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WPI’s Mentors in Residence program connects aspiring entrepreneurs with accomplished and recognized mentors who are committed to offering guidance and sharing their expertise.

The Mentor in Residence program helps students, faculty, and staff just beginning their entrepreneurial path learn from those who have been down a similar road. The mentors are a group of successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, and alumni who devote at least two hours a month to help those interested in varied aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Through individual sessions, I&E events and workshops, and informal connections, students and faculty receive tailored and targeted guidance from mentors who have experience in certain career paths or experiences.

The following goals are the foundation for the Mentor in Residence program’s mission:

  • Provide advice to students who have an entrepreneurial interest
  • Support students in developing their network
  • Provide career and professional expertise
  • Inspire students to achieve their own success
  • Offer advice on furthering start-up companies

 

Becoming a Mentor

Experienced mentors have a lot to offer and engage with students and faculty members in different situations. Mentors offer their guidance and assistance in varied ways: 

  • Meet with and advising students and faculty interested in innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Participate in the classroom
  • Get involved with the Global Entrepreneur in Residence Review Committee
  • Participate or serve as a competition judge
  • Attend welcome orientation (in person and online)
  • Attend Mentor in Residence scheduled dinners and mixers
  • Hold in-person or virtual office hours
  • Join any of WPI’s Tech Advisors Network (TAN) events
  • Participate in the annual Innovation & Entrepreneurship roundtable
  • Facilitate or participate during Embark workshops

 

For questions or to learn more about Mentors in Residence program please email us at MiRsProgram@wpi.edu

Connect with our Mentors In Residence

Our mentors are ready and willing to guide our students through their experiential learning and projects. Contact any of the mentors listed below applicable to your field of study. Connect with them through the email provided or schedule an appointment through 'Meet with a Mentor' link provided above. 

 

Jim Baum

Tech Growth CEO, Board Member, Advisor & Investor 

WPI areas of study related to Jim’s experience:  Business, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Business Management, Computer Science, Data Science, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, and Operations Analytics & Management

What can I talk to Jim about today?

  • Business Strategy & Development
  • Business Scaling
  • Startups
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Product Marketing
  • Go-to-Marketing Strategy
  • Big Data
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Building High Performing Teams

Learn more about Jim: LinkedIn  

Contact Jim

Anthony Coston

President/Consultant- Elise William Ventures (EWV)

WPI areas of study related to Anthony’s experience: Biology, Biology & Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Bioscience Management, Business, Business Analytics, Business Administration, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, and Supply Chain Management

What can I talk to Anthony about today?

  • Customer Discovery
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceutical Product Development
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Design Controls/FDA Regulations- Medical Devices & OSD Pharmaceutical

Learn more about Anthony: LinkedIn

Contact Anthony

 

Bill Desmarais

Vice President, Business Development -Momenta Pharmaceuticals

WPI areas of study related to Bill’s experience: Biochemistry, Biology, Biology & Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Bioscience Management, Business, Business Administration, Business Analytics, and Chemistry

 

What can I talk to Bill about today?

  • Bench to Bedside / Idea Stage through Commercialization
  • Partnering Technologies
  • Financial modeling
  • Creating Target Product Profiles
  • Biotech

Learn more about Bill: LinkedIn

Contact Bill

Charlie Garland

Co-Developer at CubieDx.org & Founder, The Innovation Habit 

WPI areas of study related to Charlie’s experience: Business, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Business Management, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Humanities & Arts (Professional Writing & English Minor), Industrial Engineering, Operational Analytics & Management, and Psychology

What can I talk to Charlie about today?

  • Stimulating Innovation
  • Design Thinking
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Product Design
  • Business Development
  • Business Systems
  • Marketing
  • Non-Profit Leadership
  • Strategy & Operations
  • Investing

Learn more about Charlie: LinkedIn

Contact Charlie

Jodi Gernon

Director, Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at 

Harvard Business School 

WPI areas of study related to Jodi’s experience: Business, Business administration, Business Analytics, Business Management, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Entrepreneurship

What can I talk to Jodi about today?

  • Customer Discovery
  • Business Scaling
  • MVP Development
  • User Testing & Validation
  • Value Proposition
  • Product Innovation
  • Go-to-Market Strategy
  • Leadership
  • Startups
  • Pitching
  • Fundraising
  • Women Entrepreneurs

Learn more about Jodi: LinkedIn 

Contact Jodi

 

Scott Harris

Co-Founder - Onshape & Solidworks

WPI areas of study related to Scott’s experience: Business, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Business Management, Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Innovation with User Experience (IUX), Manufacturing Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering

What can I talk to Scott about today?

  • UX Testing
  • Product Design
  • Start-ups (All Stages: Prototype to Product, Testing a Market, Finding Potential Customers)
  • Design Thinking
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Career Paths
  • Creating Teams
  • CNC Machining
  • 3d Printing
  • Growing a Business & Company
  • ….and much more!

Learn more about Scott: LinkedIn

Contact Scott

 

Jeremy Hitchcock

Founder - Minim, Dyn, Bookery Manchester

WPI areas of study related to Jeremy’s experience: Business, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Business Management, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Entrepreneurship, and Management Information Systems

What can I talk to Jeremy about today?

  • Team Building
  • Python
  • Startups (IoT)
  • Digital Security
  • Tech Transfer & Commercialization
  • Networking
  • Fundraising
  • Investing

Learn more about Jeremy: LinkedIn

Contact Jeremy

Liz Hitchcock

Eclectic Entrepreneur - Minim, Bookery, Factory

WPI areas of study related to Liz’s experience: Business, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Business Management, Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation with User Experience (IUX)

What can I talk to Liz about today?

  • Engineering Women in Startups
  • Why Operational Excellence in the Beginning is best for a Startup (legal, hr, cap tables, and bookkeeping)
  • Funding: Pitching an Angel investor/VC/Syndicate & Bootstrapping
  • People (partners/employees/customers)

Learn more about Liz: LinkedIn

Contact Liz

Jennifer Jordan

EIR at Techstars Future of Longevity 

WPI areas of study related to Jennifer’s experience: Business, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Business Management, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Financial Mathematics, and International & Global Studies (Latin America)

What can I talk to Jennifer about today?

  • Investor Relations
  • Investing
  • Financing Strategy
  • Go-to-Market Strategy
  • Business Development
  • Organizational Structuring
  • Strategic Alignment
  • Early-Stage Tech Startups
  • Non-Profits
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Learn more about Jennifer: LinkedIn 

Contact Jennifer 

Claire Leurent

Principal, Venture Investments at Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center (JJDC) 

WPI areas of study related to Claire’s experience:  Biochemistry, Biology, Biology & Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Bioscience Management, Business, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Chemistry, and Neuroscience

What can I talk to Claire about today?

  • Project Management
  • Pharmaceutical R&D
  • Pharmaceutical Investments

Learn more about Claire: LinkedIn 

Contact Claire 

Bob Mason

Managing Partner, Argon Ventures & Managing,  

Director Project 11 

WPI areas of study related to Bob’s experience: Business, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Business Management, Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Innovation with User Experience (IUX), and Interactive Media & Game Development

What can I talk to Bob about today?

  • Strategic Planning
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Product Design
  • Product Management
  • Enterprise Sales
  • Global Markets
  • Startups (early to late stage)
  • Pitching
  • Raising Capital

Learn more about Bob: LinkedIn

Contact Bob

 

Zenobia Moochala

Advisor at Embark Veterinary

WPI areas of study related to Zenobia’s experience: Business, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Business Management, and Entrepreneurship

What can I talk to Zenobia about today?

  • Team Building
  • People Management
  • Customer Engagement
  • Business Strategy
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Consumer Marketing
  • Product Marketing & Management
  • Fundraising

Learn more about Zenobia: LinkedIn

Contact Zenobia

Aaron O’Hearn

Cofounder & CEO at Worthright

WPI areas of study related to Aaron’s experience: Business, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Business Management, and Entrepreneurship

What can I talk to Aaron about today?

  • Business Development
  • Business Strategy
  • Go-to-Market Strategy
  • Learning-led Sales
  • Customer Discovery & Solutions Design
  • Recruiting
  • Negotiation

Learn more about Aaron: LinkedIn

Contact Aaron

Steph Speirs

Co-Founder & CEO at Solstice 

WPI areas of study related to Steph’s experience: Business, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Business Management, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Environmental & Sustainability Studies, International & Global Studies, Science and Technology for Innovation in Global Development, and Social Entrepreneurship

What can I talk to Steph about today?

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Justice
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sales & Marketing
  • International Business
  • Startups

Learn more about Steph: LinkedIn 

Contact Steph 

Julianne Zimmerman

Managing Director, Reinventure Capital

WPI areas of study related to Julianne’s experience: Aerospace Engineering, Business, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Business Management, Entrepreneurship, and Social Entrepreneurship

What can I talk to Julianne about today?

  • Where do I start?
  • How do I ask the right questions?
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Market Approach
  • Team Building
  • Social Enterprise
  • Non-Traditional Funding & Choosing the Right Funding

Learn more about Julianne: LinkedIn

Contact Julianne

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