Emerging entrepreneurs face an unusually fast-moving and competitive business environment. The speed of technological changes, accelerated product cycles, global competition and sophisticated financing strategies often demand resources and experience beyond the reach of the typical start-up entrepreneur. Through its unique mentoring process, the CED Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) offers the help that is needed to confront these complexities.
The CED Venture Mentoring Service is based on a successful program developed at MIT. Entrepreneurs are able to enroll in this program at no charge, thanks to CED's generous Mentor Partners which help support the service.
About CED Venture Mentoring Service
CED VMS supports innovation and entrepreneurial activity by matching entrepreneurs with skilled volunteer mentors. Using a team mentoring approach (groups of 3 to 4 mentors) entrepreneurs gain practical, day-to-day professional advice, coaching and action plans.
Interested in becoming a Mentor or a CED VMS company? Find all of the materials you need to apply here.
"I credit the CED Venture Mentoring Service as the critical factor in our steady growth over the last fiscal year," says Nathan Shackles, founder and CEO of Applicant Stack. "Our Mentor Team of experienced entrepreneurs provided extremely relevant recommendations, and VMS gives us a platform for us to refine and manage our company strategies on an ongoing basis."
About CED Venture Mentoring Service Mentors
Mentors are selected for their experience in areas relevant to the needs of entrepreneurs and for their enthusiasm for the program. To maintain a trusting environment for entrepreneurs, mentors are required to subscribe, in writing, to a Statement of Principles that govern their behavior, outline their responsibilities, guard against conflicts of interest, and control financial involvement with the entrepreneurs and their ventures. Relationships between mentors and entrepreneurs are formed based on the needs of the entrepreneur and the interests of available mentors.