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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
Thom Daly
TAD LLC
Bruce Doyle, Ph.D.
Alex Robertson
Marc Friedmann
Software Business Advisors
Devang Thakkar
CEO
Gowrishankar Bharadwaj
STRATOASIS
Curt Becker
Molecular Assemblies
CEO
Jerry Feitelson
Agribody Technologies, Inc.

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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
Awarded $1.5M Phase II SBIR Grant
Awarded $1.5M from NCCIH (part of the National Institutes of Health), to further develop and scale their proprietary yeast-based cannabinoid production platform.
......... 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
Featured in Inc. Magazine
Extrabux was the 157th fastest growing company in the US according to Inc. Magazine's 5000 list 2013.
......... 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.
......... Current Class
Dual mode of action cancer therapeutics using bispecific antibody & antibody drug conjugates.
......... Current Class
Transcend Air is developing the next generation of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft
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Novel therapeutics to treat acute kidney injury (AKI) using drag-reducing polymers.
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Autonomous capture of lecture, board and screen notes for EdTech

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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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