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What is the role of the Mentor?
Within each I-Corps project team, the I-Corps Mentor will play an essential role: providing insight from the private sector. This individual typically will be an experienced or emerging entrepreneur with experience in transiting technology out of academic labs. He or she will also be in close proximity to the academic institution and have connections throughout the region.
The I-Corps Mentor will serve as the principal guide in determining the technology disposition. He or she also will be responsible for regularly updating the cognizant NSF I-Corps program director on progress toward this goal.
Mentors need to be intimately involved with their team. As part of the 15 hours of effort, the mentors need to commit five (three for the curriculum + two) hours of "face time" per week, and cannot "dial in" their team meetings. These team meetings must include:
- Updating the customer contact strategy--the teams needs to make five to ten customer contacts per week.
- Ensuring that there is at least one update per week from the Mentor, the Entrepreneurial Lead and Principal Investigator.
- Summarize the lessons learned from the week and figure out the next steps.
- Reviewing the teams weekly presentation before they present to their peers.
- Identifying and correcting gaps in the Principal Investigator and Entrepreneurial Lead's business knowledge.
Bottom-line: The role of the Mentor is extremely critical to the team’s success. We expect 100% commitment and involvement from our Mentors.
For a list of our 2014 I-Corps Team Mentors click here.
Can I participate as a Mentor?
CTTC is highly selective in its Mentor intake process. Click here if you are interested in applying to the Mentor pool.
Will I get compensated for my time and efforts for participating as a Mentor?
No. Participation is voluntary and by invitation only. We are looking for individuals who can help, contribute and add to our entrepreneurial eco-system.
Who can I contact for additional details?
Contact Rigved Joshi, Manager – New Ventures at email@example.com / 615-322-5477.