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ELP Mentor Matching Program

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BE A LEADER AMONG THE BEST

The Entrepreneurs Leadership Program provides deep training and mentorship for a select cohort of students to develop the functional, managerial, and leadership skills that differentiate the good from the great entrepreneurs. It equips some of the University of Michigan’s most driven minds with a rigorous experiential curriculum to lead them onto an entrepreneurial path during and after their college career. Students from all schools/colleges, academic programs, and years are eligible for the program.

New to the program for the 2022 cohort is a formalized mentorship component. 

The Mentor Matching Program recruits a diverse set of entrepreneurs, investors, and tech-focused business leaders to remotely mentor the current cohort of ELP students. Between January and April, mentor/mentee pairs participate in four, virtual, one-hour meetings focused on accomplishing entrepreneurial career goals designed by the ELP student.

ELP MENTORSHIP EVENTS

Recruitment

Entrepreneurial Leaders and Alumni are recruited as mentors for the upcoming ELP cohort

July - September

Recruitment

Entrepreneurial Leaders and Alumni are recruited as mentors for the upcoming ELP cohort

July - September

New Cohort

New ELP Cohort is finalized

October - November

New Cohort

New ELP Cohort is finalized

October - November

Mixer & Matching

Mentor-Mentee Mixer and final matching

January

Mixer & Matching

Mentor-Mentee Mixer and final matching

January

First Meeting

Student develops 2-3 goals for the semester

January

First Meeting

Student develops 2-3 goals for the semester

January

Second Meeting

February

Second Meeting

February

Third Meeting

March

Third Meeting

March

Fourth Meeting

April

Fourth Meeting

April

Feedback

Students report feedback and start their summer experience

May

Feedback

Students report feedback and start their summer experience

May

PROGRAM Q&As

We recruit mentors during the Fall semester, from late August to October. The ELP cohort students are recruited during the same period with the completed cohort announced before Thanksgiving. Mentors and mentees will be required to submit an interests form, attend an info session, and participate in the virtual mentor matching mixer which will occur between mid-November and late-December. The ELP program officially starts in January with mentor/mentee meetings running through April. 

Additionally, you will be invited to participate in the student application assessment and interview process as an optional way to interact with the upcoming cohort of students. This process can be done remotely and will take place during October.

Based on the information from your interest form, the student’s intake form, and a ranked preference provided by you and the students we will suggest a match. If there are no objections, we will finalize the match. This process will be completed before the first week of December. It’s important to note that there is a chance that you will not be matched with a student if there are more mentors in the program than students.

Program staff will send an email introduction to all mentors and mentees notifying them of their match in early-December. The match pair are required to connect in early January to set-up a time to meet for their first meeting.

At the first meeting, the match pair will create 2-3 entrepreneurial career goals to work through during the program. Here is an example of a mentee and mentor goal.

Goal: I’d like to participate in the optiMize social challenge as a founder this summer, but am having difficulty figuring out what solution to pitch and what problem I’d like to solve. 

  • The mentee will … (objectives)
    • Examine possible challenges that are important to the student by creating a mind map at an upcoming mentor match meeting
    • Compose  3 potential solutions to 3 challenges identified in mind map by brainstorming with mentor
    • Interview 5 people associated with the top problem and solution discovered to better understand what specific pain needs to be addressed
    • Complete optiMize social challenge application 
  • The mentor will … (objectives)
    • Work with the mentee on creating a mind map of challenges that are important to them at an upcoming mentor match meeting
    • Share best practices and experiences on the process of ideation to support the mentee’s second goal
    • Potentially provide two personal contacts for the mentee to connect with regarding the challenges discussed previously 
    • Debrief progress with mentee and assistant in optiMize social challenge application 

MEET THE MENTORS FOR THE 2022 COHORT

Pedro Guillen Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Pedro Guillen
CTO, Sigma International
Industry: Transportation

Kevin Yanos Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Kevin Yanos
Product Solutions Lead, XPO
Industry: Logistics

Danny Ellis Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Danny Ellis
CEO, SkySpecs
Industry: Renewable Energy

Patti Glaza Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Patti Glaza
EVP/Managing Director, Invest Detroit Ventures
Industry: Venture Capital/CDFI

Jeff Ponders Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Jeff Ponders
Principal, Invest Detroit Ventures
Industry: Venture Capital

Jeff Bargmann Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Jeff Bargmann
Angel Investor/Maker, Self Employed
Industry: Tech/Investing/Healthcare

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Richard Millunchick
VP Operations/Special Projects, Shoptelligence Inc.
Industry: Retail Tech/Digital Marketing

F. Andy Seidl Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

F. Andy Seidl
Lecturer, University of Michigan
Industry: Software Entrepreneurship

Monica Wheat Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Monica Wheat
Executive Director/Managing Director, Venture Catalysts/Techstars
Industry: Venture Ecosystem Building/Venture Capital/Accelerators

Bryant Vergara Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Bryant Vergara
Chief Technology Officer, Dexter
Industry: Education

Trista Van Tine Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Trista Van Tine
Executive Director, Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund
Industry: Nonprofit

Alex Brewster Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Alexander Brewster
Portfolio Manager/VP Alternative Investments, York Investment Management
Industry: Asset Management

Michelle Brechtelsbauer Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Michelle Brechtelsbauer
Director, Strategy and Operations, Energy Impact Center
Industry: Energy

Adam Oxner Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Adam Oxner
CTO & Cofounder, MySwimPro
Industry: Consumer Technology

Angela Kujava Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Angela Kujava
Managing Director, Desai Accelerator
Industry: Entrepreneurship

Kristina Wommer Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Kristina Wommer
Business and HR Director, H3D, Inc.
Industry: Manufacturing and R&D/Nuclear Engineering

Connor Borrego Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Connor Borrego
Founder & CEO, Emergent Digital
Industry: Blockchain, Big Data, Digital Marketing Technology

Edi Demaj Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Edi Demaj
Co-Founder, KODE Labs
Industry: Smart Building/Smart City

Shadi Mere Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Shadi Mere
CEO, Bedestrian
Industry: Robotics

Kabir Maiga Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Kabir Maiga
Co-Founder & CEO, PassiveBolt
Industry: Smart Access

Jasmine Kaur Headshot Mentor ELP 2022

Jas Kaur
CEO & Co-Founder, Culturebie
Industry: Technology

ELP STAFF

Nick Moroz
Program Director

Emilee Studley
Program Specialist 

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