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12 Startups. Five-minute pitches. Three grant prizes. One judging panel. And the audience (watching from their screens).

The 2022 spring cohort of the Jacob’s Center Business Accelerator are competing in the virtual Union Bank Startup Pitch Competition for grant prizes of $7,500 for first place, $5,000 for second place and $2,500 for third place.

From August 22 through August 29, 2022, the public can also participate by “liking” their favorite pitch video on The Jacobs Center’s YouTube channel. Eligible audience choice nominees will receive the distinction of “Audience Choice” awardee and a prize basket, including an iPad.

The Business Accelerator (fka CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center) is a strategic public-private partnership between the City of San Diego, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and CONNECT. This program is funded in whole or part with Community Development Block Grant program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the City of San Diego, and private funding from partners, such as MUFG Union Bank N.A. and bkm OfficeWorks.

For more information on the Union Bank Startup Pitch Competition, the Business Accelerator program or Business Resource Center visit