SD Sports Innovators, a business accelerator for the active sports industry, is accepting applications for Springboard 2.0, a free mentoring program.

According to SDSI, the free, four-month program pairs companies with mentors to assist in fine tuning a company’s business plans and creating compelling presentations to attract commercial and capital funding opportunities.

The mentor team is made up of some 50 industry veterans and experts who volunteer their time to help turn startups into sustainable businesses that create jobs.

Twenty-one companies have graduated from the SDSI Springboard since it became a stand-alone program from Connect in 2011. Five more companies are slated to graduate in mid-August at the Quick Pitch panel.

Interested businesses can apply through Aug. 26 at, or by contacting Renne Catalano at

— SDBJ Staff Report