August 4, 2015
Whenever anybody who’s new to the San Diego tech scene asks me what they should check out, without fail the first thing that comes to mind is EvoNexus. They always ask me why, and I always tell them: because EvoNexus is unlike any other incubator I’ve come across, and they get results.
Case in point, I was talking with the EvoNexus team not long ago and they told me that to date they’ve developed the largest network of VCs, angel investors, strategic partners, mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs in Southern California. They’ve incubated 105 startups so far, many of which have been led by the region’s most successful entrepreneurs.
However, it can be difficult for a startup to get into the incubator because. It’s not because EvoNexus is in the habit of turning people away, but rather they’re always at capacity: it’s the problem you face when you’re at the top of your field.
Once in a while, though, EvoNexus will open applications for startups who want to join their ranks. To that end the team today announced that they’ll be accepting applications from startups until August 31.
“Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or a first time CEO, EvoNexus is the premiere incubator choice for innovative technology startups in Southern California. With a focus on impacting the economic growth of the region, EvoNexus provides entrepreneurs and their investors the opportunity to launch new companies and industry-changing products,” says CEO of EvoNexus Rory Moore, CEO. “EvoNexus is the fastest way to launch your startup.”
The setup is sweet: EvoNexus offers 40,000 square feet of classrooms, office space, and dry lab space at their incubators: there are two in San Diego and on in Irvine, CA. Not to mention they’re partnered with dozens of multinational companies in the health and technology sector.
By partnering with the Irvine Company and these other entities, EvoNexus is able to effectively shatter the paradigm that other incubators offer to startups. Instead of offering small seed funding in return for equity, EvoNexus doesn’t require any equity or ask startups to pay any fees for rent or services: they’re a nonprofit and all of the amenities are fully subsidized.
As a San Diego local who has seen EvoNexus grow over the last few years, I can honestly say that this is a golden opportunity. Or, as my father is fond of saying, take tarts when tarts are passed. If you’re interested at all, make sure to get your application in before the August 31 deadline.
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