With the launch of the Franz Center, the entrepreneurship mentoring program has been updated in an effort to provide students with the greatest value and strongest experience working with their mentor throughout the academic year. In the past, entrepreneurship mentors had come to campus and held “office hours”; however, this year each entrepreneurship scholar has been individually paired with a mentor. Now, it is up to the student to schedule at least 3 meetings a semester with their mentor, whether that be meeting on campus, off campus, or via Skype.
According to Peter Rachor, Director for Entrepreneurship in the Franz Center, implementing this new mentor program format, “encourages students and mentors to meet more often than the required 3 times per semester, to form strong bonds and take advantage of the mentor’s knowledge and contacts in the local community.” In addition, it allows for regular follow up and feedback between mentors and instructors on students’ progress and development needs.
John Koenig, CEO of Measurful.com and new mentor, has said “for most entrepreneurs, mentors have played a significant role in their success. They bridge the knowledge gap and bring years of expertise and learning to the table. They’re someone you can open up to and ask the “stupid” questions we all have.” The Franz Center is excited to be able to offer this resource to all entrepreneur scholars, as well as students in other entrepreneurship courses on campus.