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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
Mark Casner
JAS NeuroImaging
Martin Mattingly
Tracon Pharmaceuticals
Thom Daly
TAD LLC
John M. Newsam
Tioga Research
David Noosinow
Bank of New York Mellon
Kai Wenk-Wolff
Christian Braemer
Benefunder
Michael Brower
Sente
Summer Rogers
South Doctors
Steve Mariucci

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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!

......... February 18th 2016

Creating a Great Culture at Work

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Program Description When it comes to attracting top talent and winning the hearts of your team, few things are as powerful as office culture. Great culture allows you to be authentic, have fun,...
......... February 23rd 2016

CapitalMatch Technology Intake Panel

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The CapitalMatch Technology Intake Panel is Now FULL The CONNECT CapitalMatch program is designed to introduce investment-ready companies in life science and technology to appropriate sources of...
......... February 24th 2016

FrameWorks CapitalMatch Track: Angel Investing Basics for the Start-up Community

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Announcing the launch of a new FrameWorks track focused on preparing start-ups to pitch for capital. In partnership with Angel Resource Institute, founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation,...

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 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
......... 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
Raised over $15M as of 2015
Met angel investors and Events.com superstar board member through CONNECT introductions.
......... Current Class
VerifiR: brand protection & product information system that physically integrates with merchandise.
......... Current Class
Quippi offers an alternative without commission your international shipments.
......... Current Class
Bar World is your nightlife at your fingertips
......... Current Class
SmartProperty: provides tools necessary for HOAs to properly budget and plan for future expenses

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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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