The Rice Alliance is excited to launch a formal mentoring program this year. 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 to serve as a mentor.
The time commitment is about six to eight hours between approximately March 15, 2013 and and April 11, 2013 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. If you can not serve as a mentor this year, but have colleagues or friends who may be qualified, please forward this opportunity to them.
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 21, 2013. 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.
The Rice Alliance has partnered with Enterprise Futures Network (EFN) (www.enterprisefutures.org) to administer the mentoring program. EFN's RBPC organizer will respond to your application within a week of your submitting it with questions or acceptance into the mentor pool.