Mentor Magic

Through mentoring, our mentors gain fresh insights and perspectives, the opportunity to become a better leader, contribute to elevating the startup ecosystem, gaining inspiration, motivation, new network and new friends.

  • Are individuals with deep industry or entrepreneurial experience gained within the startup/innovation ecosystem
  • Work with early stage founders and startups without expectation of reward or compensation
  • Willingly share their knowledge and guidance freely, and open their networks when appropriate
  • Commit at least 2 hours per month for mentoring sessions

Our Creed

Be inspiring

Startups are brutal

Be altruistic

Startups are broke

Show empathy

Founders are people too

Be direct

Startups can handle the truth

Be their North Star

Help founders navigate their uncharted journey

Maintain trust

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas

Be responsive

Founders are chasing capital, customers and product market fit – make it easy to find you

Never control

You had your day, and this is theirs

Enlighten them

There are known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns

Be a Share Bear

Share your knowledge, experience and, most importantly, your network

What does success look like for startups?

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Having a seasoned network of mentors that startups can tap for guidance at their point of need will help founders/startups smooth out their journey and improve their chances of a successful outcome. It will provide founders/startups with a confidential channel to share their thoughts and key concerns and receive thoughtful feedback/guidance as needed.

What is in it for the mentors?

An opportunity for them to share their experience and provide guidance to help founders/startups succeed. Earn badges (or NFTs) that they can post to their LinkedIn profiles. Improve their skills in mentoring by participating in formal training or certification programs.

What is a mentor?

A mentor works with you sharing their knowledge, expertise, and guidance in the area that the mentee wants to improve in and learn about. Mentors asks questions to the mentee to help them understand and find a path forward, offering advice when requested.

Mentee

  • A safe and trusted space to focus on their development
  • Confidential support, guidance, and ideas
  • Improved development
  • Increased self-awareness of strengths and areas for improvement
  • Access to experience, learning to fast-track their own approach
  • Improved confidence in dealing with challenges and uncertainty, change, or transition
  • Networking opportunities
  • Gain fresh insights and feedback tailored for your startup

Mentor

  • Gain perspectives and fresh ideas
  • Reverse mentoring
  • Badges for PowerUp certification
  • Learn more about the challenges, purpose, and workload of other teams
  • Opportunity to give back, improved job and personal satisfaction
  • Networking opportunities
  • Altruistic – it’s in their blood
  • Increased stature and reputation at a regional or national level

StartupOS

  • Builds mentoring capabilities and leadership skills
  • Develops leaders at all levels
  • Maximize founders’ potential
  • Benefit from diversity and improve inclusion across the profession
  • Expanded professional networks
  • Increased platform viability
  • Creates a culture of support and enablement
  • Increase likelihood of startup success

Mentorship Timeline

Mentor registers on network

We recommend mentees arrange for their first meeting with their mentor ASAP

Approved by StartupOS

Explore whether you meet membership criteria

Added to mentors page

Your mentor profile includes additional information

Mentor match program

Our platform connects you to ideal mentees

Reverse mentorship

Gain new skills and insights from younger generation of entrepreneurs

Relationship starts

Begin mutually beneficial mentor and mentee relationship

Explore the emergent effect of mentorship networks

Request Invitation

Review our membership criteria to see if you qualify

Get Nominated

Receive a nomination from a member with a link to apply

Membership Committee

Staff prescreens and disqualifies from initial pool of applicants

Approval

If approved, we’ll contact you personally by phone and/or email

Do you qualify?

See if you meet our member criteria.

  • Shared vision
  • Aligned values
  • Full-time tech startup founder
  • No selling
  • Annual commitment
  • Proficient in English
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