The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council is continuing its series of feature stories highlighting the mentors behind the Energy Mentor Network program offering industry specific expertise.

The Energy Mentor Network‘s goal is to foster the growth of Tennessee advanced energy technologies and startups by connecting entrepreneurs with mentors. This gives Tennessee yet another advantage in grabbing its more than fair share of the $1.3 trillion global advanced energy market.

The Energy Mentor Network is run by the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council in partnership with Launch Tennessee.

In broad strokes, the Energy Mentor Network pairs mentors with promising new companies and entrepreneurs through a structured program involving panel presentations and mentoring sessions.

The purpose of the program is to develop quality startups. After completing the program, startups will have an investable pitch deck, a rock solid business model and a plan to establish more traction. These tools will position Tennessee’s entrepreneurs to raise capital, request other funds like SBIR grants, and scale their company.

This week TAEBC is highlighting mentor Tony Lettich. He is the Managing Director of The Angel Roundtable. Tony has an extensive background in finance and mergers & acquisitions (M&A) and has participated in the start-up and merger, acquisition and divestiture of numerous companies.

This includes the start-up of commodity and specialty manufacturing and sales businesses in the US, UK, EU and Asia, and e-commerce/service companies in the US. His M&A experience also includes the shutdown of several non-performing businesses; and venture capital investments into several start-ups, two of which went on to have successful IPOs in the public markets.

TAEBC is still accepting mentors for the Energy Mentor Program. If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit the “For Mentors” section of the Energy Mentor Network portion of TAEBC’s website.