SD’s iHub Expanded to Riverside
A state initiative intended to facilitate technology commercialization by designating regional iHubs (or innovation hubs) has expanded San Diego’s iHub to include much of Southwest Riverside County. The California Governor’s Office of Economic Development established the San Diego iHub last year, enabling a local consortium to apply for federal economic stimulus funding in three focus areas: mobile health, biofuels, and solar energy and energy storage. Expanding San Diego’s iHub designation will expand the consortium and add the field of biomimicry as an additional focus area. San Diego and Riverside already have joined forces to collaborate on a grant application for the i6 Challenge, a $12 million federal competition intended to stimulate green technology development, new venture formation, jobs, and economic growth.