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MENTORS

Industry Mentors

 

"Participating... has been very insightful and rewarding for me personally as it has introduced me to a group of incredibly bright and passionate entrepreneurs who are eager to test their business concepts with a team of Mentors that bring a wide variety of experience and expertise. This is a great opportunity for these young researchers and budding entrepreneurs. I wish I had such a group to lean on early in my career!"

Lee Riesterer, CEO, Gray Rock Digital

You can become a mentor with a university to be called upon to help specific National, Regional, or Sites teams or to assist in a mentor pool with regional cohorts. Sites teams, receive micro-grants on an ad-hoc basis or through scheduled programs at I-Corps Sites locations to conduct rapid customer discovery and determine if the I-Corps National Teams program is the right path forward in their commercialization journey. You can also join a mentor network to be as low touch as having coffee with teams to help them understand the ecosystem better.

If you are in the south east region and are interested in joining the I-Corps South mentor network please contact us and we will help incorporate you into the entrepreneurship ecosystem and mentor network which would make the most sense based on your experience and location.

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National Level

Teams must include an industry mentor who contributes to customer research and guidance on how to pivot based on the team's research findings. This requires a 7-week commitment including a national kick-off event, closing event, participation in customer interviews, and weekly WebEx calls.

 

Regional Level

Industry mentors work with Regional I-Corps Cohort teams to share their industry experience. There can be individual mentors dedicated to specific teams or a pool of mentors for multiple teams and/or the entire cohort to lean on for coaching and advice.​ These programs typically run 3-4 lengths and might require anywhere from 5-20 hours of time depending on the program structure over the duration.

Upcoming Events

  • Instructor Academy -  April 21, 22, & 25
    Instructor Academy -  April 21, 22, & 25
    Thu, Apr 21
    Virtual Program
    Apr 21, 2022, 9:00 AM – Apr 25, 2022, 1:00 PM
    Virtual Program
    Apr 21, 2022, 9:00 AM – Apr 25, 2022, 1:00 PM
    Virtual Program
    Are you a Lean Startup educator or an aspiring educator looking to learn more about the curriculum and how to teach and coach teams through a Lean Startup cohort? Come join our I-Corps South instructors as we train you on not just the 'what' of Lean Startup but also the 'how'.
  • Monthly Innovation Open Mic April 2022
    Monthly Innovation Open Mic April 2022
    Wed, Apr 13
    Online Event
    Apr 13, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT
    Online Event
    Apr 13, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT
    Online Event
    In collaboration with I-Corps South at Georgia Institute of Technology, the Wond’ry hosts a monthly Innovation Open Mic event, where aspiring innovators are invited to practice presenting their ideas and projects to a panel of entrepreneurial experts and mentors.
  • I-Corps Spring Regional
    I-Corps Spring Regional
    Mon, Mar 28
    Chattanooga
    Mar 28, 2022, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN, USA
    Mar 28, 2022, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN, USA
    I-Corps South is excited to announce an upcoming regional entrepreneurship program in partnership with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, set to take place March/April 2022. To Apply: Email: scarson2@utk.edu
  • Monthly Innovation Open Mic March 2022
    Monthly Innovation Open Mic March 2022
    Wed, Mar 09
    Online Event
    Mar 09, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST
    Online Event
    Mar 09, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST
    Online Event
    In collaboration with I-Corps South at Georgia Institute of Technology, the Wond’ry hosts a monthly Innovation Open Mic event, where aspiring innovators are invited to practice presenting their ideas and projects to a panel of entrepreneurial experts and mentors.
  • GTRI STING
    GTRI STING
    Mon, Feb 28
    Atlanta
    Feb 28, 2022, 10:00 AM – May 06, 2022, 2:00 PM
    Atlanta, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA
    Feb 28, 2022, 10:00 AM – May 06, 2022, 2:00 PM
    Atlanta, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA
    Coming February 2022
  • Monthly Innovation Open Mic February 2022
    Monthly Innovation Open Mic February 2022
    Wed, Feb 09
    Virtual Event
    Feb 09, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST
    Virtual Event
    Feb 09, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST
    Virtual Event
    Cohosted by Georgia Tech's I-Corps South and Vanderbilt's Wond’ry the Innovation Open Mic event is where aspiring innovators pitch their ideas and mentors provide feedback. Interested as a startup team or as a mentor? Click on 'Learn More' and our outreach coordinator will follow up.
  • Monthly Innovation Open Mic [November 2021]
    Monthly Innovation Open Mic [November 2021]
    Wed, Nov 10
    Virtual Event
    Nov 10, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST
    Virtual Event
    Nov 10, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST
    Virtual Event
    Cohosted by Georgia Tech's I-Corps South and Vanderbilt's Wond’ry the Innovation Open Mic event is where aspiring innovators pitch their ideas and mentors provide feedback. Interested as a startup team or as a mentor? Click on 'Learn More' and our outreach coordinator will follow up.
  • Female Founders Speaker Series - October
    Female Founders Speaker Series - October
    Thu, Oct 21
    Zoom
    Oct 21, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
    Zoom
    Oct 21, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
    Zoom
    The Female Founders Speaker Series features conversations with successful women entrepreneurs sharing their journeys in building their startups and entrepreneurial topical experts sharing their knowledge. Come meet Carolyn Pitt as she talks about her startup journey for Productions.com.
  • Monthly Innovation Open Mic [October 2021]
    Monthly Innovation Open Mic [October 2021]
    Wed, Oct 20
    Virtual Event
    Oct 20, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
    Virtual Event
    Oct 20, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
    Virtual Event
    Cohosted by Georgia Tech's I-Corps South and Vanderbilt's Wond’ry the Innovation Open Mic event is where aspiring innovators pitch their ideas and mentors provide feedback. Interested as a startup team or as a mentor? Click on 'Learn More' and our outreach coordinator will follow up.
  • [I-Corps Regional Cohort] University of Tennessee hosted Fall 2021
    [I-Corps Regional Cohort] University of Tennessee hosted Fall 2021
    Fri, Oct 15
    In Person and Virtual Program (Hybrid)
    Oct 15, 2021, 12:00 PM – Nov 05, 2021, 12:00 PM
    In Person and Virtual Program (Hybrid)
    Oct 15, 2021, 12:00 PM – Nov 05, 2021, 12:00 PM
    In Person and Virtual Program (Hybrid)
    Do you or your team have a great idea for a startup? If so, come join our Fall 2021 I-Corps South Regional Cohort hosted by the University of Tennessee. Teams will be coached through evidence-based entrepreneurship.
  • Instructor Academy -  October 7, 8, & 11
    Instructor Academy -  October 7, 8, & 11
    Thu, Oct 07
    Virtual Program
    Oct 07, 2021, 8:00 AM – Oct 11, 2021, 12:30 PM
    Virtual Program
    Oct 07, 2021, 8:00 AM – Oct 11, 2021, 12:30 PM
    Virtual Program
    Are you a Lean Startup educator or an aspiring educator looking to learn more about the curriculum and how to teach and coach teams through a Lean Startup cohort? Come join our I-Corps South instructors as we train you on not just the 'what' of Lean Startup but also the 'how'.
  • Georgia Tech Alumni Engagement: Intrapreneurship - How to Leverage Lean Startup for Corporate Innovation
    Georgia Tech Alumni Engagement: Intrapreneurship - How to Leverage Lean Startup for Corporate Innovation
    Wed, Oct 06
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86796371517?pwd=c
    Oct 06, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86796371517?pwd=c
    Oct 06, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86796371517?pwd=c
    If you're a Georgia Tech Alumni looking for ways to engage with the entrepreneurship community surrounding Georgia Tech's VentureLab and the NSF I-Corps South Node please join this session. We will be providing an overview of how Lean Startup methodology can be leveraged for corporate innovation.
  • Female Founders Speaker Series - September
    Female Founders Speaker Series - September
    Tue, Sep 21
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88923995057?pwd=d
    Sep 21, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88923995057?pwd=d
    Sep 21, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88923995057?pwd=d
    The Female Founders Speaker Series features conversations with successful women entrepreneurs sharing their journeys in building their companies and entrepreneurial experts sharing their knowledge of how to get started. Come meet Sammie Hansen as she talks about her startup journey with MedSur.
  • Georgia Tech Alumni Engagement: Atlanta Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
    Georgia Tech Alumni Engagement: Atlanta Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
    Wed, Sep 08
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87840920869?pwd=O
    Sep 08, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87840920869?pwd=O
    Sep 08, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87840920869?pwd=O
    If you're a Georgia Tech Alumni looking for ways to engage with the entrepreneurship community surrounding Georgia Tech's VentureLab and the NSF I-Corps South Node please join this session. We will be providing an overview of the Atlanta Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and how our team engages with it.
  • [I-Corps Regional Cohort] Female Founders - Fall 2021
    [I-Corps Regional Cohort] Female Founders - Fall 2021
    Thu, Sep 02
    Virtual Program
    Sep 02, 2021, 1:30 PM – Sep 29, 2021, 10:00 AM
    Virtual Program
    Sep 02, 2021, 1:30 PM – Sep 29, 2021, 10:00 AM
    Virtual Program
    Do you or your team have a great idea for a potential startup? If so, come join our Female Founders I-Corps Regional program! Teams will be coached through the basics of evidence-based entrepreneurship while talking through key topics related to being a female entrepreneur.
  • Info Session - Female Founders Introduction to Lean Startup - Fall 2021
    Info Session - Female Founders Introduction to Lean Startup - Fall 2021
    Thu, Aug 26
    https://gatech.webex.com/meet/mheffner3
    Aug 26, 2021, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
    https://gatech.webex.com/meet/mheffner3
    Aug 26, 2021, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
    https://gatech.webex.com/meet/mheffner3
    Join us to learn more about the Female Founders Phase 1 Introduction to Lean Startup program that coaches I-Corps South female-led teams through the basics of evidence-based entrepreneurship and innovation centered on customer discovery while connecting them with successful female entrepreneurs.
  • Female Founders Speaker Series - August
    Female Founders Speaker Series - August
    Thu, Aug 26
    Virtual Event
    Aug 26, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Aug 26, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    The Female Founders Speaker Series features conversations with successful women entrepreneurs sharing their journeys in building their companies and entrepreneurial experts sharing their knowledge of how to get started. This month come meet Blanca Catalina Garcia from ATDC.
  • Georgia Tech Alumni Engagement Information Session: VentureLab - Inclusive Entrepreneurship
    Georgia Tech Alumni Engagement Information Session: VentureLab - Inclusive Entrepreneurship
    Wed, Aug 04
    Virtual Event
    Aug 04, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Aug 04, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    If you're a Georgia Tech Alumni looking for ways to engage with the entrepreneurship community surrounding Georgia Tech's VentureLab and the NSF I-Corps South Node please join this information session. We will be providing an overview of approaches to inclusive entrepreneurship and how to engage.
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