• Mentorship and Advising Opportunities

    Overview

    The Venture Lab is an experiential semester-long course based on Lean Startup methods that has been adapted for social impact entrepreneurs. We are seeking mentors and advisors to support students in translating their ideas into reality while developing the mindset, skills, and sense of purpose needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

    Mentors

    Mentors play an active role in the Venture Lab course by attending weekly class sessions and coaching a student team as they work to validate their business model hypothesis. Mentors and teams will be matched on the basis of mutual interest and the mission of the social venture.

    The ideal mentor is an entrepreneur-in-residence, serial entrepreneur, or first-time founder in the social impact space who is in the process of validating a business idea. Mentors value peer learning and benefit from the structure and rigor of the Venture Lab course. They have opportunities to apply their learning by coaching a student team that is attempting to overcome similar obstacles.

    Benefits:

    • Learn cutting-edge business model concepts and validation methods
    • Connect with the larger ecosystem of mentors, advisors, faculty, and staff through the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI)
    • Generate mutual value in working with a startup team to help them address critical business issues, focus on their growth trajectory, and build the structure they need to reach their vision
    • Participate and learn along with student teams through structured workshops, how-to’s, and support that allows you to validate your own startup concepts

    Key Commitments:

    • Participate in weekly Venture Lab class sessions on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:40 p.m. during the spring 2018 semester
    • Work closely with a student team to help them validate their business model hypothesis
    • Provide an additional one to two hours per month of coaching student teams outside of the weekly Venture Lab class sessions 

    Advisors

    Advisors support participants in the Venture Lab course by sharing their knowledge, skills, experience, and connections with student teams as they work to validate their business model hypotheses. Throughout the semester, advisors respond to emails from student teams and share direct feedback through video chat, on the phone, or in person. Advisors have the flexibility to interact with teams on their own schedule and value opportunities to contribute their expertise in ways that support professional learning and growth.

    We are seeking advisors from diverse backgrounds with a range of expertise, but we are actively recruiting individuals in the following areas:

    • Social Impact Advisors: Members of the social impact community in New York City
    • Entrepreneur Advisors: Entrepreneurs with experience building and/or scaling a startup
    • Investor Advisors: Angel or venture investors active in the social impact space
    • Design Advisors: Designers or design strategists who have worked with startups
    • Subject Matter Experts: individuals with specific expertise needed by Venture Lab participants (legal, organizational structure, accounting, marketing, impact measurement, fundraising, IT, etc.)

    Benefits:

    • Connect with the larger ecosystem of mentors, advisors, faculty, and staff through the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI)
    • Generate mutual value in working with a startup team to help them address critical business issues, focus on their growth trajectory, and build the structure they need to reach their vision

    Key Commitments:

    • Serve as a guide for student teams, helping them reframe their questions and connect with the right customers and industry or domain-specific experts
    • Be able to respond to emails from student teams and commit to up to three 20-minute Skype calls per month, as needed 

    Interested?

    If you would like to serve as a mentor or advisor for the Venture Lab course, please complete the Mentor and Advisor Interest Form.

    Mentor and Advisor Interest Form

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