Amanda McDoulett McDoulett: “The Vine is much more than office space; it’s about community. We are proud to watch our graduates grow and flourish, and we love to be a part of their business cycle.”

SAN DIEGO—The region’s attractiveness as a vibrant place to live and do business is one of the main reasons why incubator spaces like the Vine SD have been so successful and in demand, community manager for Irvine Co. Office Properties Amanda McDoulett tells Since its launch in 2011, the Vine SD has helped more than 140 new San Diego companies, created 1,000 local jobs and generated more than $1 billion in funding.

The Vine SD provides free or affordable office space, access to potential funding, advice in a collaborative work environment and a seamless path for expansion for hundreds of San Diego innovators.  Some of the start-ups that have blossomed through the space included Vault Exposure Tracker, a cloud-based software company that tracks lung damage and asbestos exposure for firefighters, and Rock My World, an app developer that measures exercise performance against music 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 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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