The Energy Mentor Network’s goal is to foster the growth of Tennessee advanced energy technologies and startups by connecting entrepreneurs with mentors and industry specific expertise.

The Energy Mentor Network is not a guarantee of funding, is not an accelerator and is not volunteer labor.

About the Program

The Energy Mentor Network has a proven track record of success, modeled off of CONNECT San Diego’s 30+ year old Springboard program.

Each company or entrepreneur is matched with C-level executives who have deep experience in growing and scaling companies. The mentoring team is led by an Entrepreneur-in-Residence who coaches and guides each company through the program. The Energy Mentor Network has more than two dozen mentors with expertise in energy systems, clean tech, intellectual property, business and finance strategy.

Companies can expect to meet with mentors weekly (in-person or virtually) during the course of the program and execute on advice/feedback at the direction of the assigned EIR and other mentors. Companies that take longer to move through the program may go longer periods of time without meeting.

At the culmination of The Energy Mentor Network program, the startup participates in a final panel presentation that prepares the entrepreneur to raise capital and gain traction. Successful graduate companies may gain access to Launch Tennessee programming and network of capital sources, introductions to strategic partners and increased visibility via TAEBC.

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