To our Springboard Mentors, entrepreneurship is a way of life. To some of them, entrepreneurship is the original Action Sport, complete with a steep learning curve, brutal slams, and yelps of utter elation when the plan comes together and that first sale comes cha-chinging in.

Scroll through our Mentors below and you'll see that SDSI Springboard offers the single best value for start-ups in Southern California. Where else can you harness 500 years of entrepreneurial know-how for $1000?! For those of us who weren't lucky enough to have an aunt or uncle who has risen to the top and become a captain of industry, SDSI Springboard offers a champagne-caliber jumpstart on a beer budget. (We won't even make you call us "Uncle"!)

Finding a Mentor with the skill set and specialty you need most has never been easier. And all of these entrepreneurs volunteer their very valuable time because they love to help young entrepreneurs help hit their targets and their dreams. They are all veritable experts in their fields and the list includes a former President of Calvin Klein, a co-founder of Naked Juice, and a former VP of Sales and Marketing for TaylorMade Golf—to name but a few.

Upon acceptance into the springboard program, each company is matched with a business advisor, a marketing/ branding domain expert and a financial domain expert. Additional domain experts can be added based on each company's individual needs.


Danae Booker

Danae Booker

John Bryan

John Bryan

Andrea Cinque-Austin

Andrea Cinque-Austin

Jeran Fraser

Jeran Fraser

John Hoeflich

John Hoeflich

Howard Kosick

Howard Kosick

Rich martin

Rich martin

John Nite

John Nite

Fran Richards

Fran Richards

Steve Scott

Steve Scott

sam Simkin

sam Simkin

Pascal Stolz

Pascal Stolz

Steve Tully

Steve Tully

RAPHAEL WeiSHAUPT

RAPHAEL WeiSHAUPT


Paul Brown

Paul Brown

Reid Carr

Reid Carr

Gary Cohen

Gary Cohen

JEFFREY GRAD

JEFFREY GRAD

Mike Irwin

Mike Irwin

Denise Lee Yohn

Denise Lee Yohn

Chip Martoccia

Chip Martoccia

Craig Quantz

Craig Quantz

Dana Rowley

Dana Rowley

Dana Shertz

Dana Shertz

JIM SMITH

JIM SMITH

Carl Thomas

Carl Thomas

Shekhar Vyas

Shekhar Vyas

Gerry Widmer

Gerry Widmer


Glenn Brumage

Glenn Brumage

JIM CHASE

JIM CHASE

Eric Fagan

Eric Fagan

Gene Hirschkoff

Gene Hirschkoff

Paul June

Paul June

Steve Mariucci

Steve Mariucci

Alex McKean

Alex McKean

Pam Reyes

Pam Reyes

Mark Schmid

Mark Schmid

Mike Sick

Mike Sick

Susannah Stewart

Susannah Stewart

JAMES THOMPSON

JAMES THOMPSON

Madeleine Wiener

Madeleine Wiener

Norm Zwail

Norm Zwail