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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
John M. Newsam
Tioga Research
Martin Mattingly
Tracon Pharmaceuticals
Gregory White
Air-Trak
Mark Casner
JAS NeuroImaging
Bassam Damaj
Innovus Pharma
Alex Robertson
Curt Becker
Molecular Assemblies
Christian Braemer
Benefunder
Devang Thakkar
CEO
Gowrishankar Bharadwaj
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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!

......... September 5th 2016

Submissions Open for 2016 Most Innovative New Product Awards

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Submissions Open May 1 through September 5 for the 2016 Most Innovative New Product Awards! The Most Innovative New Product (MIP) Awards is a CONNECT signature event, held annually in December,...
......... September 8th 2016

Frameworks Workshop: Basics of Obtaining Commercially Effective IP

Event details
Program Overview Intellectual property rights are often key to the foundation, growth and ultimate survival of a company. For technology and bio-science companies, the ability to raise funding is...
......... September 8th 2016

CONNECT Member Breakfast

Event details
PROGRAM OVERVIEW Come meet CONNECT Chief Executive Officer, Greg McKee, and other leaders of the San Diego innovation ecosystem at an informal breakfast hosted by CONNECT. The morning includes a...

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
Raised $5.6M series B financing
Revolutionizing dermatologic diagnosis by developing novel gene classifiers and expression tests to provide objective biological information on dermatologic conditions.
......... 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
ecoATM aquired by Outerwall for $350M
ecoATM was purchased for $350 million by Outerwall (formerly Coinstar) in July 2013.
......... Success Story
Raised over $15M as of 2015
Met angel investors and Events.com superstar board member through CONNECT introductions.
......... Current Class
Footprints: mobile location-awareness & great UX to increase CRM utilization and sales performance
......... Current Class
Togally; an online marketplace to hire local photographers, any time and for any occasion.
......... Current Class
Bar World is your nightlife at your fingertips
......... Current Class
OneEarth is a nonprofit organization that works with producers and consumers in various ways to make

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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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