Organizers of this year’s Startup Month have picked 10 fledgling companies to participate in its first-ever incubator, a small-business program meant to help entrepreneurs grow their company.
The incubator is a joint effort between Startup Month’s organizer, the nonprofit Startup San Diego, and TechStars, a highly competitive accelerator for up-and-coming tech companies.
Among the 10 startups chosen to participate is San Diego’s Cook Casa, which is connecting people with personal chefs for in-home dining experiences. Cook Casa was the first place winner of a startup competition hosted by a diversity-focused incubator called Connect All at the Jacobs Center in Southeast San Diego earlier this year.
This year’s Startup Month incubator is a first for Startup San Diego, which is best known for helping nascent entrepreneurs get mentored, educated and connected to the local startup scene. It’s part of a whole host of programs offered online during Startup Month, which began Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 30.
“This is our unique take on an incubator, supporting early stage entrepreneurs and helping them scale their companies within a one-month time frame,” said Alexa-Rae Navarro, the executive director of Startup San Diego.
Historically, Startup San Diego would organize one major annual event: San Diego Startup Week, 7 days that were crammed with workshops and educational talks during the day and social events at night. This year, however, organizers decided to spread the talks