"We are thrilled to be accepted into the SDSI Springboard 2.0 class 2. The knowledge and guidance provided by our team of mentors will be invaluable for the development and growth of our business. Having access to some of the greatest start-up minds in the country is an opportunity we intended to make the most of."
- Charlie Wund, Founder & President, Agency for Student Health Research
“I am extremely grateful for going through the SDSI Springboard program. The process itself is the most valuable part of the program. Each phase of the program requires you to think about a different key business question not only for potential investors but also for the entrepreneur’s understanding of their own business potential and viability. And I have never heard of another program where mentors actually volunteered so much of their time helping the entrepreneurs. I hope to become one of their success stories and giving back my time to future participants."
- Karlo Teran, Founder of fanxfan.com, now soccerly.com
"The springboard program is one of the most unique and valuable programs an aspiring entrepreneur could ask for, the education, guidance and relationships that are part of the process are absolutely priceless. This sort of altruistic behavior is exactly what the American-dream is built on. Everyone wants to get ahead today but who takes the time to help the people promoting change and innovating, usually no one. At springboard the time and energy invested by the Entrepreneurs In Residence, advisers and organizers allow for real learning and business plan development. This sort of consultation is nearly impossible to find otherwise, or at the very least is one sided or overly expensive. I have a deep gratitude to SDSI, Connect and Springboard for helping me realize my dreams and create a context to do the same for others. Consider yourself lucky to be a part of the program."
-Isaiah Truman, CEO, EZIA Human Performance
“I didn't realize how much I needed the Springboard program until I was in it. In fact my only regret is that I did not know about SDSI 2 years ago. I would have saved a lot of money and would have been much further along. The mentoring I received in my first meeting alone was some of the most priceless business information I have ever learned. For a small business owner to be able to connect with the level of people that donate their time to SDSI is priceless. I feel like I have real, inside information on how the best brands became successful. My mentors have been able to take the ideas and dreams inside my head and organize them in a way that makes everything clear. As entrepreneurs we all know how hard we have to work to make it; but because of SDSI I am working smarter and focused and it feels great!”
- Kristen Buchanan, Founder & CEO, The GoodOnYa Bar
"Since we began this journey, nothing has compared to the fortune of what we gained from our relationship with SDSI. Their EIR's give up valuable time to make a difference in the lives of our local business owners. They are committed, passionate and genuinely driven by seeing us succeed."
- Keir Dillon CEO, Frends
"We have been working really hard to prepare Shaper Studios for the Springboard Program and couldn't be more excited to start the next chapter of development with SDSI. This alignment will allow us to work closely with some of the great business minds in Southern California as we grow and add value to the San Diego sports community."
- Chris Clark, Founder & CEO Shaper Studios