Types of Mentors

Mentors are individuals with deep industry, investment, or entrepreneurship experience. They work with the startup companies for free, without expectation of reward or compensation, will share of their knowledge and guidance freely, and will open their networks when appropriate. Mentors can have a direct and profound effect on the success of a company they work with.

Mentoring is a serious commitment. If you have the time and interest, we welcome you. If not, we understand.

Types of Mentorship

Prototype Prime recruits two types of mentors: Prime Mentors and Subject Matter Expert (SME’s).  The difference is time commitment – not ability to help.

Prime Mentors

  • Matched with 1-3 member startups for a 12-month period. Prime Mentor and startup founder(s) agree to formal mentor agreement.
  • Meet with assigned companies at least quarterly.
  • Meet with Prototype Prime staff monthly to review startup progress and request SME mentors as needed.

Subject Matter Expert (SME) Mentors

  • Identify subject matter expertise skill sets & provide LinkedIn profile
  • Host once per month office hours open to startups in the community
  • Available by appointment to member companies with specific technical questions
  • Meet with Prototype Prime staff quarterly to assess mentor utilization