This article is by Gary Warth in the San Diego Union-Tribune and is originally posted here.

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‘Collaboratory’ brings UCSD downtown

— Seeing downtown as a new hub of innovation in the region, UC San Diego Extension and the Downtown San Diego Partnership are collaborating to unite young entrepreneurs with university experts to help startup businesses flourish.

The “Collaboratory for Downtown Innovation” will be a two-year initiative inside the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s head-quarters on B Street. It’s expected to open in mid-August and was called a first step downtown for the university during a Tuesday morning news conference at the site.

“This collaboration for downtown innovation is going to be a great boost for our economy and our startup community, which is thriving and growing in San Diego,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said.

The “collaboratory” will host workshops where entrepreneurs will meet with researchers and scientists, mentor programs for new entrepreneurs, and educational opportunities in science and technology for middle and high school students in underserved communities.

The new attention to downtown represents a shift from Torrey Pines Mesa — home of the Science Research Park, Qualcomm, the Salk Institute and other entities — which for decades has been considered the center of innovation in the region.

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