Training - Guidance - Networking
The Venture Mentoring Team

Working with startups and small businesses to refine their business models.

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How VMT Works

About The Venture Mentoring Team

The Venture Mentoring Team (The VMT) is a nonprofit educational 501(c)(3) dedicated to fostering the startup community by training and credentialing VMT Mentors and then connecting them with the best and brightest entrepreneurs to help startups and small businesses reach their full potential.

We are experienced executives and entrepreneurs in corporate, legal, academic, profit and not for profit organizations that donate our time and talent. Our goal is to help the startups and small businesses gain sustainability and traction.

The VMT helps STARTUPS refine their pitch decks, determine product-market fit, design a minimum viable product, and address any needs toward launching a profitable business.

We work with SMALL BUSINESSES to help owners set goals, prioritize, and accomplish their most important objectives in order to scale and reach new heights.

Our MENTORS are successful executives and entrepreneurs with experience in corporate, legal, academic, profit, and not-for-profit organizations who donate time and talent.

We act as a connecting tissue with many COMMUNITY PARTNERS bringing together organizations, educational institutions, incubators, accelerators programs, investors, and more.

Over 100 SPEAKERS have presented to our mentors since 2017. These include business leaders, attorneys, educators, and heads of various programs.

Our Mentors

All our mentors are volunteers who offer their time and talent to help startups and small businesses. They have been fully vetted and trained in our mentoring process.

Why Startups & Small Businesses Work with Us

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“Jim Ryan, Bob Nelson, Jonathan Fichman and Tom Mersch with The Venture Mentoring Team have helped me tremendously in the early stages of starting ShipMonk, and still help me today. They continue to provide valuable insight into the ShipMonk operation. It’s hard to imagine not having someone like them in the early stages to bounce ideas off of and helping me get focused to implement only the best ideas and in spending funds only on those initiatives that really positively affected my business. They are more than mentors, they are friends and I likely wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for them.T

-Jane Bednar Founder and CEO

Our Sponsors

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