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

  • Female Founders Speaker Series - November
    Nov 03, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
    Zoom Webinar
    The Female Founders Speaker Series features conversations with successful women in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. November 3, 2022, Kathryn O'Day - Partner @ Atlanta Ventures - will join us to pull back the curtain on the VC world.
  • Female Founders Speaker Series 1st Anniversary Celebration
    Jul 28, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Atlanta, 756 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA
    Celebrating one year of women's entrepreneurial stories and journeys.
  • I-Corps Regional Cohort- Female Founders - Summer 2022
    Jul 06, 1:00 PM – Jul 20, 1:00 PM
    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.
  • Female Founders Speaker Series - June
    Jun 29, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
    Zoom
    The Female Founders Speaker Series features conversations with successful women entrepreneurs sharing their journeys on building their startups and entrepreneurial topical experts sharing their knowledge. This June we welcome Angie Roberts, creator of Amazing Gray Personal Styling.
  • Female Founders Speaker Series - June
    May 19, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
    Zoom
    The Female Founders Speaker Series features conversations with successful women entrepreneurs sharing their journeys on building their startups and entrepreneurial topical experts sharing their knowledge. This June we welcome Angie Robers, creator of Amazing Gray Personal Styling.
  • Female Founders Speaker Series - April
    Apr 28, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
    Zoom
    The Female Founders Speaker Series features conversations with successful women entrepreneurs sharing their journeys on building their startups and entrepreneurial topical experts sharing their knowledge. This April we welcome back Kacie Lett Gordon and Katie Mullins, Co-founders of IT ALL MEDIA.
  • Instructor Academy -  April 21, 22, & 25
    Thu, Apr 21
    Virtual Program
    Apr 21, 9:00 AM – Apr 25, 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'.
  • [I-Corps Regional Cohort] Female Founders - Spring 2022
    Apr 14, 1:00 PM – May 10, 3:30 PM
    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.
  • Monthly Innovation Open Mic April 2022
    Apr 13, 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.
  • Female Founders Info Session
    Mar 31, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM EDT
    Zoom
    The Female Founders program is open to all women and those who identify as female who are considering a startup.
  • Female Founders Speaker Series - March 2022
    Mar 30, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
    Zoom
    The Female Founders Speaker Series features conversations with successful women entrepreneurs sharing their journeys on building their startups and entrepreneurial topical experts sharing their knowledge. This March we welcome GT alumna, Audrey McLoghlin, founder of Frank & Eileen.
  • I-Corps Spring Regional
    Mon, Mar 28
    Chattanooga
    Mar 28, 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
    Mar 09, 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
    Mon, Feb 28
    Atlanta
    Feb 28, 10:00 AM – May 06, 2:00 PM
    Atlanta, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA
    Coming February 2022
  • Female Founders Speaker Series - February 2022
    Feb 24, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM EST
    Zoom
    The Female Founders Speaker Series features conversations with successful women entrepreneurs sharing their journeys on building their startups and entrepreneurial topical experts sharing their knowledge. This February we speak with Katy Mallory, co-founder and CEO of SlumberPod.
  • Monthly Innovation Open Mic February 2022
    Feb 09, 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  January 25, 2022
    Jan 25, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
    Zoom
    The Female Founders Speaker Series features conversations with successful women entrepreneurs sharing their journeys on building their startups and entrepreneurial topical experts sharing their knowledge. This January we meet with Female Founders alumni Rocio Frej Vitalle and Yana Bebieva.
  • Female Founders Speaker Series - 2022
    Nov 18, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
    Zoom
    The Female Founders Speaker Series features conversations with successful women entrepreneurs sharing their journeys on building their startups and entrepreneurial topical experts sharing their knowledge. We are working to build our guest list for 2022.