Become a Mentor

GW Mentor meeting with several students at the 2016 100 Mentor Match-Up Event
GW Mentor meeting with several students at the 2016 100 Mentor Match-Up Event

Aspiring entrepreneurs need mentors.  Surveys taken by the New Venture Competition semi-finalist teams consistently indicate that mentors provide the most valuable input they receive from any outside source. 

This fall, the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship launched the new online GW Innovation Exchange.  The Innovation Exchange is a campus-wide effort to connect GW student and faculty entrepreneurs with mentors and advisors, who can accelerate their growth and development. 

The platform is powered by PeopleGrove.  It is easy to use, and as a mentor you can specify exactly what kind and how much mentoring you are willing to do.  You can designate yourself as a “flash mentor,” meaning that you are available for single short-duration calls on a spacific topic or you can be an “on-going mentor,” someone whio is interested in a longer-term relationship with a GW startup.  You tell the system what areas you want to advice on and how much time you are willing to devote to the community.

To access the paltform, you must first create a profile.  You can do that here.  You only need to create your profile once, but of course, you can update it as often as you like.

Once you have created your profile, you will then be searchable by GW mentees who are looking for help.  You will receive email messages from them, asking for help, and you can connect with them easily via video, phone, email of face-to-face using the platform.

It the past you have given freely of your time to help GW’s startup community, and I hope you will join us once again as we harness the power of this new online platform to make the GW Innovation Exchange more effective, efficient and fun!


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