Hottest San Diego Startups

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San Diego has a booming startup scene. We are a bustling city full of innovators and entrepreneurs, and these startups are proof of the talent and ingenuity that resides here. Check out these amazing San Diego Startups:


It’s no wonder that an app for discovering craft beer originated in San Diego. Do you love craft beer, specialty cocktails and spirits? Are you craving a hoppy IPA or bitter-sweet old fashioned; or dying to find that rare single malt scotch but just don’t know where to get it? Look no further, your favorite drinks are only a tap away. Get all details about any location with the tap of a finger and see exactly what drinks they are offering before going in. Discover great local bars, restaurants, tasting rooms and bottle shops around you wherever you go. Pull up specific details about any beer, spirit or cocktail in the database. Track them, rate them or zero in on where to find them nearby.


Are you a dog (or cat) lover? Do you hate leaving your pet at home? Whether your pet chews his way through house and home while you’re away or if you’re just concerned that he might be lonely throughout the day, CleverPet is your solution. This interactive game console for dogs was built by neuroscientists as a way to engage your pet’s mind with puzzles that stay challenging. While feeders give out kibble by the dozens and puzzle toys will only hold a few treats at a time, the CleverPet Hub lets you provide continuous engagement for hours and hours every day. With the Hub, your dog will play games in your absence and his mental aptitudes will improve. Happy dog, happy human.


San Diego has a lot of great hotels and resorts, but as residents of the city we don’t typically have much of a reason to visit them. Until now. Thanks to ResortPass, you don’t have to be a guest at a hotel to enjoy their first-class resort amenities. Now, you can float down a 400-foot lazy river oasis, enjoy a quiet day in a luxe cabana, or treat yourself to the perks of a heavenly spa without ever checking in. How does it work? Pick a resort: book a day pass, spa pass, or cabana. Then, enjoy the ultimate staycation with all-day access to swim, relax, eat, drink and play at a luxe hotel. The best resorts in town are no longer just for the tourists passing through.


Pharmly is a first of its kind pharmaceutical marketplace aimed at combating drug shortages. Pharmly is designed to drive down healthcare costs and foster small business through its competitive bidding platform. In other words, Pharmly is an E-bay for pharmaceuticals that connects hospital purchasers with secondary wholesalers. It’s matchmaking for pharmaceutical buyers and the wholesale suppliers who have the drugs they need. The site already has 16 hospitals and four vendors signed up.


Mogl is an app that rewards customers for dining at select restaurants in San Diego. Users can receive cash back, or points that can be used toward hotel stays or flights. Mogl also has its hands in the non-profit sector: users can opt to donate all or some of their cash-back reward to local charities. The founders of the company say that they created Mogl because they felt existing rewards programs lacked fun and imagination. Mogl says that thousands of restaurants from local favorite Hodad’s to chain restaurants like Jack in the Box are participating in the rewards program. Another self-reported company milestone: The app has donated more than 761,000 meals to the needy.


TakeLessons is a website that lets people search for certified teachers offering all different kinds of lessons in specific disciplines, such as dance, foreign languages and music. You simply type in what kind of lesson you would like to learn and enter your ZIP code to get a list of the closest instructors. Users can sort by reviews, cost or distance.

These innovative startups are changing the way we interact with the world around us. Keep an eye out for them, use their apps if you can, and support local entrepreneurs.

Lauren lives in OB with her French bulldog, Elvis Presley. She loves laughter and the great outdoors. You can contact her at [email protected].

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