SD Sports Innovators, a local business accelerator for startups in the sports and active lifestyle industries, is accepting applications for its Springboard 2.0 program through Sept. 7.

The free program is a four-month intensive business accelerator that pairs qualified entrepreneurs with industry veterans and experts who volunteer to help guide the fledgling companies.

Accepted companies convene to present their business plans to fellow participants, business advisers and experts for feedback. Mentoring occurs in stages, starting with the development of a 15-minute investor presentation, which is later honed to a five-minute “Quick Pitch,” program officials said.

Future opportunities for Springboard participants include consideration to present their business plans at investor events such as SDSI Investor Draft, Rock Stars of Innovation and FundSourceOR.

To apply to SDSI Springboard 2.0, visit or contact Renne Catalano at