Mentoring

Welcome to OBI’s new 6-month structured Mentoring Program

“Mentoring is an ongoing relationship of learning, dialogue, and challenge.” -Thomas Hordam

 

FAST FACTS ABOUT OUR MENTORING PROGRAM

MENTORS

  • Mentors are volunteers
  • Mentors are not advisors or consultants, but are guides
  • Mentoring has great benefits
    • Free mentor training session
    • Exclusive access to handpicked startups
    • Exclusive network of mentors
    • Ability to earn mentor certification
    • Give back to your community
    • OBI highlights its mentors in the monthly newsletter
  • Mentors are matched with a mentee in a structured matching process
    • Matching process takes place twice a year
    • Includes a pitch meeting, followed by matchmaking
  • Mentors volunteer 2 hours per month with their mentee for 6 months
    • Mentor may not invest in or do paid work for mentee for one year after mentoring begins
    • Mentors must sign a non-disclosure agreement with Mentee
  • Mentor fills out an exit survey at the end of the program
  • Mentor and mentee may continue the mentoring or other business relationship after the program ends

Next cohort begins July 1, 2020

APPLY TO BECOME A MENTOR

Applications accepted until May 1, 2020

MENTOR APPLICATION

MENTEES

  • Mentoring helps you grow your business!
    • A recent survey from Kabbage found that only 22% of businesses had mentors when they started their business
    • 92% of business who have a mentor say mentoring has directly impacted their business growth and survival
  • Mentees are matched with mentors in a structured matching process which takes place twice a year
    • Prospective mentees prepare a 5-minute pitch
    • They pitch their business needs in a pitch meeting
    • OBI matches mentees and mentors after the pitch session
    • Formal mentoring program lasts for 6 months
  • Mentoring time commitment
    • Mentee meets with mentor 2 hours a month for 6 months
    • Mentee checks in with OBI once per month
    • Mentee completes any necessary homework
    • Mentee is always responsible for their own outcomes
  • Mentee fills out exit survey at the end of the program and again after one year
  • Mentee and mentor may opt to continue the mentoring or other business relationship after the program ends

Next cohort begins July 1, 2020

APPLY TO BECOME A MENTEE

Application dates May 1-May 15, 2020

MENTEE APPLICATION

ADVISING PROGRAM

We have a network of >90 Advisors who are available to provide pro bono advice and assistance to promising life science and digital health entrepreneurs across the state of Oregon. Our Advisors have valuable expertise in a wide range of business topics that are integral to the success of early-stage life science companies, including:

  • Accounting
  • Business Plan
  • Digital Health
  • Gov’t Funding
  • Health IT
  • Legal/IP
  • Licensing
  • Machine Learning/AI
  • Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Market Analysis
  • Marketing
  • Private Funding
  • Product Development
  • Regulatory/FDA

If you would like to become an advisor or request free help, please fill out the forms below. For questions, contact Rene Miller, Program Coordinator at OBI, at rmiller@otradi.org

BECOME AN ADVISOR
REQUEST FREE HELP