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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
Thom Daly
TAD LLC
Martin Mattingly
Tracon Pharmaceuticals
Bassam Damaj
Innovus Pharma
Devang Thakkar
Gregory White
Air-Trak
Eve Benton
Benton Advisory Services
Bruce Doyle, Ph.D.
Aiman Abdel-Malek, Ph.D
Frictionless Life Analytics
Lee Krevat
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power
Marc Friedmann
Software Business Advisors

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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!

......... August 12th 2016

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW As a service to all our companies, CONNECT is partnering with Stradling, a full-service business law firm with broad resources to support the specific needs of emerging growth...
......... August 23rd 2016

FrameWorks Workshop: Designing a Strategy for Growth

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Program Overview Defining strategy often devolves into exercises of prediction, including predicting where the markets will be and what future buyers will want. But even the best strategy cannot...
......... 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,...

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
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.
......... 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
The Soal App, “Sounds of a Lifetime,” allows you to record and share sound bytes with loved ones.
......... 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.

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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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