VMS for Founders

WHAT IS VMS?

Team-based mentoring for startup founders and entrepreneurs. Founders are matched with 3-5 mentors who meet regularly as a group to provide mentorship and guidance.

 

WHO IS VMS FOR?

Founders of a startup, at any stage, are welcome to apply. Our preference is to work with startups that are past the idea stage and ready to work on implementation. This program is particularly geared toward startups or companies that have some potential for scalable growth.

 

HOW VMS CAN HELP?

  • Customer acquisition strategy
  • Product-market-fit
  • Planning for hiring/growth/scaling
  • Preparation for outside investment
  • Move from planning to execution
  • Seeing around corners!
  • Plus more!

 

HOW DOES VMS WORK?

Founders apply to VMS and complete an interview with the VMS team. After selection, founders submit an executive summary page for the mentor pool to review. During the next Monthly All-Mentor Meeting, the VMS team will circulate your executive summary, and mentors will volunteer to join your team.

Once matched with a mentor team, the entrepreneur leads the charge in terms of scheduling and meeting agenda creation. We approach this program as a professional development opportunity for founders to practice executive meeting skills and hone best practices for working with a board of advisors. Founders are expected to:

  • Prepare a detailed agenda for each meeting, and share it with mentors in advance
  • Facilitate the meeting, keeping the focus on track
  • Follow up accordingly
  • Communicate clearly and effectively between sessions

Check out the ISU VMS Roles and Responsibilities and ISU VMS Venture FAQ for more information.

Contact the ISU VMS team for more information about joining as a founder, or sign up for an introductory call.