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Student Innovation Idea Labs

Mentorship Network

Creating a startup is a complex process requiring many essential steps to achieve success. Mentors can be crucial in guiding you through your entrepreneurial journey as a helping hand, a sounding board, and a source of counsel at critical points in the development of a business.

Find a Mentor

  • Receive support and advice from experienced mentors to help achieve your business goals
  • Identify your goals and establish a sense of direction
  • Gain connections
  • Develop your communication, entrepreneurship, and personal skills


Become a Mentor

  • Be a part of building the future generation of innovators
  • Reinforce your knowledge and communication skills
  • Boost your confidence and motivation
  • Stay connected with new ideas and grow your network
  • Show your support for Cal Poly Pomona


Being a Good Mentee

Mentees must make sure that they:

  • Are timely and professional
  • Follow up with their mentor on a bi-weekly basis
  • Learn from your mentor’s experiences (successes and failures)
  • Experience and learn about entrepreneurship opportunities through their mentor
  • Put as much time, effort, and thought in as desired with the mindset that “more IN-results, more OUT”

Being a Good Mentor

Becoming a Mentor entails participating in various activities with your iLab Startup Team throughout your relationship. These include:

  • Having a positive initial contact meeting
  • Communicating with your student team at least bi-weekly (email, Skype, telephone, face-to-face)
  • Finding ways to directly involve your team into your world by allowing them to “shadow” you at a business meeting, attend a networking event with you or just grab a meal together
  • Providing honest advice, leadership, and business knowledge

To get matched up with a mentor or mentee, email us at!