"Creating Pathways for Engagement with Drexel Student Entrepreneurs"
The nexus of Drexel’s student startup community is the Laurence A. Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship. Not only does it serve as the startup incubator for Drexel students and recent graduates launching new ventures, but it also offers many experiential opportunities for the Drexel startup community such as competitions designed to test ideas, programming to help accelerate progress, facilitated connections to the regional entrepreneurship ecosystem, and a robust “MentorHub Program” which connects current and future entrepreneurs (Mentees) with a diverse array of dedicated professionals who offer hands-on mentoring and advising.
The MentorHub Program seeks to connect qualified Mentors to students that need valuable personal insights, idea feedback and professional perspectives that are so important to their progress and future success. A Mentor can help accelerate learning, venture progress, and skill development; a Mentor can provide specific advice and guidance; and a Mentor can introduce valuable networking connections. Conversely, becoming a Mentor in our MentorHub Program provides experienced professionals with the ability to give back, to stay connected to innovative ideas, to be part of the university ecosystem, and to grow their own network.
Click here to apply to be a Mentor: https://baiada.startuptree.co/page/mentor-match-program
For students looking for a mentor:
It's easy to sign up to be a part of our MentorHub Program! First, sign up as a member of Start Up Tree at https://baiada.startuptree.co/. Second, click on "People" and then "Mentors" to access a list of potential mentors. Learn more about each mentor by clicking "About". Once you have chosen a Mentor to work with, click "Request Mentor". A Baiada staff member will review your request to ensure that you and the mentor you selected are a good match. Once your Mentor Match has been approved, you will be notified via email with "Next Steps", a link to your new Mentor's Schedule of Availability, their email, and their preferred meeting location (in person, over Skype or Zoom or by phone.) Questions? Email the Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dan McCartan of ADH Do said this of his experience as a Mentee:
"Access to mentors was the most valuable part of my experience at the Baiada Institute; not just for the insightful conversations but also for the ability to leverage the depth of their experience and network connections. For me, personally, the most meaningful outcome was the genuine relationship that formed between me and my mentor. That relationship was more valuable than the knowledge capital I gained."
Our Mentors are alumni and friends of Drexel who volunteer their time and expertise to help our Drexel community and their ventures to grow and succeed. Our Mentors are founders, chairpersons, CEOs, chief technical officers, chief financial officers, directors, and advisors of successful companies.
Below is a sample of just a handful of the Mentors who are available to guide you as part of our MentorHub Program.
Debra is the founder of Communication Matters. A firm that combines her passion for mentoring with her expertise in the field of communications and marketing. Communication Matters helps entrepreneurs, universities and recent graduates succeed by helping them build their communication skills. https://baiada.startuptree.co/people/dmalinics.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSxtRsFHOkQ&feature=youtu.be
Michelle Carfagno is the CEO and Founder of The Greater Knead - a gluten and allergen - free brand that produces their own line of bagels and bagel chips and is a co-packer for other allergen - free businesses. The Greater Knead is a certified women's business enterprise. Michelle actively supports and encourages women in the business world as a mentor and as a leader in the Gluten and Allergen - free manufacturing world. https://baiada.startuptree.co/people/mcarfagno
Anne Cecil has almost 40 years of professional merchandising experience and is an active faculty member in the Design & Merchandising program at the Westphal College of Art and Design. Anne is an expert in customer profiling, visual merchandising, customer relationship management, branding and product development. Anne is also the founder of Roxannelava – a handmade, sustainable shoe company. https://baiada.startuptree.co/people/acecil
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-jYaK1kvdk&feature=youtu.be
Sunny Beth White
Sunny drives the promotion of global brands for pharmaceutical, medical devices, biotech, hospital systems, and healthcare companies with her creative agency, Xavier Creative House (XCH). Philanthropy is core to her business philosophy and built into everything she does with XCH. For more info on requesting Sunny as a Mentor, email Melissa Tevere at email@example.com.
A Drexel Alum, Bradley was the first sales hire and third employee at Zagster, where he worked for eight years. Recently, he has embarked on a new venture with startup, Vino Vest, where he works with investors of all sizes, advising them on alternative wine investments. https://baiada.startuptree.co/people/bericson