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iVenture Expert FAQs


What is expected of me as a mentor?

It is our hope that mentors and startups can work together on an ongoing basis. It is up to both the startup and mentor to determine the frequency of engagement, the amount of time dedicated, and the structure of their conversations. Mentors who agree to work with a startup are expected to:

> Be available and willing to provide mentorship when requested (On average, you can expect to give a minimum of 1-2 hours/month of your time)

> Be willing to introduce the startup to additional contacts and partners who could be helpful

What happens when I become a mentor?

1. Your mentor profile information is posted on iVenture Website

2. Mentor bio/introduction on F6S – available for all teams and program staff to view

3. Lead Coordinator works with you to pair you to teams

4. Engage with team via phone/Skype/or at a mentor event

How can I engage with the iVenture class?

> Virtually through F6S – an online discussion board we use for the accelerator

> Full-time during summer:

  • Meet the Fellows events in Chicago and Champaign during summer.
  • Host a workshop, talk, or office hours at iVenture Space

> Academic Year

  • Workshop or Office Hours at iVenture Space
  • Pygmalion Tech Weekend
  • Share the Vision event
  • Entrepreneurship Forum

How does the iVenture Accelerator prepare teams to work with experts?

iVenture startups are trained to honor your time, approach you with clear asks, provide you with updates as needed, and respect your commitment. We also highly suggest sticking to these 18 Keys to Engaging Mentors and Advisors from the Unreasonable Institute.

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