Lectures and workshops help entrepreneurs begin their endeavors. However, to succeed, they need access to people with real-world experience: people who have "been there, done that". Many startup entrepreneurs find they lack the deep and wide network of relationships in relevant industries necessary for the growth of their business.
Cue our mentor network. We pair strong mentors with high-potential entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are given access to a network of seasoned professionals, with world-wide connections and deep industry knowledge to assist them in their growth. Mentors receive the satisfaction of helping build Maine's entrepreneurial community, while experiencing exposure to fresh talent, technologies, energy, and ideas, as well as opportunities to expand their own business networks during mentor-only events.
The Mentor Network is comprised of experts in fields of interest to Maine's scalable entrepreneurs. Mentors provide support in any of four ways:
• Service as a mentor for companies who are selected for Top Gun, or are MCED MoneyTrack companies;
• As providers of specialized assistance on an as-needed basis;
• By scheduling ocassional office hours, where entrepreneurs can sign up to spend an hour with the mentor; or
• By providing expertise in Pitch labs, Mentor Meet-ups, and occasional office hours.
The Mentor Network also serves its own members by hosting bi-monthly mentor-only networking events.
To be considered for selection as a mentor, fill out the Mentor Profile form and send to MCED along with your resume or LinkedIn information. Your application will be considered by staff and a committee of experienced mentors for inclusion in the Network.
For a taste of what our mentor network provides, please watch our video: