Industry News 10/21/2014

B$Z: SDSI Announces Companies to Participate in SAL Business Mentoring Program

SD Sport Innovators (SDSI), a business accelerator that connects and drives the growth of Southern California’s innovative sports and active lifestyle (SAL) economy, has accepted seven companies to participate in Class 5 of its business mentoring program, Springboard.
SDSI Springboard is a four-month intensive mentoring program that pairs entrepreneurs from the SAL industry with industry executives for hands on mentoring to refine a company’s business plan, create a sustainable business model and a compelling investor presentation in preparation for commercialization, strategic partnerships and capital funding opportunities.
The seven companies selected to participate in SDSI Springboard Class 5 include; Avalanche Company, the distributor for Twins Special and Kings Professional; Alii Lifestyle; Dbot5; EPIC Series; Solo Eyewear; Tribal Snowtools; and Plastic Clothing. The companies are working with their mentors to prepare for the next program milestones scheduled for late November.

"As a startup in the exciting functional fitness and obstacle course event space, the EPIC Series is thrilled to be a part of the SDSI Springboard program,” said SDSI Springboard Class 5 participant, Tim Fitzpatrick, Founder of EPIC Series. “2015 will be a year of growth for The EPIC Series and I believe the SDSI Springboard program will be extremely valuable to helping us grow and scale our business in a smart and efficient manner. It is going to be EPIC!" 

These companies are slated to graduate late-February and qualified graduates will be positioned as top candidates to participate in capital events around the community.

Interested sports and active lifestyle companies can learn more about SDSI Springboard 2.0 at If you are interested in getting involved with SDSI as a mentor or investor, please contact Renne Catalano at