The Rice Alliance has partnered with Enterprise Futures Network (EFN) (www.enterprisefutures.org) to administer the mentoring program for the competition. Each of the 42 finalist teams will be matched with an expert mentor. If you are interested in applying to serve as a mentor, please submit your application using the link below. EFN's RBPC organizer will respond to your application within a week of your submitting it with questions or acceptance into the mentor pool.
The time commitment is about eight to ten hours between approximately March 23, 2015 and April 16, 2015 when the Rice holds the competition in Houston. Because the 42 finalist teams are from the U.S and abroad, mentoring of the teams will be over the phone, email and other means. Mentors selected for this program are welcome to attend the event.
Mentors are a powerful and sustaining thread in the program; as a mentor you will have an opportunity to help the young entrepreneurs entering the RBPC learn more and be more successful.
If you are selected as a RBPC mentor, you will be matched by competition organizers with an entrant (RBPC team) by approximately March 23, 2015. Mentors will be responsible for commenting on their team’s business plan and highlighting issues that may arise in the pitches during the competition. Mentors will focus on reviewing draft pitches and Power Point Presentations.
As a mentor you will have a great deal of flexibility in terms of their engagement with the team. At the minimum, each mentor is required to review the business plan, and provide support to the teams' presentation.
EFN is global non-profit entrepreneurial organization founded in 2003 whose mission is to empower young entrepreneurs through mentoring. EFN’s network is comprised of over 2,500 mentors, entrepreneurs, educators, industry experts and investors. EFN’s more than 200 mentors coach over 150 university start-ups a year at more than 50 universities and have mentored 800 teams that have raised more than $70 million.