LMVLogosmallforwebsiteWe believe that mentors are a key part of building the entrepreneurial ecosystem in central New York. The collective expertise and the willingness to share experiences and advice can help first time entrepreneurs make better decisions, connect with new markets, and be more successful as they build their business. Through a partnership with Leadership Mohawk Valley, we want to build a network of engaged mentors who are invested in the continued growth of our area, and who want to be a part of our growing network of subject matter experts. You don’t have to be an LMV alum to participate.

We’re looking for mentors with a wide cross section of experiences and expertise. Want to be part of something that’s changing the Mohawk Valley? Become a mentor with the thINCubator. Get started by filling out the form below. Please note, we will only connect mentors with entrepreneurs who are a good fit, and we’ll be hosting a networking event this Spring for thINC mentors and our area’s budding entrepreneurs.

The Mentor Manifesto
  • Be socratic.
  • Expect nothing in return (you’ll be delighted with what you do get back).
  • Be authentic / practice what you preach.
  • Be direct. Tell the truth, however hard.
  • Listen too.
  • The best mentor relationships eventually become two-way.
  • Be responsive.
  • Adopt at least one company every single year. Experience counts.
  • Clearly separate opinion from fact.
  • Hold information in confidence.
  • Clearly commit to mentor or do not. Either is fine.
  • Know what you don’t know. Say I don’t know when you don’t know. “I don’t know” is preferable to bravado.
  • Guide, don’t control. Teams must make their own decisions. Guide but never tell them what to do. Understand that it’s their company, not yours.
  • Accept and communicate with other mentors that get involved.
  • Be optimistic.
  • Provide specific actionable advice, don’t be vague.
  • Be challenging/robust but never destructive.
  • Have empathy. Remember that startups are hard.