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

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





  • 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 the match date
    • 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
Application dates April 15-May 1



  • 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
  • Mentoring time commitment
    • Mentee meets with mentor 2 hours a month for 6 months
    • Mentee checks in with OBI once per month
    • Mentee is responsible for any homework and 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



Andrew Barofsky

Thomas Barrett

Kenneth Bates

Angela Blackwell

Ernest Bonat

Jane Boutwell

Chris Brasfield

Mark Bruns

Anne Carlson

Claire Celeste Carnes

Bill Carroll

Anne Cherry

Kevin B. Clark

Marilyne Coblentz

Kate Corcoran

Simon Craw

Frank X. Curci

Keith Daellenbach

Eric Distad

Jon Down

Duffy DuFresne

Ryan Dunlap

David F. Eastman

Eric Eggers

Chris Elsenbach

David H. Farrell

David Forman

Mark Friess

Peter Galen

Doug Garnett

Jeff T. Gautschi

Tim Gee

Wendy R. Gerlach

Grant Gibson

Bruce Girton

Christina Glabas

Michael Gursha

Suzanne Hanifin

Eric Hanson

Susan Hart

Brad Hathaway

Gordon Hoffman

Rick Hou

Lisa Wernli-Hunt

Daniel Hurwitz

Harsh Jain

Andrea Jones

Michael Jones

Douglas Kawahara

Theodore “Ted” Khoury

Jeff King

Robert A. Kirschner

Laura Kubisiak

Jill Lam

Anna Leef

Nathan Lillegard

Molly Lindquist

Peter Lovely

Kate Lyons

Les Mace

Ralph Makar

Ajay Malhotra

Janina Malone

Don Megrath

Ryan Miller

Merry Ann Moore

Peter Murray

William Newman

David Niebauer

Michael Phillips

Marc Philouze

Brigitte Piniewski

Adrian Polliack

Vinay Rao

Brendan Rauw

Charles Replogle

Holly Rouault

Kate Ryan

Richard (Dick) Rylander

J. Corey Schmid

Kathleen Sego

Ron Shigeta

Dorota Shortell

Jeff Smith

Matt Smits

Paul Sochacki

David Starr

Audrey Staton

David Stroup

Joe Sullivan

Alyssa Thomas

Charla Triplett

Erik I. Tucker

Doug Vanisky

Serg Vinyarskiy

Anthony Vitucci

Jurgen Vollrath

Jamie Weishaar

Patti White