Carnegie Mellon University

The more you give, the more you get

Mentoring is a critical success factor in helping first-time entrepreneurs achieve success. Having a successful entrepreneur as a mentor helps the first-time entrepreneur focus on the highest priorities and avoid common mistakes. The industry connection that the mentor brings to the table can be transformational. Not to mention, the perks are plentiful:

Feel good about giving back

Enjoy personal satisfaction knowing you've contributed to the development of the next generation of entrepreneurs. Plus, learn how to improve your own discipline with new ideas and approaches.

Mentoring opportunities

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Get first dibs

Many mentors are also investors. Because they are part of the startup process, mentors have early access to seed rounds and initial investment.

Perks of investing

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Sharpen your skills

By identifying mentee strengths and weaknesses, reviewing business models and discovering areas for growth, mentors improve their own personal development and industry awareness.

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Mentoring Opportunities

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Become an Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Leverage your network, expertise and lead the next generation of successful entrepreneurs.

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McGinnis Venture Competition Coaching/Judging

Provide invaluable feedback to competitors about their pitches, presentation and ideas.

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Office Hours Mentoring

Lend your expertise at the Swartz Center with focused, one-on-one sessions with aspiring entrepreneurs.

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VentureBridge Mentoring

Help student teams transition their concepts at the university into successful startups.

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Swartz Center Mentors

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Arjun Aggarwal
New Enterprise Associates
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Hahna Alexander
SolePower, LLC
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Sean Ammirati
Birchmere Ventures
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Phil Anderson
NoWait
Ben Babcock
Walmart
Laurie Barkman
Laurie Barkman
Topanga Partners, LP
Nick Bartel
Nick Bartel
Idelic
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Matthew Bauch
Tunessence
Joe Belechak
Davies Consulting LLC
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Jim Berardone
OnlyBoth Inc.
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Jill Berardi
BerardiGroup, LLC
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Doug Bernstein
Peca Labs
Carlos Bhola
Carlos Bhola
Celsius Capital
Daniel Bishop
Daniel Bishop
Qualaris Healthcrae Solutions
Eric Boduch
Eric Boduch
Pendo.io
Nik Bonaddio
Nik Bonaddio
numberFire
Ryan Bove
Ryan Bove
Aurochs Brewing
Peter Boyce
Peter Boyce
General Catalyst Partners
Rough Draft Ventures
Chuck Brandt
Chuck Brandt
Innovation Works
John Brendel
John S. Brendel
Cohen & Grigsby
Wade Brogdan
Wade Brogdan
Skylark Partners, Ltd.
Jason Cahill
Jason Cahill
Traansmission

Rick Cancelliere
Rick Cancelliere

Treatspace

Mike Capsambelis
Mike Capsambelis
Google
Brendan Carroll
Brendan Carroll
Skycision
Sam Cates
Sam Cates
GE Ventures
Rodrigo Carvalho
Rodrigo Carvalho
Flying Manta; BlackLocus
Cindy Chepanoske
Cindy Chepanoske
Carnegie Mellon University
Steve Cherin
Steve Cherin
Cherin Law Offices, P.C.
Jim Chrise
Jim Chrise
Chemicals and Polymers Industry
Eric Close
Eric Close
TrueLearn
Susanne Cole
Susanne Cole
Pressley Ridge
Kelly Collier
Kelly Collier
ActivAided Orthotics
Phil Compton
Phil Compton
Malcovery Security
Steve Cotter
Steve Cotter
Collected
Liz Crawford
Liz Crawford
Genacast Ventures
Doug Cunningham
Doug Cunningham
Uppercase HR
Marta Dalton
Marta Dalton
Coca Cola
Stephanie Dangel
Stephanie Dangel
University of Pittsburgh Law School
Frank Demmler
Frank Demmler
Innovation Works
Ketaki Desai
Ketaki Desai
eCenter@LindenPointe
Kan Devnani
Kan Devnani
Comtex News Network
Glen de Vries
Glen de Vries
Medidata Solutions
Aditya Dhere
Aditya Dhere
Naturi
Ilana Diamond
Ilana Diamond
AlphaLab Gear
George Dickos
George Dickos
K&L Gates
John Dieser
John Dieser
Carbon Freight
Bob DiMaggio
Bob DiMaggio
Othot
Michael Donahue
What's App
Chip Dougherty
Chip Dougherty
Beck & Thomas, P.C.
Randy Eager
Randy Eager
Breezie
Uriel Eisen
Uriel Eisen
Rorus Inc.
Jeff Ellington
Jeff Ellington
Dorm Room Fund
Tom Emerson
Tom Emerson
Carnegie Mellon University
Phil Estep
Phil Estep
BMC Software
Alysia Finger
Alysia Finger
AE Dreams
Brian Finneran
Brian Finneran
Finneran Association
Bill Flanagan
Bill Flanagan
Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Steve Fleck
Steve Fleck
Careform
Matt Fleckenstein
Matt Fleckenstein
Amplero
Tim Fletcher
Tim Fletcher
OneBusinessDesign, LLC.
Brian Frezza
Brian Frezza
Emerald Therapeutics Inc.
Eduardo Frias
Eduardo Frias
Beachbody
Frank Fucile
Frank Fucile
STERIS Corporation
Alberto Gandini
Alberto Gandini
Accel Diagnostics
Ben Garber
Ben Garber
Grouse Ridge Capital, LLC
Sanna Gaspard
Sanna Gaspard
Rubitection Inc.
Chris Gassman
Chris Gassman
Boutique Firm
Michael Gersh
Michael Gersh
Pixidio Inc.
Wavetown Advisors
Robert Gimson
Robert Gimson
Goldman Sachs
Ben Gorman
Ben Gorman
F-Prime Capital Partners
Dayna Grayson
Dayna Grayson
New Enterprise Associates
Mary Beth Green
Mary Beth Green
Univeristy of Pittsburgh
Oded Green
Oded Green
K&L Gates
Karin Gregory
Karin Gregory
SDLC Partners, L.P.
Stefano Gridelli
Stefano Gridelli
NetBeez
Matt Grover
Matt Grover
Walmart
Elora Gupta
Elora Gupta
Drug and Device Advisory Group
Carissa Habsburg
Carissa Habsburg
Sisterson & Co. LLP
Eleanor Haglund
Eleanor Haglund
PharmBlue LLC
Jacob Hanchar
Jacob Hanchar
Digital Dream Labs
Drew Hannah
Drew Hannah
Drew Partners, LLC
Mustafa Harcar
Mustafa Harcar
Walmart
Brad Harkavy
Brad Harkavy
Live Data, Inc.
Rebecca Harris
Rebecca Harris

Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship

Dave Hart
Dave Hart
HC Capital
Ramsay Hartley
Ramsay Hartley

Arrow Electronics

Arjun Hattiangadi
Arjun Hattiangadi

UPMC Enterprises

LeeAnne Haworth
LeeAnne Haworth

U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Commercial Service

Thomas Healy
Thomas Healy

Hyliion

David Hersh
David Hersh

RingCentral
PlantEaters

Enes Hosgor
Enes Hosgor
EEMe
Matt Humphrey
Matt Humphrey
LendingHome Corporation
Lila Ibrahim
Lila Ibrahim
Coursera
Kevin Israel
Kevin Israel
Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, LLP
Vanessa Jameson
Vanessa Jameson
Covey LLC
Jim Jen
Jim Jen
AlphaLab
Will Kaigler
Will Kaigler
NewCare Solutions
Bryan Kaplan
Bryan Kaplan
Intermedix
Raj Kapoor
Raj Kapoor
Cofounder.co
Adam Kelson
Adam Kelson
Saul Ewing, LLP
Afshan Khan
Afshan Khan
Innovation Works
Kariithi Kilemi
Kariithi Kilemi
Hewlett-Packard
Peter Kinney
Peter Kinney
Digital Dream Labs, LLC
Carlos Kirk
Carlos Kirk
Walmart
Eric Kline
Eric Kline
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Kipp Krukowski
Kipp Krukowski
Equipment Appraisal Services
Sarosh Kumana
Sarosh Kumana
Pacific Investment Properties
Manu Kumar
Manu Kumar
K9 Ventures
Cynthia Kuo
Cynthia Kuo
Vibrado
Harper LaFave
Harper LaFave
Trance
Larry Lebowitz
Larry Lebowitz
Cohen & Grigsby
David Lehman
David Lehman
K&L Gates
Joe Lipple
Joe Lipple
Amazon
Dave Lishego
Dave Lishego
Innovation Works
Riverfront Ventures
Rich Loevlie
Rich Loevlie
PNC
Sara Longo
Sara Longo
Airviz
Anthony LoRubbio
Anthony LoRubbio
Faber Distilling Co.
Rich Lunak
Rich Lunak
Innovation Works
Will Lutz
Will Lutz
ForceOwl
Daniel Lynch
Daniel Lynch
The Lynch Law Group, LLC
Zach Malone
Zach Malone
Draper Triangle Ventures
Kartik Mandaville
Kartik Mandaville
SpringRole
Tom Marchok
Tom Marchok
Cisco
Craig Markovitz
Craig Markovitz
Carnegie Mellon University Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship
Alireza Masrour
Alireza Masrour
Plug and Play Tech Center
Steve Martocci
Steve Martocci
Splice
Mike Matesic
Mike Matesic
Idea Foundry, Inc.
Tom Matta
Tom Matta
eShares, Inc.
Dave Mawhinney
Dave Mawhinney
Carnegie Mellon University Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship
Cathy McCollom
Cathy McCollom
River Town Program
Jeffrey McDaniel
Jeffrey McDaniel
Innovation Works
Alicia McGinnis
Alicia McGinnis
Audrey’s Kitchen
Jerry McGinnis
Jerry McGinnis
Founder of Respironics
Nathaniel McNamara
Nathaniel McNamara
Morsel
Tim McNulty
Tim McNulty
Carnegie Mellon University
Todd Medema
Todd Medema
FrabricateIO
Prahlad Menon
Prahlad Menon
QuantMD, LLC
Kevin Miller
Kevin Miller
LegalSifter
Larry Miller
Larry Miller
Innovation Works
Chris Moehle
Chris Moehle
The Robotics Hub
Patrick Morand
Patrick Morand
SWMF Life Science Fund GP, LLC
Don Morrison
Don Morrison

Blue Tree Allied Angels
Rida Moustafa
Rida Moustafa
Walmart
Jonathan Mow
Jonathan Mow
PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals
John Moyer
John Moyer
The Founders Corner, LP
Stephan Mueller
Stephan Mueller
Thrill Mill, Inc.
Nicole Muise-Kielkucki
Nicole Muise-Kielkucki
Idea Foundry
Lauren Murray
Lauren Murray
K&L Gates
Steven Murray
Steven Murray
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Commercial Service
Robb Myer
Robb Myer
Carnegie Mellon University Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship
Kit Needham
Kit Needham
Carnegie Mellon University Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship
Project Olympus
David Oberdick
David Oberdick
Meyer Unkovic & Scott
Des O’Connor
Des O’Connor
Innovation Works
Bill O'Donnell
Bill O'Donnell
Blad LLC
Ron O’Kelley
Atlantic Coast Venture Investments, Inc.
Luke Panza
Luke Panza
Sequoia Waste Solutions
Peter Papagianakis
Business Law Firm LLC
Adam Paulisick
Adam Paulisick
Commerce Signals
Carolyn Pengidore
Carolyn Pengidore
ClearChoice Energy
Peter Pezaris
Peter Pezaris
RingCentral
Glenn Philen
Glenn Philen
Carbon Freight
Miguel Pinilla
Miguel Pinilla
KION GROUP AG
Mel Pirchesky
Eagle Ventures
Lynne Porter MD
Porter Consulting, LLC
Ari Rabban
Ari Rabban
Phone.com
Bharanidharan Rajakumar
Bharanidharan Rajakumar
LearnBop
Chris Ramirez
Chris Ramirez
Jet.com
Brett Randall
Brett Randall
Columbia Northwest, Inc.
Prashant Reddy
Prashant Reddy
Google Nest Labs
Bill Richardson
Bill Richardson
Sisterson & Co. LLP
Chris Rigatti
Chris Rigatti
Aquion Energy
Monica Robinson
Monica Robinson
Microsoft
Skylar Roebuck
Skylar Roebuck
Rocket Wagon
Matt Rogers
Matt Rogers
Nest Labs
Arden Rosenblatt
Arden Rosenblatt
PieceMaker Technologies Inc.
Patti Rote
Patti Rote
Girls of Steel
Jim Ruiz
Jim Ruiz
CDL Warrior
Benjamin Running
Benjamin Running
Jet.com
Sean Ruppert
Sean Ruppert
Kraemer, Manes & Associates LLC.
Justin Sabo
Justin Sabo
Digital Dream Labs
Mehdi Samadi
Mehdi Samadi
Solvvy, Inc.
Paul Sandberg
Paul Sandberg
PHRQL
Raji Sankar
Wholesome International
Kyle Schlotman
Kyle Schlotman
Connetic Ventures
Sean Sebastian
Sean Sebastian
Birchmere Ventures
Bill Seibel
Bill Seibel
Totality Consulting Partners
John Seiffer
John Seiffer
Boot Camp
Justin Shaka
Justin Shaka
REBIScan, Inc.
Adam Simone
Adam Simone
Leaf Shave
Alejandro Sklar
Alejandro Sklar
PieceMaker Technologies
Jessica Slean
Jessica Slean
KPMG LLP
Bruce Smith
Bruce E. G. Smith
Achieving Sales Results, LLC
Mike Smocer
Mike Smocer
ANSYS, Inc.
Michael Smolens
Michael Smolens
dotSUB
Boris Sofman
Boris Sofman
Anki, Inc.
Joe Soriano
Joe Soriano
EpiVision LLC
Alexander Soto
Alexander Soto
Clever, Inc.
Ryan Splenda
Ryan Splenda
Carnegie Mellon University
Matt Stanton
Matt Stanton
SolePower, LLC
John Starr
John Starr
SAP
Laura Stentz
Laura Stentz
Peter Stern
Peter Stern
Matt Stewart
Matt Stewart
Digital Dream Labs, LLC
Deborah Stine
Deborah Stine
Carnegie Mellon University
Mike Stuart
Mike Stuart
CBRE
Mike Stubler
Mike Stubler
Draper Triangle Ventures
Matt Swanson
Matt Swanson
Silicon Valley Software Group
Scott Sykora
Scott Sykora
Pixite LLC
Sola Talabi
Sola Talabi
Greenovation
Hanns Tappeiner
Hanns Tappeiner
Anki, Inc.
Suzy Teele
Suzy Teele
Aceda
Ashton Thomas
Ashton Thomas
Acrinta
Henry Thorne
Henry Thorne
4moms
Noah Tovares
Noah Tovares
Zenrez
Adam Towvim
Adam Towvim
Chameleon Collective
Niko Triulzi
Niko Triulzi
AE Dream
Srinath Vaddepally
Srinath Vaddepally
Rist Call
Mark Vanderhelm
Mark Vanderhelm
Walmart
Tanmay Varma
Tanmay Varma
Cowork Labs
Eric Vishria
Eric Vishria
Benchmark
Jayon Wang
Jayon Wang
Lumina Decision Systems
Larry Weidman
Larry Weidman
Innovation Works
Spencer Whitman
Spencer Whitman
Rent Jungle at the Rainmaker Group
Jennifer Wilhelm
Jennifer Wilhelm
Urban Redevelopment Authority
Courtney Williamson
Courtney Williamson
AbiliLife
Mary Beth Wilson
Mary Beth Wilson
Innovesca
Aaron Wise
Accelerated Informatics
Eric Wise
Eric Wise
BreatheWise, LLC
James Wolfe
James Wolfe
Qualaris Health Care Solutions
Sue Xu
Sue Xu
Amino Capital
Chad Zimmerman
Chad Zimmerman
STACK
Monte Zweben
Monte Zweben
Splice Machine