Fostering & Funding Diverse Entrepreneurs: Experiences and Lessons from CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center

Selena Ellis-Vizcarra May 27, 2021

CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center (CAJC) is the San Diego region’s first business accelerator focused on supporting low-moderate income founders. Over the past 2 years, the program has helped over 65 founders, nearly 75% of which are low-moderate income and nearly 90% of which are minority. Through COVID-19, the program has helped many of the businesses pivot and navigate to stay open. Hear directly from the founds that have been supported and the staff of the program as they discuss the real barriers they have encountered on their entrepreneurial journey as well as what kinds of capital could help them move the needle on fulfilling their entrepreneurial promise.



Meta Themes

  • Equity & Inclusion


Entrepreneurial Equity,

Purpose and Desired Outcome

The purpose is to help the SOCAP community learn about the type of support that can help low/moderate-income entrepreneurs in underserved communities, the lessons learned from a business accelerator model specifically built to serve this population, and the world of capital that remains inaccessible to many of them. The desired outcome is to spur conversations that take into account their first-hand experiences and to change systems that open doors for these entrepreneurs instead of create or close doors.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Service Providers

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Corporate & SME


  • NameAlex Waters
  • TitleDirector
  • OrganizationCONNECT w/ San Diego Venture Group
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameAndrew Hapke
  • TitleBoard Member
  • OrganizationJacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameJamar Williams
  • TitleFounder
  • OrganizationPromo Drone
  • StatusInvited
  • NameKelly Twichel
  • TitleFounder
  • OrganizationAcess Trax
  • StatusInvited
  • NameSyncletica Maestas
  • TitleFounder
  • OrganizationHola Swim
  • StatusInvited
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