With the demise of the Difference Engine, the meddling of Alex van Someren and the support of Redgate Software – plans were put together to relaunch Springboard in the format of a more traditional accelerator model.
Stewart McTavish (who had previously founded Dojo with Rahul Vohra) helped to find Springboard a home in the newly opened ideaSpace in the Hauser Forum – which became a magnificent backdrop for the Spring 2011 programme. Mat Clayton and Mark Littlewood tirelessly helped me to navigate the Cambridge ecosystem. Alongside this Springboard received support from the Cambridge Angels including Robert Sansom, David Cleevely, Herman Hauser, Sherry Coutu and Peter Cowley. It was Sherry who provide Springboard the platform for its relaunch at Silicon Valley comes to the UK (“SVC2UK”) – as written up by Mike Butcher.
Critical to the relaunch of the programme was support from a variety of investors that included NESTA, Vladas Lašas (father of Dalia in the first Difference Engine programme), Mark Hales (founder of the Oxygen Accelerator in Bimingham), Anthony Kypreos (who previously worked with Alex at the UKTI’s Global Entrepreneur Programme) and Colin Willis of Hotspur Capital Partners Limited. And with that Springboard v2.0 was launched.