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.
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.