NAV Mentors

 

 

Why be a NAV Mentor?

North Atlanta Venture Mentoring Service (NAV) is principled and trained off of the MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS). The program consists of volunteer mentors, who are overseen and supported in their mentoring role by the NAV team. Mentors are selected for their experience and expertise across a multitude of areas regarding business formation, operations, scaling and for their enthusiasm for this groundbreaking program – the first of its kind in Georgia. A mentor can be an expert in any field or industry whether it be a startup founder, C-level executives, retired executives, serial entrepreneurs, or experienced investors. This wide range of experience brings a unique wealth of knowledge and contacts across a broad range of markets and industries. Relationships between mentors and entrepreneurs are formed based on the needs of the entrepreneur and the interest and expertise of our mentors.   

Our Mentors are motivated and committed to giving back by sharing their knowledge, expertise, and guidance to the next generation of entrepreneurs through this program. They participate in part because of the prestigious reputation attached to MIT’s history of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Our mentors are trained by current MIT Venture Mentoring Service mentors to carry out their duties in guiding a venture through the rocky waters of entrepreneurship. Our mentors have joined the NAV team in our mission to make both North Atlanta and Cherokee County the #1 place in the state to start and grow your business.

How can I become a mentor?

NAV encourages professionals who are exceptional in their field and want to give back to the next generation of entrepreneurs to apply as a mentor. Those interested in becoming a mentor can follow the “Become A Mentor” button above and complete the application. Mentor applications are reviewed monthly. The NAV team will reach out to schedule an interview after the monthly application review period is over.

I'm a Mentor. Now What?

In regards to time commitment, our mentors can expect to spend 1-2 days (aggregate) with the program per month. One major part of the program is the monthly mentor meeting with the NAV team and their fellow mentors to share updates, best practices, and challenges. This monthly mentor meeting is also where new ventures will pitch their companies and mentors can express interest in getting on that mentoring team. The other half of the time commitment is the monthly mentoring session with the venture. This is based on the needs of the venture at that specific time period. The venture will turn in an agenda to the NAV team and we will contact you to set up a meeting at a time that is convenient for both the venture and the mentors.

Our mentors and entrepreneurs adhere to a strict code of ethics and guiding principles in order to protect participants on both sides of the table. These guidelines assure that all ventures will receive impartial and unbiased advice from their team of mentors.

NAV Mentors

Colin Ake

Colin Ake

Georgia Tech Venture Lab

Michael Caldwell

Michael Caldwell

Co-Founder Black Airplane

Pat Comeaux

Pat Comeaux

Retired

Charles Igwilo

Charles Igwilo

Partner with upStart Venture Partners

David Leggett

David Leggett

Black Airplane Co-Founder

Sean Mikula

Sean Mikula

Founder & CEO of Power 10 Capital Campaigns

Chad Thrasher

Chad Thrasher

President of My Friend's Nephew

Buzz Ahrens

Buzz Ahrens

Former Chairman of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners

Mark Caldwell

Mark Caldwell

Retired Entrepreneur

Jerry Cooper

Jerry Cooper

County Manger, Cherokee County

Aaron Ingram

Aaron Ingram

President of NeoMed, Inc.

Al Lopez

Al Lopez

Chairman & CEO of Alma Coffee Roasters, LLC.

Kevin Monroe

Kevin Monroe

X-Factor Consulting Founder

Greg Torre

Greg Torre

Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development

Stacey Williams

Stacey Williams

Cherokee County Administrative Services Agency Director

Barbara Baxter

Barbara Baxter

Retired Georgia Nursing Home Administrator

Maduka Chidebelu-Eze

Maduka Chidebelu-Eze

Founder & CEO of Knnktor

Elliot Franklin

Elliot Franklin

Associate Attorney at Morris Manning & Martin, LLP

DD Lee

DD Lee

Broker with Skyline Properties Group

Odessa Mann

Odessa Mann

President of Hydro-Chem

Jeff Rusbridge

Jeff Rusbridge

Dyer & Rusbridge, P.C. - Attorney at Law

Rob Wilkerson

Rob Wilkerson

Command Staff Chaplain - United States Army Reserve

 “Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor. “  – Denzel Washington.