Mentors

CREATE-X is an entrepreneurial program at Georgia Tech that enables students to create real startups and take them to market. Join the CREATE-X Mentorship Program for the opportunity to serve as a professional mentor to Georgia Tech students interested in startups. With your guidance, aspiring entrepreneurs can shape their business idea and bring it to market. Mentorship enables you to give back to students, who will greatly benefit from your business expertise.

Our mentors are industry veterans, experienced entrepreneurs and successful alumni. By becoming a mentor, you are instantly embedded into the Atlanta startup ecosystem at the ground floor. If you are looking to fund a fledgling company, CREATE-X gives you the opportunity to observe the student-founded startups early.

Looking to join a startup? There are student teams creating businesses across many industries, and they need professionals who can provide strategic direction. In fact, students who participate in CREATE-X come from nearly 30 majors and work in interdisciplinary teams.

Join CREATE-X as a mentor and tap into the innovation occurring on Tech’s campus.

Sign up to be a CREATE-X mentor today

WHAT TO EXPECT

As a mentor, you will advise a student startup during Startup Launch, an intensive 12-week course that helps teams of entrepreneurially minded students launch startups based on their ideas, inventions and prototypes. After your semester of mentorship concludes, you have the opportunity to continue serving as an ad hoc advisor to your teams, should your schedule allow.

 

MENTOR MATCHING PROCESS

After Startup Launch teams are finalized, a list of available mentors will be shared with all teams. Information on the mentors such as where they work, areas of interest and contact information will be available to students. Similarly, a list of startups in the program, with a brief description of what the startup does, will be shared with mentors. Teams and mentors then rank who they want to work with, and a matching system will pair them.The teams will reach out to the mentors as soon as they are matched to initiate a regular-touch point schedule. It is expected that each team has at least one touch point with each of its mentors.

 

MENTOR EXPECTATIONS

Mentors are expected to respond to their teams’ requests for meetings and make themselves available for about two hours per week. Meetings can be in-person or over Skype/FaceTime/phone. Mentors will be interacting with young entrepreneurs and should make a clear effort to be positive and direct in their feedback. Separating opinion from fact will also be very useful to the startups. Mentors will also have the opportunity to attend the following events and interact with their mentees:

  • Weekly speaker series
  • Opening Day
  • Product Day
  • Demo Day
  • Other social events during Startup Launch

For more information or to become a mentor, please email Rhea Perkins at rheap@gatech.edu.

Download the mentor fact sheet to learn more

 

Thank you to our mentors



Mentor Company
Dennis Burke MCWANE, Inc. 
Bob Schack Cisco
Venkat Raghaven IBM
Alexis Turjman Cognition Medical 
Larry McHugh AngelAtlanta
Samuel Wheeler PayRight Health Solutions
Patrick Ho Parian, LLC 
Dean Kashklan Acumen Link
Harsh Chawla PwC
Brett Battles EcoRebates
John Hannan Georgia Tech 
John Avery Panasonic Innovation Center
Chris Bowick Cox Communications
Ryan Wilson NSA
Richard DiMonda Sensory Innovation 
Scott  Lewin SaleXcapital
Etienne Terblanche dataLogistics Corporation 
Jocelyn Goldstein Zetta Venture Partners (previous FB & Vmware) 
Ben Damiani xSi Solar
Emily Muhlberger Capital funding
Jim Burt Coca Cola 
Wallace Daniel JWD Industrial, LLC
Marty Hinson Cox Communications
Andrew Ibbotson NRC Health/ ISyE Advisory Board
Russ Jamerson Kinesix Software
Charles Oyenuga Technocraft 
Ackshaey Singh Oracle Fusion Products Development Group
Vince Tidwell Champia Real Estate Inspections
Neal Williams Carr & Ferrell LLP
Jason Premo Premo Ventures
Jeff Lane Cirrus Digital Works
Mike Whitacre Frazier & Deeter, LLC
Sandra Feinsmith BDO
Danny Davis Dinova
Jesse Maddox TripLingo
Amro Mousa Twitter
Allen Graber Uperline Capital 
Andrew Watson Make & Build
Coty Rosenblath MailChimp
Jen Bonnett ATDC & StartupChicks
Evan Jones Swipe Labs 
Bill Levisay Levisay Consulting & Coca-Cola 
Rob Kischuk Converge
Blake Byrnes Switchyards Downtown
Wells Burke Rocket Partners 
Jared Cherni GE Power
David Bloom Harridge House Capital
Matt King GTRI
Reza Ghorieshi NCR Corporation
Richard Kolsby Rocky Mountain Broadband 
Brad Hagemann GE Power and Water
Ben Myers GE Power and Water, Distributed Power
Jayanta Dey Mobile Platform VmWare
Adam Walker Sideways8 Interactive
Kipp Jones Skyhook Wireless
Michael Greer Anchor Free
Sastry Nanduri HealthTap
Sharon Goldstein ShipHawk
Robin Bienfait Global Enterprise Services
Mark Cupta Prelude Ventures
Sophia Velastegui Nest
Shige Honjo Nest & Apple 
Ben Damiani xSi Solar