Talented, young entrepreneurs are full of promise, but they’re untested. Until they’ve been seasoned by experience, they’re not fully equipped to meet the challenges and risks of a global marketplace, whether it’s fast-paced technological change, low-cost overseas competitors or complex financing structures.
That's where mentoring comes in.
Venture mentoring services at other universities have proven that it really works to develop tomorrow's entrepreneurial leaders when mentors offer honest feedback, professional networks and expert knowledge, it really works to develop tomorrow's entrepreneurial leaders.
In the mentoring relationship, local senior-level business advisors with influence and experience commit their time, willingness to offer emotional support and intellectual firepower to protégés. They can motivate new startup founders during hard times, identify target markets and steer fledgling founder through risk-taking and failure. They’re role models who can help smooth the path forward with constructive criticism, realistic assessments and advocacy.
The NYU Stern Venture Mentoring Network provides this support, building a pool of volunteers drawing heavily on a network of recognized leaders in entrepreneurship, technology innovation, law, marketing and finance. Veterans will share their skills and experience, enhancing our students’ education and strengthening NYU’s role in making an impact on society while creating jobs.