What We Look for in our Mentors

Mentor Characteristics and Impact: 

Our mentors are serial entrepreneurs, investors, or subject matter experts that want to give back to the community. They have a “give-first” attitude.

Ways to Engage as a Mentor: 

  • Inclusion in Mentor Directory for one-on-one meeting with startups
  • Holding 2nd Thursday @ Venture Cafe office hours
  • Participating in Mock Angel panels
  • Leading small group sessions at 2nd Thursday @ Venture Cafe
  • Create ITEN blog content
  • Contribute to curriculum development

Expectations & Commitment: 

  • Maintain updated profile in our Union platform
  • Use Union platform to schedule meetings with startups
  • Become familiar with ITEN programs and tools to effectively use them as a framework for sessions with startups
  • Attend Quarterly Mentor Meetings/Calls
  • Attend 2nd Thursday and other events as schedule allows
  • Be a champion for ITEN

If you’d like to become an ITEN mentor, here are the steps:

  • Read and become familiar with our policies: the confidentiality, conflict of interest and inclusion policies. You will affirm your promise to adhere to these policies in the application.
  • Fill out the Mentor Application
  • Have a Meeting with us…
 

 

“The entrepreneurial journey is fraught with risk, uncertainty and scarcity of resources. I mentor founders and startups so that they can successfully negotiate these challenges and accelerate their success.”  – Chuck Vallurupalli, Mentor,  EIR

 

“Serving as a mentor with ITEN has been one of the most fulfilling opportunities in my career. I have truly enjoyed working with these talented entrepreneurs and have grown alongside the many companies I’ve mentored.” – Jane Vancil , Mentor, EIR