San Diego Sport Innovators (SDSI), the nonprofit business development organization for the sports and active lifestyle (SAL) industry, is now accepting applications to its business accelerator program through July 31.

SDSI Springboard, sponsored by K2 Insurance Services, is a 20-week intensive, mentor-led program that taps executives and seasoned entrepreneurs — from companies like Callaway Golf, Road Runner Sports,, Competitor Group — to provide time and expertise to help growing companies reach success.

According to SDSI, Springboard is open to SAL companies of all sizes who are facing significant milestones such as: launching a new product, starting a new business, shifting a business model, preparing to raise capital or working through a significant growth phase.

Those interested can apply at SDSI membership is required upon acceptance into the program.

“We are most proud of our successes,” said Bill Walton, SDSI executive chairman. “Over the years, 87 percent of our Springboard graduates are still in business; we have helped to build 70 different companies; those companies have raised more than $50 million in business-building capital and have create nearly 450 real jobs — jobs that are the bedrock foundation of our community.”