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Entrepreneur Experience

Springboard Mentors are Experienced, Serial Entrepreneurs

After 30 years leading San Diego’s innovation economy, CONNECT has a built an unbeatable roster of highly-qualified individuals to serve as Springboard Entrepreneurs-In-Residence and Mentors.

Network of over
500 mentors
Aiman Abdel-Malek, Ph.D
Frictionless Life Analytics
Bassam Damaj
Innovus Pharma
Devang Thakkar
Summer Rogers
South Doctors
Roy Garhart
WholeSolar
CEO
Gowrishankar Bharadwaj
STRATOASIS
Kai Wenk-Wolff
Michael Brower
Sente
Curt Becker
Molecular Assemblies
Mike Krupp
Xfibra

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If you’re interested in taking your start-up to the next level or mentoring a growing start-up, get in touch!

Grow Your Network

Find out more about events and programs for start-ups!

......... September 29th 2016

Connect with CONNECT Fall 2016

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Mix and mingle with San Diego’s innovation A-list; leaders at startups to established companies in the life science and technology industries. Connect with CONNECT is perfect for professionals at...
......... October 5th 2016

Frameworks Workshop: Leveraging Design Thinking for Breakthroughs

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Program Overview A study by the Danish Design Center found that incorporating design-centered training increased revenues by an average of 40 percent. Design thinking is a solution-based, or solution...
......... October 7th 2016

Office Hours @ CONNECT with Stradling

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW As a service to San Diego startup companies, CONNECT is partnering with select strategic advisor and professional services companies to provide entrepreneurs with an opportunity to...

SPRINGBOARD GRADUATES & CURRENT CLASS

Technology and life science start-ups alike trust the Springboard program to facilitate their company’s growth. CONNECT’s broad network of mentors with business, marketing, and finance expertise provide individualized guidance for start-ups.

......... Success Story
Named sixth most innovative fitness company in the world
More than 10,000 ElliptiGO® elliptical cycles are now in use in more than 50 countries around the world. More than 100 professional athletes train on ElliptiGO®
......... Success Story
nPruv Acquired by Parallel 6
nPruv, the developer of a patient matching and predictive modeling solution for clinical trial patient recruitment, was acquired in late 2015 by Parallel 6.
......... Success Story
ecoATM aquired by Outerwall for $350M
ecoATM was purchased for $350 million by Outerwall (formerly Coinstar) in July 2013.
......... Success Story
Featured in Inc. Magazine
Extrabux was the 157th fastest growing company in the US according to Inc. Magazine's 5000 list 2013.
......... Current Class
OneEarth is a nonprofit organization that works with producers and consumers in various ways to make
......... Current Class
SmartProperty: provides tools necessary for HOAs to properly budget and plan for future expenses
......... Current Class
The Soal App, “Sounds of a Lifetime,” allows you to record and share sound bytes with loved ones.
......... Current Class
PureWick: a safe alternative to urinary catheters for urine retrieving needs in adult females

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The Springboard Program

Springboard is a proven, structured, yet flexible, business accelerator program. The process lasts approximately three to six months allowing you to fine-tune and steadily improve your business while you run it. Following an Intake Panel, the Marketing Panel focuses on how to take your product to market because a great product is one thing, but getting it sold is quite another. Our veteran marketing mentors represent a wealth of expertise.

Finance Panel

The Finance Panel really helps hammer out the details of your balance sheet, your growth plan and overall financial viability. Our mentors will help you create a solid balance sheet, P&L and capital raise strategy to make sure your company is an attractive investment.

Dry Run & Final Panel

The Dry Run & Final Panel are the culmination of Springboard mentoring process. With completion of your Final Pitch presentation you are now a Springboard graduate, eligible for participation in Demo Day and an esteemed member of our Alumni! Congratulations!

Demo Day

Demo Day is the opportunity for Springboard graduates to debut publicly. Held bi-annually, Demo Day has a festival-like feel with opportunities to demonstrate your hard work and your final product to the San Diego innovation community at a private booth and on-stage.

The Springboard Program

Springboard is a proven, structured, yet flexible, business accelerator program. The process lasts approximately three to six months allowing you to fine-tune and steadily improve your business while you run it. Following an Intake Panel, the Marketing Panel focuses on how to take your product to market because a great product is one thing, but getting it sold is quite another. Our veteran marketing mentors represent a wealth of expertise.

Finance Panel

The Finance Panel really helps hammer out the details of your balance sheet, your growth plan and overall financial viability. Our mentors will help you create a solid balance sheet, P&L and capital raise strategy to make sure your company is an attractive investment.

Dry Run & Final Panel

The Dry Run & Final Panel are the culmination of Springboard mentoring process. With completion of your Final Pitch presentation you are now a Springboard graduate, eligible for participation in Demo Day and an esteemed member of our Alumni! Congratulations!

Demo Day

Demo Day is the opportunity for Springboard graduates to debut publicly. Held bi-annually, Demo Day has a festival-like feel with opportunities to demonstrate your hard work and your final product to the San Diego innovation community at a private booth and on-stage.

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