WHY BECOME A MENTOR?

A crucial part of the Clean Energy Prize is the further development and refinement of our semi-finalists’ startups in March and April of each year, before the final round competitions. Mentors play an important role in the process, offering market insights and entrepreneurship guidance to the budding companies to help them succeed in the competition and beyond. Many of our past participants have commented that the mentorship they received was worth just as much or more to their team’s development than the money they received through the competition. Past participants have raised in excess of $600 million in venture funding.

Mentors are also invited to our Networking and Competition Events organized through the year.

WHO SHOULD JOIN AS MENTORS?

We invite industry professionals to join our mentorship database. Domains of expertise include:

  • Industry knowledge in Clean Energy

  • Venture Capital and Private Equity

  • Product Development and Technology Commercialization

  • Marketing and Business Development

  • Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management

  • Team building and Entrepreneurial Management

  • Accounting and Financial Planning

  • Public Policy

  • Legal and Compliance

HOW DO I JOIN? HOW DOES MENTORING WORK?

Please fill out this short Mentor Registration Form

We will email you in early March regarding whether a semifinalist company has been matched to your interest and expertise. You can choose to accept or decline to mentor for this year’s competition at that time. Please be aware that we may not be able to find a team that matches your interest this year — but there is always next year!

The time commitment for mentors matched with companies is about 3-5 hours total from March to early April 2019. Each team/mentor pairing schedules their own meetings, which may be remote or in-person. Activities may include business plan review and refinement, mock pitch feedback, and other types of coaching needed by the team.

We look forward to having you join us! Please don’t hesitate to contact us at cleanenergyprize@mit.edu if you have any questions.