Springboard Enterprises

Rating: 4.94 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Job Training

Location: 2100 Foxhall Road NW Washington DC 20007 USA

Mission: Venture-catalyst Springboard Enterprises is the premier platform where entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts meet to build great women-led businesses. Springboard sources, coaches, showcases and supports high growth companies seeking equity capital for expansion. Springboard’s Impact • Springboard has showcased 445 women-led businesses at 21 venture forums since 2000. Over a thousand women entrepreneurs have attended Springboard Growth Capital Workshops and Equity Matters: The Route to NASDAQ Seminars. • Springboard companies have raised $5B in equity, grants, and strategic investments. • 8 Springboard companies went public since July 2004 and 28% merged, acquired, or were acquired. • 80% of Springboard companies continue to grow independently or as part of a merged company. • Springboard operational companies have in aggregate 10,000 employees and generate $4B in annual revenues. • On average, Springboard operational companies have 30 employees and $12M in annual revenues. • 4,000+ women entrepreneurs in the software, technology, media, consumer and business products, and life sciences industries have applied to present at Springboard Forums. • 4,000+ investors, service providers, and business development professionals have actively participated in Springboard programs as recruiters, reviewers and coaches. • Springboard has received national acclaim in major media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Inc., New York Times, US News & World Report, San Jose Mercury News, Washington Post, NPR, Forbes, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Enterprising Women, FORTUNE and Business Week.

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I was truly amazed by the Springboard experience. The boot-camp gave me the tools and confidence necessary to raise our Series A successfully. We were able to raise an over-subscribed round in the midst of the great recession. I credit Springboard and its training program for our success.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting and exceeding our fundraising goals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more alumnae programs and chances for our members to reconnect.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

mingling with the members and the training sessions.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world by creating a venture fund for the alumnae.

Ways to make it better...

it was longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and resources.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love Springboard and cannot say enough good things about it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

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17 people found this review helpful

Women entrepreneurs build and nurture high growth companies. Springboard provides the best spotlight to shine on these amazing, talented and committed women, bring them from the background to center stage and ready them to deliver their performance as leading ladies in the role of their lifetimes. The best talent has the best coaches, managers and support team and Springboard plays all of these roles with integrity, sincerity and a powerful voice advocating for women to get their fair share of capital and access to an incomparable network.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Nine years ago I completed Springboard's bootcamp, presented my start up at Harvard University in front of hundred's of people, raised capital but most important is the sense of my belonging to something special and being someone special.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The quality of the people

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, dedicated, caring and highly connected

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the face of women's entrepreneurship by increasing their access to capital

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Springboard offers fantastic programs for women entrepreneurs. The Springboard experience really helped me to hone my message as we raised capital.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...raising several million dollars of capital, and learning to communicate effectively with investors and board members.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...the great peer and mentor network, and excellent follow-up communication.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

...enthusiastic and knowledgeable!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...change the world of business (for the better)!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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13 people found this review helpful

Springboard 2009 was an amazing venture into the world of women owned businesses, friendships and connections that grew during this intense year of being asked to present to this group. Ultimately, PharmaJet was chosen to participate in a whirlwind of presentations across the country and gave us an opportunity to sharpen our skills at speaking, meeting high level professionals, and honing in on the salient points of attracting interest to one's business and mission. I became more confident in telling the story of PharmaJet and learned so much from the coaching of Sam Horn, as she tasked us with a one minute presentation, a 5 minute, 10 minute, 15, and 20 minute presentation styles. Learning through these time-frames helped develop clear and focused power point presentations, as well. Springboard is extremely unique for women and I highly encourage others to join and participate with women in business, science and entrepreneurship. Kathleen Callender Founder of PharmaJet, Ind. Needle-free Jet Injection Technology

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

see above

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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16 people found this review helpful

I participated in one of the first Springboard events, in Silicon Valley. Alhtough the primary purpose of the program is to allow startups to present directly to investors in their niche, I gained so much more through the process. It was grueling but rewarding to have every aspect of our business plan, our team, and my own speaking skills put through the test. I was offered expert advice on everything from what to wear to structuring our pitch. The lessons I learned have stood me in good stead for the last 10 years and my business is continuing to thrive because of them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Every aspect of my business is touched by the lessons I learned during my Springboard training, and they have cotinued to offer a support group that is talented and amazing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2001-10-01

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10 people found this review helpful

Springboard is an exceptional organization for women entrepreneurs and has expanded to promote and support women in other fields using diverse and creative methods. They created a format for women to present their businesses to high level venture capital firms who have interest in investing in women run businesses. They provided coaching on financials and on the presentation itself. They have been a sounding board ever since. I highly recommend participating/supporting this group.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We presented to the investors organized by Springboard and had a number of interested leads come out of the event. To this day, I still remain in contact with incredible individuals I met through participating in this group.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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11 people found this review helpful

Springboard is unique in my experience as a blossoming and ultimately highly successful venture-backed high tech CEO. Many groups try to provide coaching and pitch venues. Springboard is a cut above. Their bootcamp is intensive, on point, and constructive in a way that most coaching "opportunities" are not. That the organization focuses on women-led organizations in a overwhelmingly male space enables unique opportunities to be inspired and learn from those who are like you (and there are so very few in that category....). My only regret is that it is often terribly hard to find the money and time to be involved on an ongoing basis as much as I would like while building a thriving start-up turned second stage company.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping me become more professional as the "face" of my organization. Their follow-up is nothing short of phenomenal. Transition coaching was an unexpected blessing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

smart & savvy!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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1 person found this review helpful

Springboard has continued to exceed my expectations with the success they have had bringing the right people -- investors, business development partners, major corporations -- into the fold and engaging with women entrepreneurs. They get real things done -- connections that forward the business, hard investment dollars.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have met many great contacts through this organization and even bought some of the resulting products from companies they have helped to get funded.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

The level of professionalism, communication and access to leading thinkers puts Springboard in a class by itself. As female entrepreneurs for a company making products for women, the opportunity to learn from, speak with and collaborate with serial entrepreneurs, leading funding sources and experienced business people has proven extremely valuable to our business success. Being associated with Springboard is extremely meaningful in our ongoing business discussions. We plan to stay very involved so that we can be a part of offering the same experience to other entrepreneurs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its ability to provide access to great thinkers and business partners.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I had presented my biotech startup before to various groups, and gotten both good feedback and some funding. But Springboard is in another league. My coaches and the Springboard staff were demanding, even perfectionist... and yet warmly supportive. I expected to present and be swarmed with eager investors, who would just whip out their term sheets and checkbooks. (Ha! In 2009, that's not how things worked anywhere.) What I didn't expect, and what I found very impressive, is the extensive follow-up: this is a group that keeps helping - the staff, the coaches, my fellow Springboard alumnae.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Introductions to potential funders, potential customers, service providers, information on relevant policy changes... and an impressive network of people who know what it takes to meet exactly the challenges I face.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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