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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
Gregory White
Air-Trak
Mark Casner
JAS NeuroImaging
Bruce Doyle, Ph.D.
CEO
Gowrishankar Bharadwaj
STRATOASIS
Steve Mariucci
John M. Newsam
Tioga Research
Roy Garhart
WholeSolar
Jack DeFranco
Targeson
Thom Daly
TAD LLC

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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!

......... June 3rd 2016

Office Hours @ CONNECT

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Program Overview As a service to our Springboard companies and alumni, CONNECT is partnering with Stradling, a full-service business law firm with broad resources to support the specific needs of...
......... June 9th 2016

FrameWorks Workshop: Mergers & Acquisitions

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Program Overview While the economy has become more stable post-recession, there still seems to be endless regulatory and fiscal changes and challenges when acquiring or selling a company.  In order...
......... June 10th 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
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
Used by voters in more than 160 countries
eLect has become the industry standard in security, integrity, flexibility, and reliability through its unique Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery model.
......... 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®
......... Current Class
SmartProperty: provides tools necessary for HOAs to properly budget and plan for future expenses
......... Current Class
OneEarth is a nonprofit organization that works with producers and consumers in various ways to make
......... Current Class
Quippi offers an alternative without commission your international shipments.
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The Soal App, “Sounds of a Lifetime,” allows you to record and share sound bytes with loved ones.

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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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