You have probably heard about LaunchDENVER, a new program initiated by Denver Rotary to support budding entrepreneurs from the under-served communities of Metro Denver. The program includes four components: (i) business training, offered through an eight week program conducted by the faculty of the Management Department at Metro State University of Denver; (ii) mentoring from an experienced business person; (iii) access to microloans to support the business, and (iv) networking with other graduates and community supporters of the program.
LaunchDENVER is preparing to accept its inaugural class of entrepreneurs in late September. We are recruiting mentors for this inaugural class, and for future classes.
Successful mentors will come with a range of profiles: entrepreneurs with current business operations, experienced business professionals and retired business persons with successful backgrounds. All of them will share two common traits: a desire to give back to the community, and an interest in helping prospective entrepreneurs grow and develop.
Mentors will be expected to make a commitment of six months, including face-to-face meetings with their assigned mentee(s) at least monthly and connection by phone and/or email in between those meetings. The first class of entrepreneurs will be assigned their mentors in early December, shortly after graduation from the training program, so your commitment would begin at that time.
To volunteer to serve as a LaunchDENVER mentor, or to request additional information regarding this opportunity, please contact the Rotarian Mentor Coordinator, Don Kane.