Emerging Tech: Commercialization and Funding Lab

New York, New York

September 2019

Program overview

The interactive program, modeled after Springboard’s signature Lab program, is designed to address major challenges and opportunities for enterprise solution startups developing emerging technologies, namely, the successful market penetration strategy and adoption of their technology into business targets, and structured support and advisory for obtaining successful funding.

The program will launch with a Bootcamp comprised of interactive feedback-driven presentation sessions and roundtable discussions, and will enlist seasoned entrepreneurs, industry executives, investors in emerging tech, and emerging tech experts in the sessions.

Following the Bootcamp, companies are matched with advisors including targeted industry experts relevant to their enterprise market penetration and fundraising goals including experienced VCs and entrepreneurs.

The program concludes with a presentation session attended by enterprise executives, investors, and other industry experts and afterward, Springboard continues to serve as a relentless advocate, supporter, and connector for its alumnae.

Program goals

Advance the startups’ successful commercialization efforts through intensive work with their go-to-market approach, targeted support for their business development efforts including sales and pilot strategy, obtaining expert feedback on messaging and milestone achievement, and high level advisory from specific emerging tech investors to successfully commercialize their solutions and propel growth.

  1. Provide emerging tech companies with relevant resources to build scalable, economically impactful companies – Springboard’s programs have an 18-year track record of proven results and are designed to give entrepreneurs resources and access to experts relevant to their near-term challenges.

  2. Targeted help for commercialization – Emerging tech companies have particular challenges and opportunities that hinge on the successful adoption of their solutions into their sales targets. This program will focus intensively on removing the barriers to successful adoption through messaging, sales and business development strategy, and go-to-market strategy.

  3. Targeted help for investment – Emerging tech companies often have a balancing act between large capital needs and lengthy sales cycles. This program will pair entrepreneurs with seasoned emerging tech investors to provide advice with how to present their companies for funding, funding size, projected revenue and milestones.

  4. Helpful, feedback driven environment – The entire program is designed to be entrepreneur-centric, with direct and honest feedback in an atmosphere of support that is a signature of Springboard’s programs.

Criteria for applying companies

  • Seed to Series A stage

  • Have a woman in a key senior leadership position with a significant equity stake

  • Have a working, market-ready version of its enterprise (B2B) technology

  • Product offering that utilizes an emerging technology, such as blockchain, AI, or machine learning

Important dates

April 29: Applications launch

June 4: Priority application deadline

June 11: Final application deadline

July 15 - 26: Candidate Interviews in NYC and SF

Week of September 9: Bootcamp in NYC

September-December: Each selected company matched with advisory team including connections with Springboard Alumnae and Corporate and VC Partners

Week of December 2: Final Presentations in NYC 

About Springboard Enterprises - two decades of success

Springboard is a highly-vetted expert network of innovators, investors and influencers who are dedicated to building high-growth technology-oriented companies led by women. Since 2000, Springboard has worked with 735 women-led companies that have raised $8.7 billion, had 189 M&A events, and 17 IPOs. Over 5,500 advisors and experts around the world contribute human capital to our programs, including corporate executives from our many partners. Springboard Enterprises has a truly global reach, with programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.