Expansion of the Expert Network To Provide Greater Edge for Women-led Tech Companies
WASHINGTON, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Springboard Enterprises launched its latest accelerator program recruiting high-growth, women–led life science companies. The organization also announced a major expansion of its National Advisory, Life Science and Media/Tech Councils. The new members complement an existing global network of well-positioned influencers, investors and innovators that support these annual Springboard accelerator programs produced since 2000.
" Springboard's power is in its human capital network," said Springboard co-founder and Chairman Kay Koplovitz . " The experts we've recruited to join our advisory councils will have an exponential effect on our ability to empower each class of Springboard entrepreneurs with world-class talent, connections and expertise."Applications are currently being accepted for their Life Science Accelerator through April 20. Learn more at www.springboardenterprises.org/forum/2013. This year's class will join over 500 women-led companies that are part of the Springboard portfolio, including Zipcar, Constant Contact, iRobot, ViaCell, Achillion, and Minute Clinic. Collectively these companies have raised nearly $6 billion, created tens of thousands of new jobs and generated billions in revenue. Over 80% have raised capital and over 80% are still in business. Ten are listed on public exchanges. Springboard's Councils provide the foundational support required to support such an expansive talent network. " Springboard builds long term relationships that follow our women throughout their entrepreneurial careers," said Joshua Henderson, Director of Programming. " We view it like Hotel California - you can check out anytime you want but you can never leave." The experts that are joining the Councils include: NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL – Joan Fallon , Founder & CEO at Curemark; Debra Filtzer , Director, Small Merchant Team, Global Merchant Services at American Express; Julia Klein , Chair & CEO at C.H. Briggs Co.; Michael Murdoch , Senior Vice President at Aon; Mindy Posoff , Managing Director at Traversent Capital Partners and Golden Seeds; Ingrid Vanderveldt , Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell; and Betsy Zeidman , Senior Fellow at Milken Institute. Full roster www.springboardenterprises.org/about/nac LIFE SCIENCE COUNCIL – Molly Coye , Chief Innovation Officer at UCLA Health; Adele Gulfo , President, Latin America at Pfizer; Mary Holland , Molecular Diagnostics Expert; Elaine Jones , Executive Director at Pfizer Venture Investments; Nina Kjellson , General Partner at Interwest Partners; Julie Murchinson , Executive Director, HEP Network at Health Evolution Partners, Judy Robinett , Serial Entrepreneur and Super Connector; Adriann Sax , Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer at Kadmon Pharmaceuticals; Kay Schwichtenberg , CEO at Central Life Sciences. Full roster www.springboardenterprises.org/about/lsc MEDIA/TECH COUNCIL – Daphne Kis, Managing Director, Golden Seeds; Rachel Weiss , VP, Digital Strategy and Interactive Marketing at L'Oreal; and Cherie L. Whitney, Senior Director Corporate Development, EMC Corporation. Full roster www.springboardenterprises.org/about/mtc SOURCE Springboard Enterprises