The Telluride community has a depth of world-class entrepreneurial talent in its midsts, from full-time residents to second home owners and frequent visitors. They include founders of billion-dollar companies, board members of public companies, and experts in many industry sectors including the TVA focus areas.
Every mentor brings an invaluable perspective on starting and growing a business, plus an extensive professional network. Above all, they are committed to the TVA companies, generously giving their time and leveraging their experience for your success. For a full list of current TVA mentors, click here.
The Telluride Venture Accelerator invites entrepreneurs and subject matter experts each year to serve as entrepreneurs-in-residence. The main benefit to our participants is that they serve as mentors – providing workshops and intensive one-on-one consulting both during their focused visits on location and through ongoing sustained relationships. If you are interested in being an EIR or mentor – please contact us!
Why Mentors Mentor
- Someone, at some point in their career, mentored them.
- They’re looking for investment opportunity.
- It’s fun & rewarding. They know a lot about the space / starting a company and it’s fun to help another company succeed.
- They want to invest time in improving their entrepreneurial community/make their town/region an entrepreneurial hub.
- The networking component. They want to meet other interesting, smart people.
- They’re looking for their next gig.
Important Considerations When Choosing To Mentor Startups
- Time commitment
- Conflicts of interest
- Policies and procedures
- Mentoring best practices and experiences
- Mentor Policy
Opportunities for mentor engagement
- Recruitment of companies
- In the selection process
- One-off meetings
- Ongoing assistance
- Advisory Boards
- How does TVA maintain mentor interest
- Understanding mentor interests and time availability
- Providing orientation and opportunities to engage with other mentors in
- Workshops, panels and mentor shortchats
Types of Mentors
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