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The Mentor Hub Program

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"Creating Pathways for Engagement with Drexel Student Entrepreneurs" 

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. 

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:

Who are our Mentors?

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.  

You can expect the following from all of our available, handpicked Mentors: 


  • Extensive experience relevant to startups.

  • Enthusiasm for the Close School of Entrepreneurship program.

  • Active listening skills.

  • The ability to communicate meaningful advice.

  • A good model for young/early-stage entrepreneurs.

  • No personal agenda.

What can a Mentor do for you?

It's easy to sign up to be a part of our MentorHub Program and find your mentor match! 

  1. If you are not already on the platform, you must sign up as a member of Start Up Tree at 

  2. Click on "People" and then "Mentors" to access a list of potential mentors. Learn more about each mentor by clicking "About".

  3. Once you have chosen a Mentor to work with, click "Request Mentor". 

  4. A Baiada staff member will review your request to ensure that you and the mentor you selected are a good match.

  5. Once your Mentor Match has been approved, you will be notified via email with a "Next Steps" list.

Mentee Reviews 

"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." - Dan McCartan of ADH Do


Debra Malinics

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.

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Michelle Carfagno

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.

Anne Cecil

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.

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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

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Bradley Ericson

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.

What Mentorship Opportunities Are Available?

The current mentorship levels, from the most to the least amount of time commitment are:

  • ​Classroom Guest Speaker: â€‹Mentors act as Guest Lecturers or as Class Assistants, providing in-depth training or lessons on specific topics. These are ad-hoc opportunities.
  • Competition Judge: Mentors serve as judges at student competitions throughout the year, providing competitors with valuable feedback.
  • Event Speaker/Panelist: Mentors present to larger audiences at special events, such as festivals and competitions.
  • Matched Mentor: A Mentor is specifically matched with one or more Mentees for a 6 month to one year commitment after an initial one-on-one meeting. Meetings can be in-person, over the phone, or virtual. 
  • Entrepreneur in Residence: A specialized, in-house, role with a longer-term commitment. These are typically paid positions that are funded by donors.

How to Become a Mentor in the MentorHub Program

Getting in our database (we use a platform called StartupTree) is the first step as it allows us to more easily find you based on skills and interest.  

You've Been Approved! What Now

  • When you are approved to be a Mentor, we will classify you as a Mentor in the StartupTree platform and tag you according to your preferred level (e.g., judge, speaker, matched mentor, etc.) of mentorship. 
  • Periodically, we will email you with a list of opportunities at upcoming competitions, special events, class talks, etc. Please always feel free to reach out regarding participating in any event or opportunity.
  • If at any time you would like to change your classification or wish to be removed from our Mentor database, you may contact Baiada staff.
  • Filling out your Mentor Profile on StartupTree.