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CleverPet is one of the 13 startups joining EvoNexus.

EvoNexus Incubator Welcomes

13 New Technology Startups

Times of San Diego

EvoNexus, a business incubator that has helped launch well over 100 companies, has added 13 companies in its latest class of technology startups.

With the 13 additions, a total 56 startups are working out of EvoNexus’ three locations in Southern California. Over 180 startups applied in this round. Here’s a breakdown of the new companies:

Downtown San Diego

AttackIQ — A continuous security testing platform to challenge existing host, network and cloud infrastructures to help organizations safely perform security validation.

CourseKey — A higher education software management platform that lets students use smart phones or tablets to check-in for attendance, answer and ask questions, chat with other students and more.

Englue — LeadCrunch by Englue provides high precision business-to-business leads using artificial intelligence.

Fanpics — Proprietary camera technology for venues to capture fans’ reaction to the big moments at the event. These images are used to produce a personalized story for each fan, accessible immediately via the Fanpics app.

Motoroso — A market network for the $36 billion automotive and power sports aftermarkets. The network brings together brands, publishers, shops and enthusiasts.

Skysense — Fully automated drone-charging infrastructure similar to the charging networks for electric cars.

La Jolla

CleverPet — Intelligent robots that engage with dogs while their humans aren’t home, turning lonely time into learning time.

Grolltex — Advanced materials and equipment using graphene and operating with exclusive rights on a portfolio of patents issued to UC San Diego.

Solenica — Robots that improve the interior environment of your home. Their first is Lucy, a solar-powered robot that brings natural sunlight indoors without installation.


Evasyst — A command center for competitive gaming.

Kuddly — An app that gives pet owners 24/7 access to verified veterinarians around the world.

Marvel Coupon — A unique mobile coupon app with the potential to revolutionize retail marketing.

Cloudspot — Software created to be the fastest and most customizable way for professional photographers to deliver, sell and share their photos.

EvoNexus helps entrepreneurs turn their ideas into commercially viable companies. Companies involved have raised over $686 million in funding and acquisitions since the incubator’s founding in 2009.



Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins with Gov. Jerry Brown (left) and Sen. Kevin de León. Courtesy of Atkins’ office.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins with Gov. Jerry Brown (left) and Sen. Kevin de León. Courtesy of Atkins’ office.

Toni Atkins to Step Down as Assembly Speaker;

Likely Successor is Anthony Rendon

City News Service

Toni Atkins of San Diego will step down as Assembly speaker on March 7, and likely will be succeeded by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), their offices announced.

They said the Assembly will conduct a vote on the new speaker Jan. 11, one week after the new legislative session begins. Rendon was selected by the Democratic caucus in September, but his appointment needs a vote of the full chamber.

Atkins, a former member of the San Diego City Council,  was elected speaker in March 2014 and assumed the position two months later.

She will be termed out next year, and will run against Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego), for his Senate seat.


 Rubio's new headquarters will be at 2200 Faraday Ave. in Carlsbad.

Rubio’s new headquarters will be at 2200 Faraday Ave. in Carlsbad.

Rubio’s Leases New Space

In Carlsbad for Headquarters

Rubio’s Restaurants Inc. has leased 27,000 square feet in Studio 2200 in Carlsbad for its headquarters and test kitchen.

The company currently has an office located at 1902 Wright Place in Carlsbad and a test kitchen at 6211 Yarrow Drive. This new lease will combine the Rubio’s operations into one facility, located at 2200 Faraday Ave.

Cushman & Wakefield represented lessor Regent Properties in the 10-year lease transaction. Hughes Marino represented Rubio’s.


The Lone Star State floats at the shipyard just before her christening. (Photo by Chris Jennewein)

The Lone Star State floats at the shipyard just before her christening. (Photo by Chris Jennewein)

NASSCO Delivers 1st of 5

Fuel-Efficient Tankers

General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the company’s first ECO Class tanker, the Lone Star State, to American Petroleum Tankers on Friday.

The new ECO Class tanker symbolizes the emerging direction of the shipping industry in the U.S. toward cleaner, more fuel-efficient modes of transporting product.

The tanker is the first of a five-tanker contract between NASSCO and APT, which calls for the design and construction of five 50,000 deadweight-ton, LNG-conversion-ready product tankers with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. The 610-foot-long tankers are a new “ECO” design, offering significantly improved fuel efficiency and the latest environmental protection features including a Ballast Water Treatment System.

“The delivery of this new vessel symbolizes the future of American shipping: innovative, cost-effective, and green. The Lone Star State, along with the four others we are currently building for APT, will be among the most fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly tankers — anywhere in the world,” said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. “These tankers are 33 percent more fuel efficient than the previous five tankers built by NASSCO for APT. We are proud to be leading the charge in building these next generation of tankers.”

The ships were designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering of Busan, South Korea.

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