

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