Silicon Couloir Pilots World-Class Mentoring Service for Entrepreneurs
Jackson, WY- Silicon Couloir is proud to report a successful start to the Teton Entrepreneurs and Mentors Service (TEAMS) pilot program. After many months of thoughtful planning and preparing best practices to create a world-class venture mentoring program, the TEAMS pilot program got off the ground in early May with fruitful mentoring sessions.
Last September, four Silicon Couloir board members and two staff members attended the MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) Immersion Training in Cambridge, MA. The three- day training provided a detailed blueprint of MIT’s highly successful venture mentoring services. The Silicon Couloir TEAMS is the 77th “sister” mentoring program inspired and trained by MIT VMS.
Throughout the winter, Silicon Couloir recruited and trained 20 highly qualified community members to serve as mentors. Mentors come to TEAMS with impressive backgrounds in a range from fields such as finance, operations, marketing, and law. Many have notable mentoring experience as well. According to Jenn Ford, Silicon Couloir’s Executive Director, ”We are so fortunate to have a wealth of talent in the Teton region to draw from for TEAMS mentors. Not only do our mentors have remarkable experience, insight and skills, but they are enthusiastically volunteering time to help entrepreneurs and give back to the community.”
Six local ventures, all in the revenue stage of development, were selected to participate in the six-month pilot program. TEAMS pilot ventures consist of: Arm’s Reach Industries, Buddy Pegs Media, Extherid Biosciences, Franco Snowshapes, Give’r and Pirate Ship. Each venture has been assigned a team of four mentors suited to the company’s mission, vision and goals. The team mentoring structure provides the venture with a range of perspectives and insights, resulting in dynamic, multi-faceted mentoring sessions. To ensure efficient, focused and progressive mentoring sessions, ventures provide agendas and complete recommended next-steps between sessions.
"The first mentoring session sparked a sense of confidence and drive in our team which was fueled by the genuine inquisitiveness, support, enthusiasm and energy from our crew of all-star mentors. The outpouring of knowledge paired with kindness and was more powerful than we imagined. We are truly grateful to be a part of this program and members of such a giving and caring community, “ reports Bubba Albretch of TEAMS venture Give’r.
The pilot will run through October, at which point the mentoring program will be reviewed and honed in preparation for an expanded Silicon Couloir TEAMS program in early 2019.