Ways We Connect Mentors and Mentees
Through our mentorship network we can connect entrepreneurs with mentors whenever and wherever they need it. Once connected, the formal mentorship timeframe for a mentor/mentee match is one meeting. Are you ready to get plugged in? If so, you’re in the right place.
Our CO.STARTERS Accelerator Program is designed to take early- and idea-stage companies, and push them through this difficult phase. Facilitated by one of the mentors in our network, CO.STARTERS is a hands-on ten-week program intended to give you the tools and perspectives you need to get your business to the next level. Interested in learning more? Visit our CO.STARTERS page.
Office Hours Event
We host an office hours event quarterly to connect founder and professional mentors in our network to entrepreneurs with specific questions and support needs. If you have a problem, and you’re looking for a professional to bounce ideas off of, this event is for you. Keep your eyes peeled for event postings on Facebook or on the Events Page of our website.
Are you seeking mentorship?
As we look around Sioux Falls, we see an endless number of connections to be made among the thinkers, makers, and dreamers in our community. As an organization, our hearts beat for entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurial journey is long, challenging, and can sometimes feel lonely—but we want you to know that you are not alone. We are lucky enough to live and work in a place filled with incredible business owners and professional experts who are ready and willing to provide mentorship and support to entrepreneurs and starters—whether they are building a social venture, creating the next tech business, or laying the groundwork for Downtown Sioux Falls’ next retail business. Whatever your dream is, we want to help you chase it. This is why we’ve built a network of mentors who are ready to listen, encourage, and help you connect the dots as you tackle the next challenge in your business!
What is Mentorship?
Mentorship is a give and take relationship between two people who are looking to better themselves both personally and professionally. Entrepreneurs face new and unique challenges in their businesses every day and, all too often, are left to deal with those challenges alone. What if, instead of tackling those challenges by yourself, you had a mentor that could help you by talking you through the situation— providing suggestions and alternate perspectives, connecting you with people in their network, and serving as a much-needed foundation of support? As a mentee, you should expect that a mentor is not going to solve the problem for you, and you should not see the relationship as free access to professional advice. Both mentor and mentee should expect to give and receive; a successful mentorship relationship is not transactional.
What are Founder and Expert Mentors?
As an entrepreneur, sometimes it can be helpful to talk to someone who understands—someone who has been in your shoes. Wherever you’re at in your entrepreneurial journey, odds are someone has been there before. The founder mentors in our network can relate, and they can use their experiences to help you weather the storm.
Other times, you may desperately need an outside perspective from a professional expert. Our expert mentors work with entrepreneurs and business owners every day. With expertise in culture, manufacturing, marketing, team building and more, they may bring a fresh perspective to a problem you are trying to solve or be able to connect you with a professional who can.
Already interested in seeking a mentor? Sign up here!
Who Should Apply for a Mentor?
Startup Sioux Falls' mentor network is designed to pair experienced business owners with new and developing business owners that are creating new and unique business concepts. Startup Sioux Falls is currently not able to provide mentorship matches for non-founders, sales professionals, and real-estate agents.
Meet Our Featured Founder and Expert Mentors
Chief Executive Officer
Areas of expertise:
- Company Culture
- Fundraising/Venture Capital
- Marketplaces (Amazon, eBay)
- Right People, Right Seat
- Company Operating Systems
How are Mentors and Mentees Connected?
Our team uses the information from submitted applications to connect mentees and mentors that are well aligned.
Meet at the Zeal Center
As members of our mentorship network, mentors and mentees are welcome to meet in our collaboration space free of charge. Check out some of the spaces at the Zeal Center here. Did we mention the coffee and popcorn are on us? If you are interested in working on your business at Zeal, learn more about our memberships!