Work closely with an experienced entrepreneur.

Interested in ongoing, individualized guidance on an entrepreneurial project or venture? The Ain Center’s mentorship program is a new offering for Fall 2020.

An individual student or student teams can fill out the interest form (button to the right), meet with the Ain Center to discuss needs, and then be matched with a mentor.

Request a Mentor
Questions?

Contact Meghan Plate, Program Manager.

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Community Connectors
Experts-in-Residence

Felipe Vasconcelos ’16S

Founder & CEO,
StartBeauty

Areas of Expertise:

  • eCommerce
  • International Supply Chain
  • Product Management
  • Social Media Strategy & Digital Marketing

Education:

  • BA in Information Systems, Rutgers University
  • MBA, University of Rochester

Why do you want to be a mentor?

  • “I see mentorship as a natural part of being an entrepreneur, and understand the impact it can have. I want to make available to our community the tools I didn’t have when I was first starting out as an entrepreneur. The best thing about being a mentor is knowing that the knowledge and experience I am passing on has made a difference in someone’s career journey.”

What is your favorite thing about being an entrepreneur?

  • “The best thing about being an entrepreneur is being able to carve your own path – deciding what gets done, when, and how. Having the flexibility and freedom to work on projects I care about and that can make a major difference.”

Doug Chambers ’98

Founder,
HQ2
Doug Chambers

Areas of Expertise:

  • Community Building
  • Customer Service
  • Engineering & Technology Development
  • Management & Communication
  • Scaling & Company Growth

Education:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester
  • MBA (Operations Management), DePaul University

Why do you want to be a mentor?

  • “I want to be a mentor because I’ve received so much value and friendship from those that have mentored me and I’d love to pay that forward.”

What is your favorite thing about being an entrepreneur?

  • “I love going from ‘0 to 1,’ meaning creating something from nothing. Without question this is the most fun part of building a company and something I’d love to help students at U of R achieve.”

Elliot Garbus ’85

Independent Advisor and Consultant,
Elliot Garbus Ventures LLC
Elliot Garbus

Areas of Expertise:

  • Business Development
  • New Product Development
  • Patent Application
  • Software Design & Implementation

Education:

  • BS in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Rochester
  • Intel Executive Accelerator Program, Stanford University

Why do you want to be a mentor?

  • “Mentoring is an opportunity to lend a helping hand to those at the beginning of their career journey. I take great satisfaction in helping others and sharing in the excitement of creating a new business.”

What is your favorite thing about being an entrepreneur?

  • “Successful entrepreneurs are disciplined risk takers. They identify an unmet need and execute with agility, engaging with customers and refining their ideas as they meet the reality of the marketplace. The excitement of creating new value, learning about new customers and markets are my favorite parts of being an entrepreneur.”

Dane Jennings

Co-Founder & CEO,
Catapult Games

Areas of Expertise:

  • Business Development
  • Game Development
  • Networking
  • Team Management
  • Virtual Reality

Education:

  • BA in Political Science, SUNY Geneseo
  • IgniteU Accelerator Program
  • REVEAL Accelerator Program, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Why do you want to be a mentor?

  • “When my business partner and I were starting our company,  we received a lot of help from more experienced business owners. I want to pay it forward by sharing some of what I have learned along the way.”

What is your favorite thing about being an entrepreneur?

  • “An entrepreneur’s job is to try to fix the biggest problem they can identify with whatever tools they possess. I enjoy the process of finding out what people need and building a team and product to address it.”

Jono Rosen ’94

Partner,
Applied Invention, LLC
Jono Rosen

Areas of Expertise:

  • Business Development
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Venture Capital

Education:

  • BA in Religion & Classics, University of Rochester
  • JD, New York University School of Law
  • MALD, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy

Why do you want to be a mentor?

  • “I want to be a mentor to give back to the U of R community and support students who are embarking on or considering an entrepreneurial path.”

What is your favorite thing about being an entrepreneur?

  • “The best thing about entrepreneurship is working with a diverse team to bring new ideas to market and see their impact.”