IDEA Mentors are professionals who volunteer their time to help venture teams develop their companies. While Mentors bring specific domain and technical expertise to these relationships, their role is to guide venture teams through the myriad of challenges all start-ups face.
Some Mentors work with the student Coaches who are assigned to ventures. They provide Coaches with insight into how they can better help the ventures develop business plans, utilize resources, plan their time as they develop into viable businesses.
Mentors interact with Coaches and ventures in a manner and frequency mutually agreed to by the parties. The IDEA Management Team organizes monthly Mentor Workshops and once a semester holds a mentor-networking event to help facilitate these relationships.