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August 28, 2013

Would You Like To Be An Accelerator Mentor?

I was trying to think of the most efficient way of doing this.  With so many Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and other connections, how do I reach out to them to let them know what I am working on and see if they can help? Then I remembered, I blog ;-)  So no matter how this is reaching you, please have a look.

I have been consumed over these last few months working with some friends here in South Florida on launching a Techstars/Global Accelerator Network modeled startup accelerator.  We are already far down the road on this. Fundraising, location, local community involvement are all moving along really well.  It has been a lot of fun getting the start up juices flowing again in bringing this new venture to reality.  I forgot how exhilarating it is to start something new

The key to this model as you may know though is that it is a “mentor driven” model.  We have signed up lots of local entrepreneurs and business folks from here in South Florida, but we need more. While mentors based in Florida are ideal, they don’t have to be based here. More important is your ability and inclination to help new companies reach success. There are lots of fringe benefits to mentoring. If you are not familiar with it, let me know.

Mentors should “have been there and done that” in terms of starting businesses. They are willing to roll up their sleeves to help these new companies get started. Giving advice, making your own networks available and pitching in with your experience and expertise.  It is not a full time gig, but you might have to give 8 or 9 hours a week to companies you mentor.

If you would like to be involved with this exciting new adventure I am embarking on, reach out to me. I am hesitant to put too much out here before we are ready to launch, but by the time I do that it may be too late for some of you to get involved.

I always pride myself on having a great network of friends and associates.  I would like to see many of you involved in this great new business with me. Let me know if you are interested.


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