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Daily Business Report — May 23, 2012

Qualcomm Subsidiary to Sponsor High-Tech Incubator Program

Qualcomm Labs Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., has agreed to sponsor a high-tech incubator program with EvoNexus, the CommNexus San Diego incubator for startup companies. “Qualcomm has been an active partner with CommNexus since 1998 and our new relationship with Qualcomm Labs takes EvoNexus’ unique, community-supported incubator model to an entirely new level,”said Rory Moore, CEO, CommNexus. “With EvoNexus’ proven results, we are confident  we can work with Qualcomm, a world leader in technology innovation, to help build new companies here in San Diego that will transform the local economy and energize the entire region.” The new incubator program will be located in EvoNexus’s Downtown San Diego and La Jolla offices. Moore said EvoNexus has already graduated six companies and raised $82 million in venture funding. It currently has 22 companies in incubation and has helped create more than 300 jobs, according to Moore.

Qualcomm Labs and EvoNexus are inviting companies to apply for participation in the program. The deadline is July 3. Start-up companies and entrepreneurs in the high-tech sector who are interested in applying or receiving more information can access the application at evonexus.org/qualcommlabs. The admissions team will be paying particular attention to proposals that address these focus areas: Connected objects and machine to machine communications; low-cost backhaul solutions; wireless health and education platforms; and sustainability and green technologies for portable devices.


Men Who Rock

July’s issue of SD METRO will identify 20 men who are making an impact in San Diego in their chosen fields. You are invited to submit nominations, describing your candidate’s qualifications. Send your nominations to rebecapage@sandiegometro.com.


Ad Club to Present Fourth Annual Interactive Day

The San Diego Ad Club will host representatives from Twitter, Mashable, Amazon and R/GA as keynote speakers at this year’s Interactive Day San Diego on June 15 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The day-long event will cover 24 topics presented by industry leaders. Keynote speakers will include Frederick Townes, founding chief technical officer of Mashable and co-founder of W3 EDGE; Robert Pietsch, director of sales for the West for Twitter; Seth Dellaire, vice president of North American sales for Amazon.com; and Chris Colborn, chief experience officer for R/GA. Google, Pandora, comScore, Living Social, SEOmoz, Starz Entertainment, Qualcomm, Razorfish, Covario and Digitaria are confirmed presenters for the event, which lasts from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets start at $229. For information, visit sandiegoadclub.com.

San Diego Office Buildings Win TOBY Awards

Torrey Pines Court and Kilroy Santa Fe Summit are Pacific Southwest regional winners of Outstanding Building of the Year awards — the TOBY Awards — presented by the San Diego Building Owners & Managers Association. The awards recognize quality in office buildings and excellence in office building management. The two properties will advance to the International TOBY Awards competition in Seattle in June. Torrey Pines Court (10350 N. Torrey Pines Road) is a 37,960-square-foot Class A office building. Kilroy Santa Fe Summit (7525, 7535, 7545 and 7555 Torrey Santa Fe Road) is a Class A office campus with four four-story buildings.

Women’s Empowerment Int’l to Hold Annual Meeting

Beatriz Marina Bours, social entrepreneur and board member of Grameen de la Frontera, will be the guest speaker at the June 10 annual meeting of Women’s Empowerment International from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Marina Village Conference Center in Mission Bay. Grameen de la Frontera is the organization’s “bank for the poor” partner in Sonora, Mexico. Guests will also take part in a Skype conversation with borrowers in Sonora, and get updates on the organization’s programs in Ghana, Honduras and San Diego.

PERSONNEL MOVES ____________________________________

San Diego — Brigham Black has been named senior vice president, Southern California, for Lincoln Property Co., a real estate investment, development, property management and leasing firm. Black will oversee Lincoln’s San Diego holdings and operations. The firm currently manages 700,000 square feet of office property in San Diego. It owns and manages 11.5 million square feet of office, industrial and retail property in Southern California. Black has more than 18 years of commercial real estate experience. His previous work includes various roles over nearly 12 years with The Shidler Group and its affiliated companies. Black is president of NAIOP San Diego, the commercial real estate development association.


The Daily Business Report is produced by SD METRO. Contact: Manny Cruz (619) 287-1865. manny@sandiegometro.com.


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