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A San Diego based program for life science and technology companies that assists out of region companies with mentoring and industry connections by providing access to CONNECT’s world renowned Springboard program that has been in operation for over twenty years and assisted thousands of startups. CONNECT’s Destination San Diego program provides assistance services to global companies intending to expand into the US market via the Gateway San Diego. The three components of Destination San Diego include:

LaunchPad San Diego: A gateway to the U.S. and California marketplace: this intensive, one week “boot camp” with fast-track immersion into the collaborative culture of San Diego includes commercial, legal and technology reviews as well as introductions to potential strategic partners, best-in-class service providers, trade associations and potential investors in preparation for entering the U.S. or California marketplace.

Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) : An efficient assessment of the company’s readiness level for coaching to accelerate commercialization and expansion to the U.S. The assessment leverages CONNECT’s CEO-level business advisors who have experience scaling companies from inception to growth.

Global Bridge – creating the plan to support expansion: A combination of expert remote and onsite mentoring helps companies create the business plan to support expansion to the U.S. or California market. The process culminates in a panel of industry experts, investors and expert advisors providing feedback and industry contacts.

Countries that have participated in Destination San Diego Global Bridge include:

   United Kingdom

Client Testimonials:
MetraLabs Automation, Inc
“The participation in the CONNECT Destination San Diego program was the perfect way for our company to bring our business from Germany to California. A team of five highly experience C-level executives worked together with us to define specific market entrance strategies, marketing plans, and financial models, leading to a perfect investor presentation. With this great support, our company was able to get accepted into the Procopio LaunchPad incubator that provides legal assistance in both corporate and intellectual property areas. In addition to the mentoring process, CONNECT opened up opportunities for us to present our company to VCs, Angel Investors, and Private Investors in the San Diego Region and the Bay Area, and to build strong partnerships with strategic- and outsourcing partners in and around San Diego.

The CONNECT Destination San Diego program is enhanced by educational and networking events that helped our company to gather further information about business operation in the U.S. and to grow our network in California.”

Matthias Merten
Co-founder & interim CEO, MetraLabs USA

About MetraLabs Automation:
MetraLabs Automation, Inc. provides the next generation of automation technologies based on autonomous mobile robots. The robots are equipped with sensors to discern their environment and to generate a map of the surrounding area. They are able to navigate freely in areas as small as laboratories or as big as industrial plants, can reach any designated position without human direction, and perfectly avoid collisions with obstacles or humans.

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