Springboard, CONNECT’s flagship program, is designed to assist science and technology companies with marketing, financial, and strategic business advice. Since the inception of the program in 1993, more than 3000 scientific and technological breakthroughs have been guided through the process of innovation to commercialization. Together, these companies have raised over $1.4 billion in capital.

Springboard is an entirely free program and continuously accepts applications from technology and life sciences companies of all stages in the Southern California region. Get started now!

You will be prompted to submit a company executive summary along with your application. Please click here for examples of an appropriate executive summary. This should NOT be a full business plan and should be no more than 1-2 pages.

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Your application will be reviewed by a Pre-Screen Committee. You will be notified if selected to present at an Intake Panel within two weeks of applying. 


Join the Springboard Entrepreneurs Meetup group for monthly happy hours! Open to all San Diego entrepreneurs.


Check out the metrics from Springboard participants from 2005 through the June 30, 2014:
Springboard & Capital Competition Impact Assessment Report


More about Springboard

Mentoring Team
Companies accepted into the program are matched with a mentoring team which includes a lead CONNECT EIR as well as a marketing and finance expert. CONNECT has a network of over 500 mentors made up of experienced serial entrepreneurs, former C-level executives and experts across the tech and life science industries.

Benefits of Being a “Springboard Company”
While in Springboard, companies benefit from exposure to the community, discounts to FrameWorks entrepreneur education workshops, connections to MBA students who can assist with financial models and market research, opportunities to participate in USD law clinics and most importantly, access to the vast CONNECT network!

The Process
The Springboard process is flexible and the length of the program is tailored to each company’s individual needs and goals. Throughout the program, a company’s progress is assessed through panel presentations and feedback. To complete the program, the company must “pass” several essential milestones: the Marketing Panel – evaluated by C-level marketing experts, the Finance Panel – evaluated by C-level finance experts, and a Final Panel – evaluated by C-level industry experts and potential investors. At the final panel, it is determined whether the company “graduates” and is ready for investment or needs additional coaching in Springboard.

Springboard Success Stories






2009 raised $300K seed round
2010 raised $300K angel funding
2010 raised $10M A-round
2012 raised $17M venture fundingEvonexus™ incubator company
2013 raised $350M outerwall

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2013 raised $5.6M series b financing
2012 CONNECT Springboard Portfolio Co.
2013 CONNECT Life Science Capital Competition Winner

DermTech is a San Diego-based molecular diagnostics company preparing to commercialize MelDTect™, a novel non-invasive diagnostic assay for melanoma detection. The MelDTect method of melanoma detection can demonstrate substantial cost reductions while delivering superior care.







2012 raised $25M
2009 CONNECT Springboard Portfolio Co.

Extrabux was the 157th fastest growing company in the US according to Inc. Magazine’s 5000 list of 2013.

The Springboard process was as effective as it was enjoyable. The experience proved to be quick, smooth and collaborative … The program made our presentation stronger. Overall, it was a great experience.

Kian Saneii
Independa, Inc.

The CONNECT Springboard and Capital Competition processes were very instrumental in successfully preparing ecoATM for pitching to the investment community and exposing ecoATM’s story to a broad set of potential investors and ultimately closing more than $35M in funding.

Mark Bowles
CMO & Founder

Program Contact:

Angelo Scolari
Springboard Coordinator
Email: ascolari@connect.org
Phone: (858) 964-1336


Ruprecht von Buttlar
Vice President, Business Creation & Development
Email: rvonbuttlar@connect.org
Phone: (858) 964-1309


Steve Hoey
Director, Business Creation & Development
Email: shoey@connect.org
Phone: (858) 964-1308

San Diego Office Address

8950 Villa La Jolla Drive – Suite A124, La Jolla, CA 92037