We believe the evolution of a startup, begins with the Entrepreneur™. In “America’s Most Entrepreneurial City™”, the San Diego Regional Entrepreneur Center™ (SDEC) is by and for Founders-Entrepreneurs seeking collaboration, partnerships, mentorship, startup company or business plan review and business development ideas, marketing, investor guidance, introduction and venture pitch presentation training, business validation & traction, forensic financial and business assessment, financial analysis, licensing opportunities and more, potentially, in real-life business case scenarios.
The SDEC is in a great position to be in the epicenter of all activities related to Startups, Entrepreneurs and Businesses on the move in San Diego.
Coworking is a platform that is easily accessible and useful for very early stage concept founders-entrepreneurs, small businesses, or startup with little to no sales revenue. Entrepreneurs require immediate access to resources and a network of talent. Companies/businesses may leverage the SDEC to seek out additional series of funding sources, or to minimize operating expenses until they are ready to commit to long term office lease options while benefiting from the “energy” of coworking.
The SDEC proactively supports a variety of vertical markets/industries–consumer products, food/beverage, restaurants/bars, real estate, education, construction, architecture, manufacturing, automotive, energy, green/eco, B2B & B2C services, sports & lifestyle, technology-software/hardware, online & mobile apps, non-profits & charities, health-medical, & apparel, fashion & design, music & entertainment, travel & hotel, photo/digital/print media, aerospace, military, government & legal services.
Our SDEC community was built for people with great ideas, who have or are looking to take their ideas to market by benefiting from “Collaboration.” Today, close to 100 Founders and Entrepreneurs are building their businesses in our own innovation business technology resource center.
Our programs will inspire Tech and Creative Entrepreneurs by providing them with the ability to share their development tools in a “SDEC CoLab™” or “SDEC Mosh PIT™” environment, as a result, they are establishing an innovative “Early Adopters Community”.
The SDEC is incorporated into multiple locations in San Diego county, such as downtown San Diego in the trendy warehouse-urban-loft style of the East Village District and adjacent to Petco Park, Convention Center, SD Trolley, Horton Plaza, Market St. with private offices, coworking space; workdesks, private and oversized conference or photo shoot areas, private offices, meeting rooms, and virtual offices for as low as $35/month, all with easy to find, free to inexpensive parking rates.
Founded by Ray Hivoral, a Serial Entrepreneur, Startup and Business Development Specialist, and Chief Collaborator. The vision for the San Diego Entrepreneur Center is to build the “Collaborative Epicenter” and bring all Entrepreneurs together from all vertical markets, in San Diego, CA and other cities.
Ray’s mission, in a non-corporate style and unconventional approach is to stimulate and support innovation, ignite job creation and build a sense of community in a collaborative environment. With over 20 years of experience in helping startups to fortune 100 companies go to market in the U.S and other countries, as a quintessential entrepreneur, Ray has experienced the heart-felt sacrifices and exciting times related to accomplishments as a founder of a business concept. He knows exactly what it feels like to be in the Entrepreneur’s shoes. While many are playing, he’s focused, trying to build something that benefits many families, and creates jobs. He is an aspiring author of two ebooks, Execute to Win™ and The Virtuous Cycle™ related to his personal journey as an Entrepreneur.
Ray is the founder and CEO of Concerto Networks Inc., a multinational company, headquartered in San Diego, CA. Concerto Networks provides business technology solutions to small to medium organizations with a network of members as independent business technology consultants utilizing a franchise/membership system. Today, he’s heavily involved in the coworking movement by mentoring, advising and building collaborative communities, comprised of entrepreneurs, freelancers, consultants and telecommuters, all sharing workspaces as a real estate alternative. Entrepreneurs at the SDEC have the opportunity to Cowork, Incubate, Collaborate and Accelerate their business concepts.
Ray is the founder (co-founder Mike Spangler), executive producer and co-organizer of www.SanDiegoEntrepreneurDay.com This inaugural one-day event started with “zero” working capital, an estimated $125,000 operating budget and with 1.5 years to create and produce. This event was recognized with a “Triple Crown” in receiving Certificates of Appreciation by the Federal Government (SBA.Gov District Office for San Diego and Imperial Counties) and California State Senate, and City of San Diego, Mayor Jerry Sanders’ Proclamation as “Entrepreneur Day”. Photos can be viewed at: gallery.arroyophotos.com/g/ed_2012
The net result included positive cash-flow with over $9,250 in cash donated/awarded to non-profits, individuals and businesses as part of the event producer’s “Robin Hood Fund”. In addition to cash, the Robin Hood Fund also provided useful business products and in-kind services which were available through this inaugural event.
Through on-going annual Entrepreneur Day events, programs, activities, contests and membership fees, the Robin Hood Fund plans to award/invest/donate to San Diego-based Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses.
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