Teton Entrpreneurs and Mentors Service (TEAMS)
Silicon Couloir's TEAMS, based on the MIT VMS model, connects experienced entrepreneurs and high-level executives with non-tourism oriented business owners and entrepreneurs. The program aims to align entrepreneurship with community vision. We believe that structured, unbiased, ongoing, and direct personal support of local business owners is key to their long-term success.
The Silicon Couloir team attended immersive training with MIT VMS at the end of September. All were impressed with the high-caliber method presented, which has been refined with years of practice.
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.
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 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.
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