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

......... October 24th 2017

Frameworks Workshop Capital Track: Fall 2017 Angel Investing Basics for the Startup Community

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Program Overview Angel Investing Basics for the Startup Community is designed for entrepreneurs, and their mentors, who want to be prepared for raising early-stage investment capital. This full-day...
......... October 26th 2017

CONNECT International Demo Day 2017 with Maastricht University

Event details
Program Hear European entrepreneurs of the Global Scale-Up Program pitch their startups in an exclusive demo day luncheon at the CONNECT office. These startups are venture teams, 1 to 3 years from...
......... November 2nd 2017

Frameworks Workshop: SBIR & STTR Funding: Raising Your Chances for Success

Event details
Program Overview Southern California is comprised of a myriad of high-caliber research universities and new venture startups. Most of these new ventures are seeking funding to prove concept and...

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
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 $5.6M series B financing
Revolutionizing dermatologic diagnosis by developing novel gene classifiers and expression tests to provide objective biological information on dermatologic conditions.
......... Current Class
PureWick: a safe alternative to urinary catheters for urine retrieving needs in adult females
......... 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
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 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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