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GWERT Mentors is an opportunity for GW student and faculty entrepreneurs to connect with experienced volunteer mentors for guidance and continuous mentoring. Student and faculty entrepreneurs often do not have previous business experience but are a source of many of the most innovative startups. In order to help overcome this initial experiential gap, GWERT Mentors provides a structured matchmaking and monitoring process to bring together experienced startup professionals with GW startups. The long-term focus is on educating and nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs. Mentors are drawn from partner organizations like the GW Business Plan Competition, Founder Corps, EO DC, Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), and Executive Leaders Radio to foster the development of select GW-affiliated startups. All participation is free, but by application only.
GWERT Mentors is an initiative of the George Washington University Entrepreneurs Round Table (GWERT). GWERT is an alumni group founded to promote entrepreneurial activity among GW faculty, alumni, and students. The group has sponsored a wide range of activities, including the Annual Distinguished Entrepreneurial Achievement Award. It is led by alumni Tejbir Phool (MSEE, SEAS, ’04), Peter Weissman (JD, GW Law School, ’96), and David Moore (MBA, GWSB, '80). The group has also provided the director of the program, Dr. Randy Graves (DSc, SEAS, '78).
A strict code of ethics outlines the parameters of participation in the program for both mentors and mentees. Since in-person mentorship is encouraged, participation is limited to the greater DC area.
How It Works
Startups with at least one GW student or faculty member as a founder, principal, executive, or officer are eligible to apply for mentorship. Only startups that have demonstrated a solid business concept and commitment to move forward will be accepted.
GWERT Mentors are accomplished entrepreneurs and business/legal/technical professional who are volunteering their time without compensation. The mentors work on teams to provide impartial third party advice in their areas of relevant expertise and have agreed to abide by the GWERT Mentors Code of Conduct on the Forms page of this website. GWERT Mentors holds regular events where startups accepted into the program pitch their concept to the mentors.
More information is available online at the program's site: www.gwertmentors.org.