Remember back to when you started your career or business. Imagine if you knew then what you know now. How would that have changed things?
Mentorship is the cornerstone of Venture Center entrepreneurial programs. Supports startup founders in strengthening entrepreneurial skills while improving your own mentorship and leadership skills. Through proven mentorship programs, both the innovative entrepreneur as well as the experienced mentor build new skills, develop stronger networks and grow into strong leaders.
The Venture Center Mentor Network is comprised of business executives and professionals with specific expertise. By becoming a Venture Center mentor, you join a highly curated network of the top business and tech professionals in the greater Little Rock area. Help us further our mission of creating an engine for economic development in Little Rock and all of Central Arkansas through the establishment of a strong startup community.
Looking for advice to start your own venture? Begin by scheduling a free Huddle Hour.
LEADING-EDGE MENTOR TRAINING
The Venture Center Mentor Program is a best-in-class program derived by cultivating the best practices from the best entrepreneurial support organizations (ESOs) around the country. We follow a modified socratic approach that focuses on helping the startup founder build and scale a high-growth company.
Just Four Hours Per Month Makes a Difference
You may not see yourself as an expert, but the reality is you very well may be one. Spending years honing your craft can give you the ability to provide a startup founder with invaluable advantages over his or her competition.
The Venture Center Mentor program focuses on four main types of mentors:
Executive Leader – Seasoned and successful business leaders—whether a CEO of a major corporation or owner of a small local business—bring valuable leadership experiences to budding entrepreneurs.
Domain Leader – Skilled professionals who provide guidance regarding a specific subject matter who can provide valuable expertise in areas such as intellectual property development, financial or operational strategy, technology development, and sales presentation skill development.
Industry Leader – Recognized industry leaders can provide assistance navigating the complexities and connections within areas such as advertising, technology, communications, financial services, government, healthcare and retail.
Capital Leader – Raising capital or selling a company is as much an art form as a science. The ability to successfully fund a business is a vital skill for any entrepreneur. Our capital experts provide guidance during this critical development period.
Venture Center mentors are asked to to provide at least four hours of mentorship per month.
The VC Mentor Network
Entrepreneurs aren't born; they're mentored. Here are a few of our world-class mentors making a difference in Central Arkansas.