mentoring session

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

— Winston Churchill

These tabs are for information and training. Each mentor in our system will need to agree to the Mentor Code of Conduct and meet the mentoring prerequisites. When you are finished with your prerequisites, update your user profile at and answer yes in the program compliance fields.

Because mentoring plays such a vital role in the success of the students and their ventures, we engage mentors by invitation only. We have certain prerequisites that are essential to the success of these relationships, and mentors must abide by them.


  1. Read Innovators Method by Nathan Furr and Jeff Dyer or Nail It then Scale It by Nathan Furr and Paul Ahlstrom. Be familiar with the customer–centric approach found in Business Model Canvas by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur. These books can be checked out from the CET library.
  2. Read and accept the Mentor Code of Conduct.
  3. Be successful in a venture of your own for several years or have experience launching new ventures within an organization.
  4. Schedule and be willing to donate one hour a week when called upon.
  5. Confidentiality must be maintained. Students are concerned about idea theft.
  6. Be direct without offending and coach without criticizing.
  7. Remember that these are students, and they do not have the life experience that you do.
  8. Sign up according to the steps on your Venture Mentoring Services invitation email.

If you have the time, expertise, and desire to help the next generation of business leaders, please contact one of our mentors and have them recommend you. You may also email the Rollins Center and ask to speak to someone on our Venture Mentoring Services staff.

Advisement Mentoring

Advisement mentoring is usually a short-term relationship. Students must have their ideas articulated in a brief written summary answering prerequisite questions and accept the Student Code of Conduct. Only after students have completed their prerequisites may they use to find the mentor that might best advise them on the next steps for the idea.

Team Mentoring

  • Is available to student teams (advisement mentoring may have already occurred)
  • Encourages teams to focus on business model validation and developing a scalable plan
  • Helps teams compete in collegiate events
  • Can be useful for products already in the marketplace
  • Consists of the Rollins Center matching appropriate mentors with student teams

The length and frequency of mentoring meetings will be determined by the mentors and student teams. The goal is to prepare students to successfully launch a venture. Students must complete prerequisites (see Step 2).