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Become A Mentor

Invitation to Prospective Mentors

The Edson E+I mentor network supports student, faculty and community entrepreneurs. Ventures may be at a wide range of developmental stages, from ideation through commercialization. The mission of the network is to catalyze the entrepreneurial success of founders by connecting them with volunteer Entrepreneurship Experts who hold office hours and paid Venture Mentors who provide regular, ongoing support to founders and their teams.

Entrepreneurs have a lot of big ideas. They also have a lot of creativity and the grit needed to navigate the rough waters of starting a new business. But sometimes, as in many areas of our lives, we don’t know what we don’t know. That is why our Mentors are such an important part of the startup process. Mentors provide the experience, guidance, and support that can help founders keep moving their idea forward, mitigating risks and leveraging opportunities.

Available Mentoring roles include:


Venture Mentors

Venture Mentors (VMs) are seasoned entrepreneurs who are hired and paid by ASU. VMs are matched with founders based on their background and areas of expertise. VMs act as both an expert on the process of moving a venture forward, as well as a guide to encourage entrepreneurs to plug into startup resources at ASU.

VMs meet with each of their six assigned ventures every other week and are available for interim questions via email and phone.

VMs must be serial entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs who have a deep passion for helping others avoid common startup pitfalls. VMs must have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and are required to attend ongoing training and development sessions.

If you are interested in becoming aVenture Mentor, we welcome you to apply by completing our mentor application.


An ASU Mentor Network staff member will contact you to discuss next steps.

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