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

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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!

......... November 22nd 2017

Capital Match Life Sciences and Technology Application

Event details
Program Overview The CONNECT Capital Match program is designed to introduce early stage, investment ready companies in life science and technology to appropriate sources of funding. Capital Match is...
......... November 30th 2017

2017 Most Innovative New Product Awards & Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Event details
San Diego's Most Exciting Night in innovation! Join us for the 30th  Anniversary of the CONNECT Most Innovative New Product Awards! MIP is a CONNECT signature event that annually honors the...
......... December 6th 2017

Frameworks Workshop: Corporate Valuation

Event details
Program Overview Through a series of “real world” case studies and interactive group discussions, this program will cover a range of valuation issues and topics. What You Will Learn:  • Valuation...

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
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
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
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
Bixpy develops a versatile and robust underwater propulsion system that runs on lithium batteries.
......... Current Class
Footprints: mobile location-awareness & great UX to increase CRM utilization and sales performance
......... Current Class
VerifiR: brand protection & product information system that physically integrates with merchandise.
......... Current Class
OneEarth is a nonprofit organization that works with producers and consumers in various ways to make

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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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