NIA Startup Challenge 2023 - Mentor Sign-up
Mentor Signup for the 2023 NIA Healthy Aging Start-Up Challenge
Please fill out this brief form to help NIA identify mentors and match mentors to mentees. Volunteers are needed from Aug 2023 - Jan 2024; mentoring commitments are virtual and flexible.
Read more about the challenge and how to apply as a participant.
For any questions, or to set up a meeting to learn more about the Challenge prior to signing up as a mentor, please contact Mentoring Director Jamie Lahvic, Ph.D., at NIAstartupchallenge@mail.nih.gov
Mentorship in the Healthy Aging Startup Challenge
Each finalist team will be matched with one mentor and a team of 2-4 advisors. Mentors meet with the team virtually twice a month and provide overall advice on growing the company, developing the business plan, and honing the investor pitch. Advisors make themselves available for occasional calls and emails to answer questions according to their expertise. NIA will match mentors with finalists based on the finalists’ needs, the mentors’ expertise, and shared relevant backgrounds. You can choose a mentor role, an advisor role, or you can work with multiple companies in multiple roles!
- Time commitment: 1-5 hours per month, according to mentor availability, Aug 2023 - Jan 2024.
- Format: virtual meetings, flexible schedule determined by mentor and mentee.
- Each mentor will receive an honorarium in appreciation of their participation.
Challenge Mentors’ Timeline:
|Mentor-mentee matching||June 22 - June 29|
|Virtual Program Kickoff||July 25|
|Challenge Program||Aug - Jan|
|Virtual Graduation||TBD, Dec or Jan|
Expertise and Backgrounds Sought
Finalists will be learning to refine their start-up pitch, identify markets and investors, and start a healthy aging business. We are seeking mentors with expertise in entrepreneurship, investing, product development, digital health, or science and technology related to healthy aging and Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition, NIA is prioritizing outreach to groups underrepresented in life sciences entrepreneurship. Mentoring relationships with individuals of shared backgrounds and experiences are especially beneficial to mentee success, so we are especially excited to recruit mentors with unique or underrepresented backgrounds.