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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
Marc Friedmann
Software Business Advisors
Devang Thakkar
Bruce Doyle, Ph.D.
Alex Robertson
CEO
Gowrishankar Bharadwaj
STRATOASIS
Curt Becker
Molecular Assemblies
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!

......... September 27th 2017

Frameworks Workshop: Creating Better Outcomes for Business Leaders with Business and Wealth Management

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Program Overview This workshop will provide you with personal finance best practices regarding lifestyle, legacy and charitable aspirations, a guide on how to quantify the potential outcomes of...
......... October 3rd 2017

Entrepreneur Happy Hour

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Join us at CONNECT DT @ DeskHub on the first Tuesday of every month for our Entrepreneur Happy Hour! Beer, wine, and good times will be rolling. This is a great way to get introduced to the San Diego...
......... October 11th 2017

Frameworks Workshop IP Track: Basics of Obtaining Commercially Effective IP 2017

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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...

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
ecoATM aquired by Outerwall for $350M
ecoATM was purchased for $350 million by Outerwall (formerly Coinstar) in July 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®
......... Success Story
Raised over $15M as of 2015
Met angel investors and Events.com superstar board member through CONNECT introductions.
......... Success Story
Featured in Inc. Magazine
Extrabux was the 157th fastest growing company in the US according to Inc. Magazine's 5000 list 2013.
......... Current Class
PureWick: a safe alternative to urinary catheters for urine retrieving needs in adult females
......... Current Class
Bar World is your nightlife at your fingertips
......... Current Class
Togally; an online marketplace to hire local photographers, any time and for any occasion.
......... Current Class
Footprints: mobile location-awareness & great UX to increase CRM utilization and sales performance

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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 acceptance into the Springboard Program, the process begins with an orientation where you will learn about the program expectations & milestones and meet your mentor team.

Business Strategy & Marketing Panel

The Business Strategy & Marketing Panel provides you with their first opportunity to give your investor pitch presentation to a panel of our experienced mentors. The panel focuses on the articulation of your elevator pitch, business model (how your business makes money), target market opportunity, competitive landscape, regulatory pathway (if relevant), go-to-market strategy and projected costs to execute the business plan.

Finance Panel

The Finance Panel really helps hammer out the details of your financial model, your growth plan and overall financial viability for your investor pitch. Our mentors will help you align your business model with your financials to determine the scalability of your business, develop a solid balance sheet, P&L and capital raise strategy. Our finance mentors help you identify key financial and investment milestones and potential risks to make sure your company is an attractive investment.

Dry Run & Final Panel

The Dry Run & Final Panels are the culmination of the Springboard mentoring process. You will have developed a compelling investor pitch presentation supported by a well-articulated and scalable business model. With completion of your Final Pitch presentation you are now a Springboard Graduate and an esteemed member of our Alumni! Congratulations!

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 acceptance into the Springboard Program, the process begins with an orientation where you will learn about the program expectations & milestones and meet your mentor team.

Business Strategy & Marketing Panel

The Business Strategy & Marketing Panel provides you with their first opportunity to give your investor pitch presentation to a panel of our experienced mentors. The panel focuses on the articulation of your elevator pitch, business model (how your business makes money), target market opportunity, competitive landscape, regulatory pathway (if relevant), go-to-market strategy and projected costs to execute the business plan.

Finance Panel

The Finance Panel really helps hammer out the details of your financial model, your growth plan and overall financial viability for your investor pitch. Our mentors will help you align your business model with your financials to determine the scalability of your business, develop a solid balance sheet, P&L and capital raise strategy. Our finance mentors help you identify key financial and investment milestones and potential risks to make sure your company is an attractive investment.

Dry Run & Final Panel

The Dry Run & Final Panels are the culmination of the Springboard mentoring process. You will have developed a compelling investor pitch presentation supported by a well-articulated and scalable business model. With completion of your Final Pitch presentation you are now a Springboard Graduate and an esteemed member of our Alumni! Congratulations!

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