Life Science: 2014


Springboard: Life Science 2014 is a community-driven accelerator program for early-stage biotech, device and health IT companies led by women.

View the 2014 Final Report


Global recruitment Rigorous screening process 10 companies Time-efficient Coaching Lifetime access to the Global network

Selected Companies

What makes Springboard different?
After 14 years and 545 entrepreneurs, we’ve learned what it takes to build high growth companies:
people We have a long term focus on the entrepreneur. flask We focus on time-efficient, strategic connections and coaching.
target We target entrepreneurs willing to invest in the long-term success of the network. globe We have a vast, but selective global network of innovators, investors and influencers.
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Medical Devices


Healthcare IT

Digital Health

dash Application Criteria dash
check A woman in senior leadership with a significant equity stake check A track record of milestone achievement which may include: grants, clients, revenue
check A profitable market opportunity with competitive advantage check A credible core management team or ability to attract one

A Few Springboard Success Stories:

The 545 women-led businesses that are alumnae of our previous accelerator classes have achieved remarkable results:

[   83% Raised Capital  |  $6.5B Capital Raised  |  11 IPOs  |  81% in Operation   ]

Our core differentiator at Springboard is our network. We’ve assembled an all-star team of advisors, industry experts, influential business leaders, investors, and a peer network of entrepreneurs that we leverage to support each new class. You can be a part of our network…

  • as a sponsor. Sponsors can boost brand visibility and build relationships early on with companies on the fast track.
  • as an investor. Investors get access to Springboard applicants & selected companies as a qualified source of additional deal flow.
  • as an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs can build relationships with investors and industry experts, refine their investor pitch and open new doors for growth during the program and beyond as an alumna.
  • as an industry expert. Industry experts and advisors can become a part of our curated expert network.
  • as a pipeline partner. Entrepreneurial and sector-focused business organizations, startup accelerators, angel networks and other groups can get priority review for their entrepreneurs.

Want to get involved? Contact Jennifer Lannon at

Get to know Springboard’s Life Science Advisors

Life Science Council

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2014 Program Timeline*

SELECTION Recruitment: Springboard leverages its global network of pipeline partners, advisors and alumnae for referrals.
Early February Launch Applications Online
March 13 Deadline Online
Selection: The rigorous screening process includes an online application (round 1) and in-person interviews (round 2).
March Screening Online
Late March/Early April Interviews Various Locations
COACHING Bootcamp: Two days of events kick off the coaching process including a day-long “Bootcamp” designed to help entrepreneurs tap into the Springboard expert network for relevant and strategic advice about pitching to investors and partners.
May 6-7 Bootcamp Boston
Targeted Coaching: Springboard identifies each company’s needs and hand picks a team of expert coaches to join a “Personal Advisory Board” that will serve as a sounding board for challenges, assist in refining the investor presentation and make introductions to open up new opportunities. Coaching is virtual so entrepreneurs can stay focused on building your company.
May-July Individual Coaching Online/Virtual
PRESENTATIONS Presentation Opportunities: Several selected companies will have additional opportunities to pitch in small meetings and at conferences to key investors and strategic partners.
July 17 San Francisco
Post-program/Ongoing Various Locations
A Lifetime of Support: Springboard is dedicated to providing maximum value to its entrepreneurs, serving as a sounding board for its alumnae and a source of ongoing connections and expertise.
Ongoing Online

*Subject to change


Program Partners


Program Supporters


Venue Hosts

Supporting Organizations

Pipeline Partners


Investor Partners

 37 Angels
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 Grotech Ventures

Alumnae Committee

  • Alexis Traynor-Kaplan, ISM Therapeutics
  • Anita Knap, New England PharmAssociates
  • Annette McClellan, Annette McClellan Advisors
  • Barbara Fox, Avaxia Biologics
  • Barbara Handelin, BioPontis Alliance
  • Bing Doh, HealthCrowd
  • Bonnie Fendrock
  • Carol Nacy, Sequella
  • Chiara Bell, Careticker
  • Christine Adamow, EuphorbUS
  • Danguole Altman, Vapogenix
  • Deborah Mash, University of Miami
  • Dimitria Georganopoulou, Ohmx
  • Dorna Hakimi, BioInspire Technologies
  • France Helfer, Halo Healthcare
  • Galit Zuckerman, Medasense
  • Gloria Kolb, Fossa Medical
  • Grace Soyao, Self Care Catalysts
  • Heather Potters, Pharmalet
  • Helen Maslocka, Medcool
  • Hilla Shaviv, Galmedics
  • Irene Hrusovsky, BELLE Capital USA
  • Irina Kavounovski, HDH Medical
  • Joan Fallon, Curemark
  • Joanne Rohde, Axial Exchange
  • Karen Giroux, Polymerix Corporation
  • Kay Wagoner, Wagoner Discovery
  • Lee Jones, Rebiotix
  • Lena Wu, Rogne Bioscience
  • Lisa McKerracher, BioAxone Biosciences
  • Lynnor Stevenson, DesignMedix
  • Mary Wallace Jaensch, SPARK Solutions for Growth
  • Melissa Thompson, TalkSession
  • Mira Sahney, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy
  • Nancy Briefs, InfoBionic
  • Nee-Yin Chou, CW Optics
  • Pamela Contag, Molecular Sciences Institute
  • Patricia Meisner, ActualMeds
  • Patti White, Brien Holden Vision Diagnostics
  • Rachel Braun Scherl, SPARK Solutions for Growth
  • Rajni Aneja, zuChem Inc.
  • Roberta Lee, Acueity Healthcare
  • Sharon Flank, InfraTrac
  • Summer Knight, DSK Companies
  • Sylvia McBrinn, Axerion Therapeutics
  • Valerie Palmieri, LifeCycle Laboratories
  • Valerie Perlowitz, International Holding Company
  • Yael Schwartz, Hygeia Therapeutics
  • Zoe Barry, ZappRx

Screening Committee

  • Adam Scott, Aetna
  • Alexa Hanson, Covington & Burling
  • Alison Taunton Rigby, RiboNovix
  • Ann Gaddy, BioPacific Investors
  • Bill Trainor, Mutual Capital Partners
  • Carol Ashe, Carol Ashe Associates
  • Christine Bellon, Blueprint Medicines
  • Daniella Krajnac, GE Healthcare
  • Debra Apruzzese, Lonza Microbial Control
  • Ellen Corenswet, Covington & Burling
  • Gigi Wang, eCoast Angel Network
  • Gwilym Attwell, Fish & Richardson
  • Hollis Leech, WiserCare
  • Hugh Ma, Aetna
  • Jacob Plummer, Allscripts
  • Jahan Ali, Octane
  • Jan Hughes, Alquest
  • Jessica Milner, Covington & Burling
  • Jill Carroll, SROne
  • Julia O’Connor, Accelalox
  • Julie Papanek, Canaan Partners
  • Karen Drexler
  • Katherine Wolf, Rocket Science
  • Kay Schwichtenberg, Central Life Sciences
  • Kimberlie Cerrone, Tiatros
  • Lillian Stern, Stern Investor Relations
  • Lina Gugucheva, Covington & Burling
  • Marissa Tricarico, NYU Innovation Venture Fund
  • Mary Holland
  • Nalini Murdter, Women in Bio
  • Paul Antinori, The Medicines Company
  • Pearl D’Cruz, PEARL Consulting
  • Phyllis Kristal, Fish & Richardson
  • Shruti Abbato, Perspicere
  • Shweta Singh, Genentech
  • Stacey Seltzer, Aisling Capital
  • Sven Jacobson, Carrot Capital
  • Trish Thomas, Venture Sweat

About Springboard:

Venture-catalyst Springboard Enterprises is the premier platform where influencers, investors, and innovators meet to help women build ‘big businesses starting small’. Springboard sources, coaches, showcases and supports women-led growth companies seeking equity capital for product development and expansion.