SoCal Community Events

Connect with the innovation community in Southern California by checking out these regional events.

Upcoming Community Events

June 2
Blue Knight Symposium
Hosted by: J&J (JLABS) and BARDA
Location: San Diego
The BLUE KNIGHT™ Symposium is a dynamic event designed to bring together our global community for collaboration and knowledge exchange, and an opportunity to forge new partnerships and take action to drive advancements in early-stage health technologies. More than 1,200 individuals, representing early-stage life science and biotech companies, investment firms, academia, government agencies, medical centers, and pharmaceutical companies, registered for the 2023 event. If you are inspired by the power of health innovations and cutting-edge science to transform the way we address global health security and preparedness, we invite you to join us as we come together in San Diego to Catalyze the Breakthrough Solutions of Tomorrow.

June 18
MAPLE Business Council | Southern California Hybrid Summer Reception
Hosted by: MAPLE Business Council
Location: Knobbe Martens, Irvine
At our Hybrid Summer Reception, the Southern California Chapter of MAPLE Business Council welcomes members, partners and guests for cross-sector networking and featured presentations on the Southern California innovation landscape by Eric Eide, Managing Director of the Alliance for SoCal Innovation and on branding & messaging by Sophie Masson and Daniel Andreani, the founders of Do Not Disturb, a San Diego-based marketing agency. MAPLE promotes bilateral trade, investment and innovation collaborations between the U.S. and Canada across our Chapters.
SoCal Venture Pipeline Program
Deadline: Ongoing
SoCal Venture Pipeline Program powered by Banc of California
Startups receive targeted introductions to investors through our unique no-cost program (no fees, no equity, totally free). SoCal entrepreneurs raising institutional funding are carefully selected and directly introduced to capital providers from our deep nationwide relationship network.  To see info about each company and the newest accepted startups in the SVP program, visit our website.
Community Deadlines 

Application Deadline: June 9
Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants
Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants are $150,000 research grants given annually to support promising researchers applying disruptive concepts and inventive processes to advance human immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy research for major global diseases. 

Application Deadline: Open Ended
SA&M Preccelerator Program
We work hand in hand with early stage ventures throughout their term to know their market and users, foster their leadership skills, build and test their products, avoid legal pitfalls, ensure the defensibility of their products, acquire users and partnerships and prepare them for the fundraising process. We have an open application process for new companies interested in the Preccelerator Program.  

Startups Apply to the SoCal Venture Pipeline Program

Get matched with the right Seed and Series A investors. These are warm introductions that could change your life.

Investors: Join our relationship network

The Alliance has established a nationwide network of over 200 institutional investors who receive curated personal introductions to high quality startups ready for Seed and Series A funding who match their investment thesis and previous investments. Join our relationship network to get connected to high potential startup founders.

Upcoming Alliance Events

Check out our events calendar to see upcoming opportunities to connect with the innovation community in Southern California.