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

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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!

......... July 22nd 2019

Apply For the 2019 Most Innovative New Product Awards

Event details
The Most Innovative New Product (MIP) Awards is a CONNECT signature event that annually honors the celebrities of innovation along with their groundbreaking new products launched within the past two...
......... August 9th 2019

Office Hours @ CONNECT with Stradling - August 2019

Event details
PROGRAM OVERVIEW As a service to San Diego startup companies, CONNECT is partnering with select strategic advisor and professional services companies to provide entrepreneurs with an opportunity to...
......... September 5th 2019

Frameworks Workshop: Ten Mistakes in Early Stage Financing, Seed to Series B

Event details
Program Overview In today’s evolving economic environment, there still seems to be endless regulatory and fiscal changes and challenges when acquiring or selling a company. In order to successfully...

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
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 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
Featured in Inc. Magazine
Extrabux was the 157th fastest growing company in the US according to Inc. Magazine's 5000 list 2013.
......... Current Class
Software that intelligently connects process on the desktop, network and cloud to improve workflow
......... Current Class
Corza Technologies is a sales and marketing platform for independent insurance agencies.
......... Current Class
Modular phone case technology with multiple accessories to fit your active lifestyle needs.
......... Current Class
Comprehensive marketing and sales platform for the car wash industry

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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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