Support has come to fledgling technology companies by Connect’s vast resources, including the Springboard program that provides free assistance for life sciences, clean tech, high-tech and consumer products companies in all stages of development. Now through a new partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), these resources have expanded.
The Connect Springboard-SBDC program supports innovators and entrepreneurs accepted into the program by providing free coaching sessions with a group of Entrepreneurs in Residence, and/or domain experts.
For companies that are not quite ready to launch, the SBDC will provide assistance in business development to better prepare these startups to compete in the following year. In addition, the SBDC is offering assistance to those who graduate from the program and may need follow-up assistance throughout the growth of their enterprise.
Initiated in 2011, the Connect-SBDC partnership continues to expand and through a special grant utilizing funds through the U.S. Small Business Administration, will continue its growth through 2012.
“We are very excited about this new partnership with Connect and how it is helping both our programs expand the level of technology commercialization resources we deliver in the region,” said Debbie Trujillo, regional director of the San Diego & Imperial SBDC Regional Network.