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.

Mentor Base Commitment per calendar year.

Ways to Engage as a Mentor: 
*One-on-one meeting with startups
*2nd Thursday office hours
*Mock Angel panels
*Small group sessions at 2nd Thursday at Venture Cafe
*Create ITEN blog content
*Curriculum development

Communication : 
*Participate using Slack to communicate with other members.
*Contribute to advisory board
*Attend Quarterly Mentor Breakfast meetings
*Report Mentor activity as requested

Mentor Catalyst Commitment: 
*Help energize and keep mentors engaged
*Make at least one new mentor referral
*Champion events and show support
*Support other mentors

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