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Mentor Roles

Which role is right for you?


Entrepreneur in Residence

EIRs are current or former executives with C-Suite experience. They lead mentor teams, lead panel meetings and periodically coach new mentors. EIRs also work with the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council to recruit and vet companies and entrepreneurs to the Energy Mentor Network program.

Time Commitment

2-4 hours per-week during the mentoring process for one company, plus 1-5 hours per-month leading panel meetings. Companies generally complete the program in 3-9 months.

Often, companies that take a longer time to complete the program may go several weeks between mentor meetings.

EIRs will complete a training session before joining the program. The training session lasts about 90 minutes and can be conducted in-person or virtually. EIRs are valued experts regarding the Mentor Network process. They check in with the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council periodically with questions or to provide feedback.

EIRs will have access to a number of tools to facilitate convenient communication and coordination including: video and tele-conference services, cloud-based platforms for information sharing, database, and scheduling and administrative support.

Stipend

EIRs are eligible for a yearly stipend to cover expenses such as travel.

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Domain Expert

Domain Experts are mentors with expertise in specific areas that the program is designed to address including intellectual property, marketing, finance, regulatory issues and advanced energy industry-specific areas such as technology, markets and policy. Domain Experts can have C-Suite or executive-level experience. They participate in panel meetings and join the mentor team under the leadership of the EIR.

Time Commitment

1-2 hours per-week during the mentoring process for one company for 3-9 months. Often, companies that take a longer time to complete the program may go several weeks between mentor meetings.

DE’s must complete an application; participate in a 15-minute screening call before joining the program. Then, an hour-long orientation, which can be completed virtually.

DE’s participate in a volunteer capacity, providing free business coaching.

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Panelist

Panelists are Domain Experts who do not join the mentor team, but do view panel presentations from participating companies and offer feedback. Some mentors may not have time to take a team through the mentoring process, but they offer valuable advice during these panel sessions. Many of our mentors move between Domain Experts and Panelists.

Time Commitment

Generally, panelists participate in several panels per-year for several different companies. Panel presentations last one hour, so the overall time commitment is about 5 to 10 hours per-year.

Panelists will be prepared and trained on an individual, as needed basis.

Panelists participate in a volunteer capacity, providing free business coaching.

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