Startempire Weekly Round Up: From a $3.8M Cybersecurity Grant for CSUSB to Inland Empire’s High Adoption of EVs

By: Editorial Staff


Sep 12, 2021


Startempire Wire Weekly Round up

Here’s our Startempire Weekly Round-Up. There’s a big push in the logistics and distribution sector of the Inland Empire. Amazon is opening new fulfillment centers and air hubs, and the region is ranked highly in the electric vehicles (EVs) space.

The Inland Empire attracts Amazon, yet again.

Two news items we reported indicate the Inland Empire’s growing role as an economic hub of the country. Amazon announced its two new sites in Victorville and Ontario, respectively. The company announced it will open a new fulfillment center in Victorville in 2022, followed by another in Ontario in the same year. In April this year, Amazon also announced the opening of a new air hub in San Bernardino.

Our second story was about the Inland Empire ranking 10th in the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs). Showing that the region is emerging as a hub of electric vehicle ownership, it further strengthens its position as a traditionally strong logistics hub.

If you are an entrepreneur in the Inland Empire, please fill out this survey by The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at Cal State University, San Bernardino.


At the beginning of this week, we reported on the $3.8M grant that the NSF gave to California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). There’s a massive shortage of cybersecurity professionals, somewhere between 500K and 3 million. (ISC)², the International Information System Security Certification Consortium said that the gap stands at 3 million. The grant will help CSUSB to begin to plug this talent gap.

Another grant we reported on was the Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund, which gave a $1M grant to a partnership between Caravanserai Project, the Inland Empire Community Collaborative (IECC), and the Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF).


  • ProfitCON 2021 will take place on Thu, Sep 23rd, 2021from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM PDT in Palm Desert, CA. This conference aims to help startups and to exist small businesses who want to grow their startups and small business.
  • The Riverside Angel Summit 2021 is happening right now. Go to their website and check out any of the many sessions they are putting on to educate our local entrepreneurs.
  • FTR FST F//\ (Future Fest Fall 2021) is happening on Nov 12th, so head over to website and jump in the email list to be notified when tickets go on sale
  • Inland Empire WordPress Dev Meetup Tuesday, September 14, 2021 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

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