The Startup Ecosystem of San Diego

San Diego has 783 startups in our sample database which represents about 2% of The United States’s sampled startups. San Diego is the 9th best startup ecosystem in The United States.

CITY RANKING

While San Diego decreased by 1 spot in its global rank in the Global Startup Ecosystem Index of 2023, its ranking in The United States remained stable at 9 nationally since 2022.

National Ranking

9th
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Regional Ranking

9th
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In North America

Global Ranking

22nd
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The Startup Ecosystem in San Diego

Our startup ecosystem map for San Diego includes a sample of 783 tech companies. We have identified as unicorns 8 startups that have passed the USD 1 billion valuations. Contributing to the vitality of this startup ecosystem are the 1 pantheon member entity. Get the Pro account for unrestricted insights on this ecosystem.

Global Rank

San Diego is ranked within the top 30 startup ecosystems globally.

Top Industries

San Diego’s startups excel particularly in Health where it ranks 4 and in Marketing & Sales, and Software and Data. Find out more

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Startups

Notable Startups in San Diego
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Cloudbeds
StockTwits startup icon
StockTwits
Ezoic startup icon
Ezoic

Startups

Successful Health startups in San Diego
RayzeBio startup icon
RayzeBio
Element Biosciences startup icon
Element Biosciences
Boundless Bio startup icon
Boundless Bio

Startups

Startups Ranking by Industry

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Health
#4 worldwide

On our map, you can explore a total of 228 startups for Health.

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Marketing & Sales
#11 worldwide

The Marketing & Sales industry in San Diego is ranked 11 globally. There are 176 startups for Marketing & Sales on our sample database and map.

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Software and Data
#19 worldwide

Software and Data is ranked 19th in the world. Our database contains 61 startups for this industry.

ECOSYSTEM

Why should you join San Diego's Startup Ecosystem?

Overview

Within San Diego there is an increased attraction for entrepreneurs to set up their startups in industries such as Health, Marketing & Sales, Software and Data. These three industries represent about 59% of the startups represented on the Startup Ecosystem Map of San Diego.

9th

National Rank

9th

Regional Rank

Overview

San Diego is The United States' 9th best startup ecosystem and is ranked 9th in North America. With a population of 2M - 10M people, San Diego is ranked 22nd in the world. The city has some notable startup success stories including Cloudbeds and its startup ecosystem infrastructure is strengthened by organizations such as Qualcomm and Aventine.

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Startup Infrastructure in San Diego
With a large variety of initiatives, San Diego's startup ecosystem stands out from other cities in North America. San Diego offers a number of funding opportunities for entrepreneurs and startups. Below is a list of San Diego's most prominent support initiatives:

Accelerators

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Zahn Innovation Center SDSU

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Illumina

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MetroConnect San Diego

Coworking Spaces

600 B St startup icon

600 B St

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Aventine

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Coworking at The Vine

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