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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
Devang Thakkar
Bruce Doyle, Ph.D.
Thom Daly
TAD LLC
Alex Robertson
CEO
Gowrishankar Bharadwaj
STRATOASIS
Marc Friedmann
Software Business Advisors
Curt Becker
Molecular Assemblies

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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!

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

......... April 4th 2017

CONNECT DT @ DeskHub Happy Hour

Event details
Join CONNECT DT every first Tuesday of the month for our CONNECT DT @ DeskHub Happy Hour. Beer will be provided and good times will be rolling. A new networking opportunity for current and alumni...
......... April 6th 2017

Capital Track Education Series: Due Diligence & Term Sheets

Event details
Program Overview  Preparing for and performing due diligence on a company is one of the most important pieces of executing a successful early stage equity deal. Entrepreneurs that understand how to...
......... April 12th 2017

FrameWorks Workshop: Protect Your IP

Event details
Program Overview Intellectual property (IP) rights are frequently the most valuable assets a company has and frequently not protected adequately.  Identifying and protecting a company’s intellectual...

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
Featured in Inc. Magazine
Extrabux was the 157th fastest growing company in the US according to Inc. Magazine's 5000 list 2013.
......... Success Story
Raised over $15M as of 2015
Met angel investors and Events.com superstar board member through CONNECT introductions.
......... 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
Raised nearly $14M as of 2015
A medical device company transforming the diagnosis and monitoring of chronic diseases from current blood-based standards to early and non-invasive detection
......... Current Class
SmartProperty: provides tools necessary for HOAs to properly budget and plan for future expenses
......... Current Class
PureWick: a safe alternative to urinary catheters for urine retrieving needs in adult females
......... Current Class
PhotoSurvey is a b2b SaaS company in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (“AEC”) space.
......... Current Class
Togally; an online marketplace to hire local photographers, any time and for any occasion.

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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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