Participate in our new Mentor Match platform!

When you become a mentor, you participate in the education of a student entrepreneur. Interactions can be one-time questions-and-answers or up to a 6 month mentoring relationship. You can always turn down a request for mentoring. Please note that the Mentor Match platform is currently only accepting Penn alumni as mentors.

If you are a Penn alum and are interested in sharing your entrepreneurial expertise with student founders, please email mentormatch@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?

Can I just ask a question?

Yes. Mentees can reach out to Mentors for a one-time question and answer. Go ahead and ask a specific question or for some professional advice.

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 I say no?

Yes. Either a Mentor or a Mentee can turn down a request. You can also end an interaction whenever you need to.

Can a Mentor invest in a Mentee’s startup?

No—not while acting as a Mentor.

Can a Mentor sell to a Mentee?

Again, no—not while acting as a Mentor.

Investing in or selling to a Mentee violates the spirit of disinterested support that this platform was designed to facilitate. If you want to invest or sell, you must do it outside of the mentoring relationship. Get in touch with Wharton Entrepreneurship if you want to pursue this.

Is our conversation confidential?

Yes.

Investing in or selling to a Mentee violates the spirit of disinterested support that this platform was designed to facilitate. If you want to invest or sell, you must do it outside of the mentoring relationship. Get in touch with Wharton Entrepreneurship if you want to pursue this.

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

Investing in or selling to a Mentee violates the spirit of disinterested support that this platform was designed to facilitate. If you want to invest or sell, you must do it outside of the mentoring relationship. Get in touch with Wharton Entrepreneurship if you want to pursue this.