Become a Mentor!
Are you a highly motivated industry leader with a passion for helping student founders? Apply to be an Almaworks mentor! We are proud to be supported by some of the most influential entrepreneurs and leaders in the NYC startup community.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your interest in staying updated on mentorship opportunities for Fall 2017.
Recognition as a mentor on Almaworks website and Angellist profile
LinkedIn endorsements and recommendations
Bragging rights to mentoring the top ten student startups in NYC (especially when they all take off) and being a mentor for a Columbia University program
Create lasting relationships with the best student entrepreneurs in NYC
Connect with fellow mentors that are also leaders in the startup community
Connect with major entrepreneurship players in the Columbia community
Connect with an increasingly valuable Almaworks and CORE alumni network
Invitation to all Almaworks sessions and events throughout the program
Firm logo featured as a sponsor on the CORE website
Firm logo featured as a sponsor on the Almaworks website
Firm logo featured as a sponsor on the Intercollegiate Pitch Off website
Fuzzy feeling you get when you give back
This is the perfect opportunity to give back to the NYC entrepreneurship community while at the same time creating and cementing valuable relationships with some of NYC’s brightest up-and-coming entrepreneurs, programmers, and hustlers
Additional mentorship benefits (on an as requested basis):
Unlimited passes to all future Almaworks Demo Days
Unlimited passes to all future Intercollegiate Pitch Off events
Priority access to CORE events and festivals. In the past, we’ve held events with people such as Peter Thiel (Paypal, Palantir), Jack Dorsey (Twitter, Square), Alexis Ohanian (reddit), and Drew Houston (Dropbox)
Priority placement on the CORE startup jobs board
Free on campus space reservations for firm events
Access to resume drops of Columbia students interested in entrepreneurship related opportunities
Free exhibition booths at startup expos
Promotion of firm events and materials through CORE social media that collectively reach 5,700+ followers and fans
Promotion of firm events and materials through CORE newsletters that collectively reach 7,000+ subscribers
Features of firm events and materials through Impulse, Columbia University’s startup and tech media outlet
Commitments to at least two (in person) appearances at Friday sessions from 2:45pm to 6pm
Alternatively, commitments to at least 6 hours of office hours remotely
Clear communication of scheduling conflicts and changes as soon as possible
Willingness to extend conversations that last beyond the Friday sessions
Frank and honest advice for the startups
The Mentorship Process (in-person)
Before your scheduled office hours
You will receive confirmation of your office hour dates shortly after you’ve filled out the poll with available times
A week before your office hours, you will receive an email reminder confirming your availability for office hours
Once confirmed, a signup sheet will be sent out to startups to reserve time slots for your office hours. These time slots are usually finalized by Thursday so you can see which slots are reserved by which startups
Two days before your office hours, you will receive an email reminder
The day before your office hours, you will receive an email and text reminder
The day of your scheduled office hours
Arrive at Columbia Startup Lab, Soho at 2:00pm to join the weekly roundtable discussion or at 2:45pm for your first scheduled office hour
Hold mentorship office hours throughout the day, meeting with the various teams that have reserved time for office hours. Often, not all office hours are booked so there will be room for breaks or for office hours to end early
Around 5pm, we will have free non-pizza dinner for all the mentors and startups.
Office hours officially end at 6pm.
Interested in joining the Almaworks family? Send an email to email@example.com expressing interest in mentoring for the Fall 2017 term with a short bio attached. We'll follow up shortly!