Congratulations to Sunlight Retreats for delivering the winning pitch at the City SAIL Final Pitch Event!

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What is City SAIL?

City SAIL is a FREE nine-week program that is designed to help build and scale small businesses, with a focus on both economic and social impact! Through meaningful workshops, lectures, and mentorships, organizations are able to test and validate their business models as well as expand and pitch their businesses to strengthen the economy of San Diego.

Program Modules

  • Module 1: Business Model Validation

  • Module 2: Defining Sustainability

  • Module 3: Financial Modeling

  • Module 4: Communicating Impact

  • Module 5: Professional Pitch Training

  • Final Pitch Event

As an economic development and social impact initiative, City SAIL is focused on:

Local Businesses & Entrepreneurs

Economic & Workforce Development

Low Income Areas Across San Diego

Meet the 2019 City SAIL Cohort!

Interested in serving as a Lead Mentor or Subject Matter Expert?

As a mentor, you help organizations by offering expertise in a variety of areas including:

  • Finance

  • Technology

  • Human Resources and Organizational Development

  • Strategic planning

  • Marketing


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This project is funded in whole or in part with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the City of San Diego.

Additional City SAIL support is generously provided by Qualcomm Inc. and Cox Communications.