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Mentors

The importance of mentors

Mentors are at the core of the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur programs.  The I-Corps™ Mentor Network embodies the public-private partnership at the heart of the NSF Innovation Corps. Through the Network, I-Corps™ Teams have access to a broad range of commercialization expertise as well as potential sources for business relationships and partnerships.

Mentoring with IGE

The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur invites experienced entrepreneurs and industry leaders to join us in our mission to educate, train and mentor high potential engineering and technology leaders. Our mentors find it a personally rewarding to give back and share their knowledge and insights with the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.

Interest in becoming a mentor?

 

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Marie Christensen at mej@eng.ucsd.edu or see our FAQs

Role of Mentor

NSFI-Corps™  and Accelerator Mentors

The NSF I-Corps™, Global Training, and Accelerator mentors are typically individuals who are entrepreneurs, industry experts  and/or have experience transitioning technology from research to market.  Their role is essential in guiding and advising the teams as they determine their market value proposition as well as assisting with industry introductions.

The IGE NSF I-Corps™ mentor also provides feedback and updates to the I-Corps program director on teams’ progress and program assessment. The IGE I-Corps™ mentors are expected to work with their teams at least 5 hours a week (including class time) as they provide meaningful guidance.  The IGE NSF I-Corps™ mentor is not compensated, but often enough, there are opportunities in other internal programs where they are able to receive compensation.

The IGE Accelerator and Global Training Mentor are individuals with deep industry, investment, or entrepreneurship experience. They work with companies without expectation of reward or compensation.  They will share their knowledge and guidance freely and will open their networks when appropriate. Mentors are expected to work with the teams for a minimum of 9 months or longer as the team progresses.  IGE Accelerators are compensated for their time.  

Other Opportunities

IGE mentors are often called on to participate in other activities within IGE and around campus.  UC San Diego Ecosystem is thriving with startup and entrepreneurial activities.  Activities such as Accelerator Review Panels and Triton Innovation Challenge judges to name a few.  Often, they are invited to speak at events around their specific expertise.

Current Mentors

Sandy Agnos

Commercialization, MedTech


Claude Benchimol

MedTech


Mary Ann Beyster

BlueTech


Jim Bixby

MedTech


Ingo Chakravarty

Commercialization


Michael Collins

Commercialization, MedTech


Mario Diez

BlueTech


Ricardo dos Santos

Commercialization


Dan Flanegan

Commercialization


Richard Garber


Catherine Gauthier Whitwer

BlueTech


Eamen Hameed

Commercialization


Matthew Hedayat

Commercialization


Rakesh Kumar

Commercialization


Jay Kunin

Commercialization


Richard Kuntz

Commercialization, MedTech


Phil LeBlanc

Brynley Lee

Commercialization


Albert Liu

Commercialization


Rob Matthews


Gioia Messinger

Commercialization, MedTech


Shawnnah Monterrey

Commercialization, MedTech


Gwen Nero

BlueTech, Commercialization


Austin Neudecker

Commercialization


Danielle Rowley

Commercialization


Garrett Smith

MedTech


Lynette Tran

Commercialization


Brenda Wallach

Commercialization


Alan Waskin

Commercialization


Kai Wenk Wolff

Commercialization


John York

Commercialization


Charles Zahl


Noam Ziv

MedTech