• 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 from diverse backgrounds to support students in translating their ideas into reality as they test their assumptions and validate their business models.

    Mentors

    Mentors play an active role in the Venture Lab course by attending specific class meetings during the semester and sharing feedback with students at key intervals.

    The ideal mentor is a serial entrepreneur or first-time founder in the social impact space. In addition to advising early-stage student entrepreneurs, mentors value the opportunity for networking and peer learning.

    Benefits:

    • Experience the satisfaction of helping start-up teams address critical business issues, focus on their growth trajectory, and build the team they need to reach their vision
    • Connect with a larger ecosystem of mentors, advisors, faculty, and staff through the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI)
    • Further develop and refine coaching skills while supporting teams of motivated students 
    • Receive invitations to events at The New School, including panel discussions, networking events, pitch nights, and fireside chats with inspiring entrepreneurs

    Key Commitments:

    • Participate in monthly Venture Lab class sessions on Monday evenings during the spring 2019 semester
    • Work with multiple student teams on critical decisions and actions to help them validate their business model path
    • Have the option of providing coaching and support to student teams outside 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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