What is the NYU Alumni Mentorship Program?
The NYU-Poly Mentorship Program introduces NYU alumni, entrepreneurs, domain experts, and investors to startups from the NYU-Poly Incubators. The three NYU-Poly Incubators—ACRE and Varick, located in SoHo (137 Varick St., 2nd Floor, 10013), and DUMBO, located just down the street from the NYU-Poly campus in Brooklyn (20 Jay St., Suite 312, 11201) —are home to more than 60 startups, many founded by students, faculty, and alumni.
Who are the Mentees?
The mentees are startup companies from the NYU-Poly Incubators. These companies are working on building technology products that solve specific problems in many industries, including mobile applications, wireless telecommunication, digital media, enterprise software, energy monitoring, cleantech, and healthcare IT applications. Companies are one to ten people in size and range in funding from pre-seed to venture-backed.
Who are the Mentors?
Mentors may be NYU alumni, entrepreneurs, domain experts, or investors who have a desire to share their experience, knowledge, and network in specific industries, technologies, and markets. In the past, mentors have provided guidance in diverse areas including management, technology and product development, business development, strategy, marketing and branding. The ideal mentor collaborates well with small teams and can offer the company guidance on process in addition to industry knowledge.
What are the benefits?
The mentorship experience is an opportunity to strengthen the startup ecosystem within NYU by increasing collaboration and building relationships. In addition to helping NYU, mentorship grows the New York City economy by helping startups become successful businesses.
Grow Your Network
Becoming a mentor gives you the opportunity to interact with over 60 startup teams of talented founders, serial entrepreneurs, designers and developers working on a diverse range of products and technologies. Additionally, mentors interact with external entrepreneurs, consultants, angel investors and venture capital firms through events held at the NYU-Poly Incubator.
Learn and Experience
NYU-Poly Incubator companies are building new products and technologies to solve problems new and old industries. By joining the program, mentors get a firsthand look at some of the newest technologies coming out of the New York startup ecosystem.
What is the Structure of the Program?
The program is structured around the needs of each company with interaction schedule and breadth tailored to the particular needs outlined by the startups and the schedule of the mentor. The incubator will facilitate the mentor-company relationship but the relationship and goals are driven by the startup.
How to Join
Please fill out the simple application. The Incubator management team will reach out to you to learn more about your background and provide information regarding our companies, current needs, and opportunities for involvement. From there you can provide us the names of specific companies you would like to be introduced to. In similar fashion, companies can ask for introductions to you.
We look forward to meeting you!
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1. Startup Mentoring, The Socratic Way – Fred Destin
2. Mentoring the mentors: Advice and inspiration for startup mentors – Rick Turoczy
3. 8 Rules to Being a Good Techstars Mentor – Micah Baldwin
4. How I Try To Mentor Startups – Ben Yoskovitz
5. 10 Keys to Real Entrepreneur Mentoring Satisfaction