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.
Georgia Tech Venture Lab
Co-Founder Black Airplane
Partner with upStart Venture Partners
Black Airplane Co-Founder
Founder & CEO of Power 10 Capital Campaigns
President of My Friend's Nephew
Former Chairman of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners
County Manger, Cherokee County
President of NeoMed, Inc.
Chairman & CEO of Alma Coffee Roasters, LLC.
X-Factor Consulting Founder
Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development
Cherokee County Administrative Services Agency Director
Retired Georgia Nursing Home Administrator
Founder & CEO of Knnktor
Associate Attorney at Morris Manning & Martin, LLP
Broker with Skyline Properties Group
President of Hydro-Chem
Dyer & Rusbridge, P.C. - Attorney at Law
Command Staff Chaplain - United States Army Reserve