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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
CEO
Gowrishankar Bharadwaj
STRATOASIS
Curt Becker
Molecular Assemblies
Jack DeFranco
Targeson
Roy Garhart
WholeSolar
Thom Daly
TAD LLC
Summer Rogers
South Doctors
Aiman Abdel-Malek, Ph.D
Frictionless Life Analytics
Christian Braemer
Benefunder
Alex Robertson
Gregory White
Air-Trak

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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!

......... March 3rd 2017

Philanthropy and Impact Investing

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Building an Ecosystem for Innovation About the Presenters Sarah Kearney, PRIME Coalition - Founder and Executive Director of PRIME Coalition. PRIME Coalition is a public charity that empowers...
......... March 7th 2017

Capital Track Education Series: Pitching to Investors & Valuation of Early Stage Companies

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Register for the complete Capital Track Series at a discounted price!  Program Overview This workshop is designed to present several key methodologies that experienced angel investors have found as...
......... March 7th 2017

CONNECT DT @ DeskHub Happy Hour

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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...

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
Raised over $15M as of 2015
Met angel investors and Events.com superstar board member through CONNECT introductions.
......... 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
ecoATM aquired by Outerwall for $350M
ecoATM was purchased for $350 million by Outerwall (formerly Coinstar) in July 2013.
......... Current Class
VerifiR: brand protection & product information system that physically integrates with merchandise.
......... Current Class
Bixpy develops a versatile and robust underwater propulsion system that runs on lithium batteries.
......... Current Class
Bar World is your nightlife at your fingertips
......... 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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