Every semester we need approximately 60 mentors for the CSUF Entrepreneurship Program. Our mentors are people who have extensive experience (either direct: entrepreneur, working in an entrepreneurial organization, etc.; or indirect: accountant, lawyer, banker, etc. with experience with entrepreneurial organizations). Basically, there are two types of classes that people can mentor in:
Student Consulting Projects
Every semester we conduct approximately 35 Student Consulting Projects for which we need mentors. These consulting projects are real: the student teams do consulting work for local businesses. Actual reports are created and each team presents their findings to their client at the end of the semester. Many of our clients have had great things to say about the students and the student consulting process in general. We would also like to note that our Student Consulting Program is one of the most elite programs of its kind in the nation.
Consulting projects center around four major disciplines:
- Organizational Structure/HR
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New Venture Launch
The other type of class for which we have mentors would be the New Venture classes. This is broken up into two semesters: the first semester has the student teams develop a business plan and the next semester they actually launch a business. It’s an exciting process for student and mentor alike and has resulted in a number of startups.
While the specific business area each class covers is different the role of the mentor is fairly constant. Mentors are there because they have experience and they are more able to look at a business situation with a discerning eye. As a mentor, you would be tasked with giving advice by answering questions and giving some general direction to student projects.
Mentors are expected to attend approximately 8 class sessions throughout a given semester (each meeting is about an hour long or so). Most classes start around 7:00pm and parking passes are provided. Occasionally, mentors will have to answer emails and phone calls from their student teams.
Want to be a Mentor?
Each year during the months of January/February and August/September we actively recruit mentors. If you are interested in becoming a mentor in the CSUF Entrepreneurship Program please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us a little about yourself.