Amanda McDoulett

SAN DIEGO—The region's attractiveness as a vibrant place to liveand do business is one of the main reasons why incubator spaces like the Vine SD have been sosuccessful and in demand, community manager for Irvine Co. Office Properties Amanda McDouletttells GlobeSt.com. Since its launch in 2011, the Vine SD has helpedmore than 140 new San Diego companies, created 1,000 localjobs and generated more than $1 billion in funding.

The Vine SD provides free or affordable office space, access to potential funding, advice in acollaborative work environment and a seamless path for expansionfor hundreds of San Diego innovators. Some of the start-upsthat have blossomed through the space included Vault ExposureTracker, a cloud-based software company that tracks lung damageand asbestos exposure for firefighters, and Rock My World,an app developer that measures exercise performance againstmusic choices to deliver playlists that enhance workouts.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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