Global CONNECT™: a network committed to growing new technology clusters worldwide

About Us

Global CONNECT™ is an applied research and technical assistance consultancy within the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The experienced and diversified Global CONNECT team focuses on partnering with regions seeking to build innovation capacity, accelerate technology commercialization, and build global connections.

Our Mission

Driving the Growth of Technology Clusters through Global Alliances

  • Share best practices in industry-university relations
  • Connect regions to the skills, knowledge, and relationships essential to science-based business development
  • Assess innovation capacity and facilitate technology cluster development
  • Accelerate region-to region collaborations

The Global CONNECT Team is:


We draw from the success of San Diego's economic transformation and on its relationship with the international research community to provide customized cluster development support to regions around the world. In addition, we have been entrenched in the organic development and growth of San Diego’s economy and can provide training in creating and implementing programs that accelerate innovation capacity and facilitate technology cluster development.


We have extensive knowledge of the essential components and processes which enhance innovation capacity including how research institutions are organized for technology transfer, commercialization, and best business practices which can promote cluster growth.

Uniquely Positioned

We sit at the interface between knowledge creation and flow of ideas into the public sector via translation and commercialization. We are a part of the University of California San Diego and are involved in regional innovation research, as well as having intimate ties to community based organizations that promote regional growth and innovation.


Many regions around the world are recognizing the power of collaboration to accelerate the communications and partnership so critical to innovation and cluster growth. With over 30 CONNECT-like organizations around the world we leverage our extensive social and professional networks to facilitate access to R&D collaborators, key supply chain partners, potential customers, talent, direct investment, and market liquidity channels.


Our History

Global CONNECT was founded in 2003 as a sister program to the regionally focused CONNECT program at UCSD. CONNECT was founded in 1985 with the mission of contributing to the increased commercialization of research in San Diego and stimulating economic growth in the region. CONNECT has assisted the formation and development of over 1,000 companies, and is widely regarded as one of the United States’ most successful regional programs linking inventors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need to succeed.

In 2005, CONNECT became an independent entity while Global CONNECT remains a part of UCSD. CONNECT and Global CONNECT continue to work closely together and collaborate on many projects.

General Inquiries:

Please contact Nathan Owens at

Mailing Address:

UCSD Extended Studies and Public Programs
9500 Gilman Drive
Mail Code 0176-B
La Jolla, CA 92093-0176

Overnight Deliveries:

UCSD Extended Studies and Public Programs
9600 North Torrey Pines Road, Building B
Mail Code 0176-B
La Jolla, CA 92037


Global CONNECT™ offices are in the Extension Building B on the main UCSD campus in La Jolla. Click here for maps and driving directions.


Last updated Dec. 2, 2013


The Global CONNECT™ Team

Nathan Owens

Phone: (858) 534-8638
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Greg Horowitt
Co-Founder & Advisor

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Sanford B. Ehrlich, Ph.D.
Director, Entrepreneurial Programs and Services

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