SDSI Gateway Workshop

San Diego, CA

SDSI Gateway Workshop


This intensive workshop is the ultimate Entrepreneur's primer.

This event covers all the essentials you need to build a foundation for your business and turn an idea into reality.

In addition to an in-depth exploration of a comprehensive business plan, we’ve gathered industry experts, service providers and experienced mentors to create a workshop that covers the critical points entrepreneurs need to know when going from an idea to functioning business.

Listen and Learn

We call this workshop intensive for a reason. We've built this course for busy entrepreneurs, and cover a lot of great information in a short time. Get ready to take notes! We'll start with a soup-to-nuts presentation on planning for scale and running a business lead by one of our expert Business Mentors. Then we’ll open the workshop up to small breakout groups where you can meet with experts and providers to ask questions and gain information about your specific business needs.

Take Home Materials

We provide you with an entrepreneur's check list to make sure you're building a strong foundation for your business, as well as access to our business plan presentation deck template. This template is a key part of the curriculum that guides our accelerator program. If you're looking to be paired with a mentor team as part of SDSI Accelerator, this workshop will help you prepare.

Sports Focus, Open to All

SDSI is a not-for-profit organization that exists to support the growth of the Sports and Active Lifestyle (SAL) community in San Diego. Our Accelerator and Master mentoring programs are only open to SAL businesses, however we recognize that the needs and hurdles of early stage business are often similar, so this workshop is open to businesses and services of all industries.

Who Is This Workshop For?

This workshop is for entrepreneurs in the ideation to pre-launch, soft launch or very early launch stages of their company. If you are looking to build or refine your business plan, hone your numbers and determine methods of funding, this workshop is for you. If you are looking to scale your existing business or prepare to take on investment, please take a look at our Accelerator program.

What’s on the Agenda?

We aim to make this workshop valuable and efficient for all types of businesses with all types of needs. Our presentation on business planning covers basics that are important for any type business, in any industry and can be valuable even to existing businesses who are looking to drive growth. In our breakout sessions we bring in experts to address common sticking points that early entrepreneurs face including:

  • Intellectual property - what to protect and when
  • Corporate structure and business taxes
  • Prototyping
  • Go-to market and marketing strategy
  • Product validation
  • Methods of funding and where to find them
  • Valuation
  • Business accounting
  • & more