Mentor a Student Founder!

When you become a mentor, you participate in the education of a student entrepreneur. Mentoring is offered 3 times during the year – Fall semester, Spring semester, and Summer.

If you are a Penn alum interested in sharing your entrepreneurial or industry expertise with student founders, please email Cathy Ogur at cogur@wharton.upenn.edu.

FAQ

Why should I be a Mentor?

Mentoring gives you the chance to connect with and support aspiring Wharton and Penn student entrepreneurs.

Why should I seek a Mentor?

Mentors are experienced entrepreneurs, industry professionals, technical experts, and investors—all of whom want to help you move your startup to the next level.

How do I get started?

What if I’m looking for a longer engagement?

If a Mentor is willing, Mentors and Mentees can extend the mentoring relationship. The mentoring relationship can last as long as you both find it enjoyable and productive.

What if I’m looking for a longer engagement?

Just ask. If a Mentor is willing, Mentors and Mentees can both commit to a mentoring relationship of at least 6 months. During this time, you’ll be expected to have at least one interaction per month. Of course, you’re welcome to be in touch more often, and the mentoring relationship can last as long as you both find it enjoyable and productive.

Can a Mentor invest in a Mentee’s startup?

No—not while acting as a Mentor.

The mentoring program is designed to provide objective support to the mentee. If you want to invest or sell, you must do it outside of the mentoring relationship. Get in touch with Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship if you are interested in investing in or selling to our student entrepreneurs.

Can a Mentor sell to a Mentee?

No—not while acting as a Mentor.

The mentoring program is designed to provide objective support to the mentee. If you want to invest or sell, you must do it outside of the mentoring relationship. Get in touch with Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship if you are interested in investing in or selling to our student entrepreneurs.

Is our conversation confidential?

Yes.

What are some best practices for a Mentor-Mentee relationship?

  • Set clear goals and expectations
  • Respond in a timely fashion
  • Be prepared for meetings
  • Provide meaningful feedback