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Causes: Employment, Job Training

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.

Programs: Springboard accelerator program: the springboard accelerator program is an educational program and showcase event that targets women entrepreneurs leading life sciences and media/technology companies. The program is a year long program in which entrepreneurs are recruited and 20-40 are selected to receive training, mentoring and connections from industry experts.

springboard's winners circle dinner: an annual event celebrating the accomplishments of the women entrepreneurs who have participated in springboard programs over the years and recognizing the exceptional achievements of select honorees.

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