How do NEF coaches stay current on the investment process and refine their coaching skills? By participating in other mentoring/coaching processes, that’s how!
This fall, a number of NEF coaches are volunteering their time to act as mentors for the University of Michigan course, Financing Technology Commercialization, FIN/ES - 329/629 run by Prof. David Brophy and David Bloom. This course walks 15 actual start-ups and assigned student teams through the process of evaluating their assigned start-up and using their evaluations as the basis for preparing an Investor Presentation. Each team is assigned local mentors as well as actual investors from the East Coast and Silicon Valley. As volunteers, NEF mentors get access to what students are being instructed on, panel discussions made up of investors and start-ups discussing their experiences and recommendations, and a (non-NEF) mentoring/coaching experience.
NEF coaches participating in this year’s course are:
• Stew Nelson
• Bill McPherson
• Francis Glorie
• Sheu-Jane Gallagher
• Gary Hazen