Cleantech San Diego Partners with CyberTECH to Support San Diego’s Startup Community
SAN DIEGO, CA, August 20, 2014 – Local nonprofit industry trade organizations Cleantech San Diego and CyberTECH today announced a partnership to advance San Diego’s technology startup industry.
Both organizations share a mission of stimulating and accelerating the San Diego region’s innovation economy. This new partnership combines Cleantech San Diego’s focus on clean technology with CyberTECH’s expertise in cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT) to nurture startups that bridge the sectors.
In January 2013, CyberTECH launched an incubator program and shared workspaces to provide startups with resources such as opportunities for mentorship and places to work. Cleantech San Diego’s partnership with CyberTECH includes dedicated workspace for early-stage cleantech companies in iHive, CyberTECH’s IoT incubator located in downtown San Diego. iHive members receive benefits such as business support services, robust data connectivity, shared reception area, and conference rooms.
Cleantech San Diego and CyberTECH will also work together to introduce San Diego-based startup companies to the clean technology and IoT industries through organized pitch events such as CyberTECH’s Spotlight Friday Pitch Nights and Cleantech San Diego’s SCRUB Program. Both programs support early-stage companies seeking professional guidance and practice presenting their business plans.
“Cleantech, cybersecurity, and IoT technologies are rapidly converging in the marketplace, and San Diego, with its diverse and collaborative cluster, is poised to capitalize on this,” said CyberTECH Chairman and Founder Darin Andersen. “By leveraging robust IoT applications, Cleantech San Diego is at the forefront of developing San Diego as a leader in clean technology innovation. Coupled with the CyberTECH community of the nation’s top security and IoT companies, Cleantech San Diego and CyberTECH will work collaboratively to position San Diego as a smart and secure city.”
“Today’s cutting-edge energy efficiency solutions are innately tied to Internet of Things technologies,” said Cleantech San Diego President Jason Anderson. “As society moves toward smarter cities and the ability to use sensors and big data to more effectively manage our energy use via online platforms, questions of privacy and cybersecurity inevitably arise. Cleantech San Diego’s partnership with CyberTECH is a prime example of San Diego’s propensity for open collaboration between and across industries.”
Jason Anderson will serve on the Advisory Board of CyberTECH and Darin Anderson will join Cleantech San Diego’s Board of Directors.
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About Cleantech San Diego
Cleantech San Diego is a nonprofit member organization that positions the greater San Diego region, including Imperial County and Baja California, as a global leader in the cleantech economy. The organization achieves this by fostering collaborations across the private-public-academic landscape, leading advocacy efforts to promote cleantech priorities, and encouraging investment in the San Diego region. Cleantech San Diego’s membership includes more than 100 local businesses, universities, governments, and nonprofits committed to advancing sustainable solutions for benefit of the economy and the environment. To learn more, visit www.cleantechsandiego.org.
The CyberTECH mission is to stimulate innovation and advance the adoption of cyber and Internet of Things technologies for the economic and social benefit of the nation. CyberTECH accomplishes this through a series of programs and leadership opportunities. The organization’s membership includes business and financial leaders, academic and research institutions, government, and non-profit organizations. Through meaningful partnerships with private and public sector champions, CyberTECH encourages best practices and promotes high concentration of cyber technology activities. By collaborating with the many stakeholders, they leverage these assets and position themselves effectively as a world leader in the cybersecurity economy. To learn more, visit cybertechnetwork.org.
Shannon Casey, Cleantech San Diego, 858-568-7766, firstname.lastname@example.org