Industry News 2/26/2014

B$Z: SDSI Is Now Accepting Applications for Springboard 2.0

SDSI Accepting Applications for FREE Mentoring Program for Sports and Active Lifestyle Startups
Program assists in fine-tuning company business plans, creating investor presentations for capital funding opportunities

Press Release from SDSI

San Diego – February 26, 2014 - SD Sport Innovators, the business accelerator that connects and drives the growth of Southern California’s vibrant sports and active lifestyle economy, is now accepting applications for Springboard 2.0 - Class 3 through March 9.  

Springboard 2.0 is a free 20-week, intensive mentoring program for innovative sport and active lifestyle companies.

Accepted companies are paired with mentors to assist in fine-tuning company business plans and creating compelling investor presentations in preparation for commercialization and capital funding opportunities. While SDSI’s resources are located in Southern California, Springboard is open to companies outside of the region; however travel to San Diego is required.

“The mentoring I received in my first meeting alone was some of the most priceless business information I have ever learned,” said 2013 SDSI Springboard Graduate, Kristen Buchanan, Founder of GoodOnYa Bar. “For a small business owner to be able to connect with the level of people that donate their time to SDSI is priceless.”

Follow-up opportunities for SDSI Springboard Graduates include consideration to present at investor events such as SDSI Investor Draft, Rock Stars of Innovation as well as FundSourceOR, a recent collaboration with Outdoor Retailer Summer and Winter Market.

To date, 29 companies have graduated from SDSI Springboard since it became a standalone program from CONNECT in 2011. Two additional companies are slated to graduate in the coming weeks.

SDSI’s mentor team is comprised of more than 50 industry veterans and experts who volunteer their time to help make these up-and-coming sports and actively lifestyle companies sustainable businesses that contribute to job creation and the overall health of the business community. 

Apply to SDSI Springboard 2.0 at http://sdsportinnovators.org/pages/springboard_about or contact Renne Catalano at rcatalano@connect.org.

Become an SDSI mentor and join the dynamic group of talented industry executives contact Renne Catalano at rcatalano@connect.org.

About SDSI
SD Sport Innovators (SDSI) is a non-profit, business accelerator that connects and drives the growth of Southern California's vibrant sports economy by offering elite level networking, and innovative programs and services for start-ups, mature companies and service providers. We offer mentoring, education and capital funding opportunities for start-ups; best practice collaboration, access to new technology, and public policy advocacy for mature companies; as well as deal flow to our service providers and the Southern California Investment Community.