Escondido is where opportunity is within reach. Two exciting economic sectors convene at our inaugural AgTech Innovation Hackathon and the exploration of a possible AgTech incubator.

Rich in Agriculture, Ripe in Technology

The City of Escondido supports Agriculture and AgTech through various policies and programs. Currently, the city is exploring the potential use of a vacant, city-owned building for an agtech incubator with UC ANR and other partners. Please submit your feedback and comments to us here


Upcoming Events:

Quarterly AgTech Meetup: January 19th 3-6pm at The Churchill House 140 West 3rd Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

Past Events: 

October 21-23, 2022 Escondido AgTech Startup Hackathon Event Recap

The inaugural Escondido AgTech Startup Hackathon was held 10/21-10/23 and was honored by the County Supervisor's office with a proclamation presented by Supervisor Jim Desmond to the City and partner organization Fresh Brewed Tech declaring 10/21 through 10/23 as AgTech Startup Hackathon weekend throughout San Diego County. The proclamation will be added to the display case in the foyer of the council chambers.  


The target number of registrants for the weekend was 100 total participants for any of the three events: Friday night social, weekend-long hackathon, and the Sunday pitch event. The final number of registrants was 201, exceeding our goal by double. 


There were 12 ideas proposed at the beginning of the hackathon on Friday evening, and 3 teams pitched at the final event on Sunday. The winning team was Microbe Grow led by local farmer, Eddie Grangetto, and included Ying Sun of the Salk Institute, Cale Lackey of Fain Drilling, and Stuart Compton, a veteran and an avocado grower.


As the City explores the use of 455 N. Quince St. for the AgTech Incbutor, here is a vimeo video that features Dr. Oli Bachie from UC COOP and UC ANR talking about the possibilities of the space: At the event, the Mayor presented a proclamation to Dr. Bachie for his work and dedication to the agricultural community and for his volunteer time over the weekend and vision for exploring the possibility of an agtech incubator.


A full list of exhibitors, mentors, judges, food providers, speakers, and hackathon team winners can be found here: 


The winning team was honored on Friday 10/28 at the San Diego Startup Week Startup Awards & Closing Reception/Expo 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at San Diego Tech Center by Alexandria, 9605 Scranton Rd, San Diego, CA 92121



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Next Steps: 

    We will continue to engage the community through quarterly agtech meetups in Escondido. The first one will be on January 19th 3-6pm through Fresh Brewed Tech at the Synergy Center. Registration is available through Eventbrite here:
  • Staff is in the process of finalizing RFPs for a building feasibility study and a financial feasibility study with an anticipated presentation to city council in early 2023.