Springboard is a free program that is open for enrollment to innovation companies in the Southern California region. Springboard assists companies in proving their business model and developing a compelling commercialization strategy. See below to apply.

Companies accepted into the program are assigned expert business advisors who coach the company throughout the process which includes feedback from financial, marketing, legal and commercialization experts, as well advice from industry executives and the opportunity to dry run presentations and pitches.

After completing Springboard, companies that are considered suitable and ready for investment by angels, venture capital and/or corporate investors, move on to participate in the Springboard Capital Competition.

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The Springboard and Capital Competition program holds four tracks per year, open to life sciences (including healthcare technology, wireless health and medical device) or technology (including Cleantech, Digital Media, Software, IT, SaaS, Consumer Products and Sports Innovation & Active Lifestyle) companies.”

Life Science II

Application Period: May-June, 2014
Springboard Program: July, 2014-Feb.2015

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Upcoming Programs:

Technology I

Application Period: Aug. – Sep. 2014
Springboard Period: Nov. – April 2014

Life Science I

Application Period: Nov. – Dec. 2014
Springboard Period: Mar. – Aug. 2015

Technology II

Application Period: Feb. – Mar. 2015
Springboard Period: May. - Oct. 2015

Life Science II

Application Period: May. – Jun. 2015
Springboard Period: Aug. – Feb. 2015

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

Self-serve kiosk that evaluates and buys-back used
electronics from consumers for cash or store credit.





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:

Steve Hoey
Director, Business Creation & Development
Email: shoey@connect.org
Phone: (858) 964-1308
Fax: (858) 964-1301
Ruprecht von Buttlar
Vice President, Business Creation & Development
Email: rvonbuttlar@connect.org
Phone: (858) 964-1309
Fax: (858) 964-1301
Brittney Sabbah
Program Manager
Email: bsabbah@connect.org
Phone: (858) 964-1336
Fax: (858) 964-1301

San Diego Office Address
8950 Villa La Jolla Drive – Suite A124, La Jolla, CA 92037