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  

12 people found this review helpful

I am so impressed by Springboard Enterprises, which truly goes above and beyond to promote women entrepreneurs, living up to its vision and mission to be a "venture catalyst" for a historically underserved and under-represented group. The group has consistently maintained a relationship with me via its alumnus circle and consistently promoted me to relevant capital and connections to move my business forward. Springboard is a not for profit in spirit and approach filling a need in the capital and connections marketplace. It's held with the highest regard by all those I speak to about it.

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

gaining connection to new sources of money and influence; in meeting new people that can empower me; and in interacting with impressive and passionate staff that tenaciously live the mission.

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

give them more money and resources to increase visibility and sustainability of their mission into the next ten years of their not for profits life.

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

the selfless promotion of women entrepreneurs

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

warm and compassionate

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

change women's lives the world over

Ways to make it better...

i could have presented more than once at a forum to carry through learnings from my first time around

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

gaining greater visibility

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

present at a Springboard forum if you can .. it's not just about the capital, it's about the connections and those can last a lifetime

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Women believe they are breaking through the glass ceiling in the workplace, but their achievements and contributions are not recognized equally with their male counterparts. In 2000, a colleague enrolled me in a Springboard Boot Camp and I met Amy Millman, Kay Koplewitz and Denise Brousseau, among many others. I had already raised capital for one business but it was a painful experience. Springboard surrounded me with exceptional people that invested time and effort to form and support my personal vision for success in business. Springboard introduced me to investors that funded other companies and other professionals that helped me develop my career in business and science. Through Springboard I have developed the entrepreneurial tools I need, a reality check on the world around me and brought forward my inventions and other peoples inventions to the public. The Springboard motto is Women, Capital, Connections. This is the heart of the organization.

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

In 2000 I did not believe that I needed support. I was willing to go it alone. I was wrong. Springboard showed me a new template for women in business. Be yourself, Be Smart, Be Connected. They helped me show the merits of my ideas to the investment world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I am a co-founder of a small technological company based in Israel. Springboard took me and a dozen other women like me to a bootcamp where we learned how to talk to investors, how to present ourselves and our companies and what are the rights and wrongs on the US market. After that we came to Washington DC to meet with funds, angels and VCs.

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

Yes. On every meeting I have in the US I use the things and the tools they gave me.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Springboard not only afforded our company the opportunity to present to prospective investment groups but taught me personally the best and most efficient way to present the key aspects of our company. In addition, the coaching afforded us the opportunity to focus on the best of what we could accomplish. As a result we were one of the companies that grew and were eventually acquired. I am now participating as a coach and as an alumnus to give feedback and recommendations to new companies.

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

see above comments.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Springboard takes fledgling female entrepreneurs (and some not so fledgling) and turns them into polished presenters and executives. At a time when women owned businesses were/are getting only a small sliver of VC money, Springboard taught us the hot buttons and savvy skills to maneuver in this mine-infested territory. And, throughout the process and beyond, they stimulate networking with other women with similar challenges in growing their businesses. Springboard's ongoing communication is thorough and welcoming. Even though I've changed industries, I'm still part of their network and wouldn't hesitate to ask for help! hallie

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

Brought face to face with the $$ people when I was building my internet company. Had colleagues I could talk with about the ups and downs of our technology companies. Great camaraderie! Great resources!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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