Each venture in the GW Summer Startup Accelerator is assigned a mentor who works with them throughout the nine weeks of the program. The GW SSA mentors:

  • Work closely with their venture to help them achieve a "fundable" business model and a compelling investor pitch.
  • Provide clear, unvarnished feedback and advice to the venture team.
  • Provide market and technical insight.
  • Are an industry connector for the venture team - connecting them to other people who have the insight the venture needs.
  • Help the venture craft credible pro forma financials.
  • Provide insights to the thinking of investors.
  • Bring in subject matter experts from the Panel of Advisors as needed to coach the venture team.
  • Help the venture with team dynamics; act as unbiased referee.

The mentors for the 2019 GW Summer Startup Accelerator are:

Venture Mentor(s) Title Firm
District Connect Daron Coates
Four Hewes
Managing Director
ThinkBox Group
Four Hewes Design
Dulceology David Urman
Ed Martinez
President, Chief Revenue Officer
President, CEO
Best of Organic/DKA
Envirobe Rose Wang Managing Director Grow Cap Ventures
Last Call Food Mitchell Herman President Dana Creative Concepts
Perpetua David Powell Mentor NSF National I-Corps
Pocket Palette Jiemin Jordan
Corinne McCormack
Managing Partner
Decisive Investment Group
Corinne McCormack  Consulting
Vaulted Vinyl Mangesh Wadegaonkar Executive Industry Advisor BIA/Kelsey

Viva Vita

Chris Gardner
Bob Fine

Executive Director

Hermitage Northern Virginia
Cool Blue Media

Voxion Russell Davis Regional Director K2
WATTerWagon Cary Toor Founder and Principal T-Ventures Corporation