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Join Our Mentor Community
Contribute your expertise and provide invaluable support to entrepreneurs.

Get Started By Following The Steps below

Our Mentor community plays a critical role in increasing the odds of commercial success for promising entrepreneurs whose innovations and ideas can change the world! Professionals involved in our programs provide guidance to entrepreneurs on everything from their business plan and investor pitch, to sales and manufacturing strategy.

Startups participating in our accelerator overwhelmingly tell us the highest value of the Cleantech Open Midwest experience comes from the mentoring they receive. Mentors find the interaction incredibly rewarding as well! By sharing your experience with our entrepreneurs, you keep up with industry trends, expand your professional network, and give back to your community.

How to Register

Please input your Mentor Profile/Preferences by completing the steps below:

Step 1: Complete the Midwest Region Mentor Information Form

Step 2: Apply and Input your Mentor Profile

Why Register

  • Gain visibility as a leader and expert in the industry
  • Get exposed to the latest cutting-edge cleantech ideas
  • Connect with a diverse network of hundreds of other like-minded professionals
  • Contribute to the strength of the cleantech community
  • Attend exclusive regional and national events with free and discounted tickets
  • Learn by teaching!

What We Look For

  • Commitment to mentor a startup and/or respond to community requests via email
  • Excellent professional credentials
  • Past startup experience and/or entrepreneurial mindset or expertise in a particular functional area (finance, marketing, crowdfunding, etc)
  • Passion for helping early stage companies
  • Ability to provide critical feedback and uncomfortable truths—a sense of humor helps
  • Willingness to expand your network and engage with an amazing community!