Mentors-in-Residence Program

Mentor Mingle | Spring 2019
Mentor Mingle | Spring 2019

The primary goal of the Mentors-In-Residence program is to engage the GW students, faculty, and staff with seasoned entrepreneurs and business executives.  Through various activities and office hours, Mentors will provide guidance, coaching, perspective, and connections to enhance entrepreneurship at GW.

Mentors-in-Residence have the following primary responsibilities:

  • To provide support to the New Venture Competition participants;
  • To provide face-to-face engagement opportunities to students seeking mentorship in business development and entrepreneurial endeavors through office hours and virtual sessions;
  • To develop, shape, and launch a unique set of projects within the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship at GW.

Talk to all the Mentors-In-Residence about:

  • GW New Venture Competition
  • AccelerateGW
  • Lean Startup
  • Customer Discovery
  • "Where Do I Start?"



Meet the 2021-2022 Mentors

Nazlin Bhimji 2

Nazlin Bhimji
Senior Director
Global Good Fund

Virtual Office Hours (EST):
Wednesdays, 10AM - 12PM

Talk with me about:

  • Social enterprises
  • Global / international solutions
  • Non-profit creation
  • Women-focused businesses
  • CSR and sustainability

About Nazlin
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Daron Coates
Managing Director for Finding Opportunities
ThinkBox Group

Virtual Office Hours (EST):
Tuesdays, 3PM - 4PM                                  Thursdays, 3PM - 4PM

Talk with me about:

  • Co-founder of ThinkBox Group (renewable energy development company) and ThinkBox Ventures (independent investment vehicle)
  • Developed over $300M in projects over his career
  • Previously worked for: Honeywell International, Inc. where he and his team launched the Energy Services Company market for renewable energy, and was one of the company's first Strategic Business Unit Directors.

About Daron
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Gary Grenter

Gary Grenter
Principal Consultant
Alpha-Flow Management Consulting

Virtual Office Hours (EST):
Wednesdays, 2PM - 4PM

Talk with me about:

  • Principal Consultant of Alpha-Flow Management Consulting
  • 35 years of executive level experience in Sales, Marketing Operations and General Management with a primary focus on early stage high growth opportunities.
  • Strategic Planning, Product Launch Planning and Operations Workflow with a specific focus on LEAN.

About Gary
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C'pher Gresham

Virtual Office Hours (EST):
Tuesdays, 9:30AM - 11:30AM

Talk with me about:

  • Early-stage social entrepreneurship (non- and for-profit)
  • User testing and validation
  • Marketing / Growth techniques
  • Business Strategy
  • Startup Fundraising (for-profit and non-profit)
  • Impact measurement
  • Financial Modeling

About C'pher
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Jiemin Jordan

Jiemin Jordan
Managing Partner
Decisive Investment Group

Virtual Office Hours (EST):
Mondays, 1PM - 3PM

Talk with me about:

  • Value propposition creation
  • Business strategy and plan creation
  • Investor pitch
  • Cyber or Government Contract including Government Grant
  • Business operation from shareholder agreement, contract review, financial to HR

Watch: "Meet Jiemin" Video

About Jiemin
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Jan Rosenberg
Senior Vice President and Board of Directors

Virtual Office Hours (EST):
Mondays, 2:30PM - 4:30PM

Talk with me about:

  • Mechanical contracting (HVAC)V
  • Financial services
  • Government contracting
  • Cloud technology, networking, and storage
  • Engineers who become businessmen and women, and vice versa

About Jan
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Qyana Stewart

Qyana M. Stewart
CEO & Principal Consultant
Global Force Tech Consulting

Virtual Office Hours (EST):
Wednesdays, 12PM - 2PM

Talk with me about:

  • Value propposition creation
  • Business strategy
  • Women-focused/owned business
  • Product Management best-practices
  • App/web platforms/website creation

About Qyana
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Dave McCarthy headshot Dave McCarthy

Tech Advisor, Department of Energy

Virtual Office Hours (EST):
Mondays, 3PM - 5PM

Talk with me about:

  • Energy and sustainability
  • I-Corps
  • Investing
  • Value Proposition
  • Customer Discovery
  • Where Do I Start?

About Dave
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Rose Wang

Rose Wang
Binary Group

Virtual Office Hours (EST):
Mondays, 10AM - 12PM

Talk with me about:

  • Founder of Binary Group (IT consulting firm providing enterprise solutions)
  • 2013 "Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs" by Fortune magazine
  • Founder of Rent-A-CTO boutique consultancy, and and Chief Architect at InLine Software
  • Council Member of the National Women's Business Council 

Watch: "Meet Rose" Video

About Rose
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Meet with the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Staff

Dave McCarthy Kate Heath

Director, Student Entrepreneurship

Virtual Office Hours (EST):
Mondays, 2PM - 5PM

Talk with me about:

  • GW's New Venture Competition (NVC)
  • Student Entrepreneurship at GW
  • Kate Heath brings a wealth of global experience from both the public and private sectors, from Capitol Hill and NATO to Facebook, Walmart and Boeing. Her most recent corporate role was head of marketing strategy and operations for Instagram. In 2020, she also became the in-house executive marketing and branding adviser for Embarc Collective, the largest and growing hub for startup talent out of Tampa, Florida.

About Kate
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Bob Smith

Bob Smith
Director of I-Corps at GW

Virtual Office Hours (EST):
Mondays, 10AM - 12pm & 3PM - 5PM  Fridays, 10AM - 12PM

Talk with me about:

  • Director of Fed Tech I-Corps Program at GW
  • Over 30 years' experience creating, running, and funding startup-businesses
  • Has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, publishing, and local media from launch through to favorable exits

About Bob
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