Mentors-in-Residence Program

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.


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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
  • Lean Startup
  • Customer Discovery
  • "Where Do I Start?"


Meet the 2021-2022 Mentors


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


Daron Coates

Managing Director for Finding Opportunities
ThinkBox Group

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

Talk with me about:

Renewable energy development 

Independent investment 

Previously worked for: Honeywell International, Inc. as one of the company's first Strategic Business Unit Directors. Developed over $300M in projects over his career


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.


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

Startup Fundraising (for-profit and non-profit)

Impact measurement

Financial Modeling


Jiemin Jordan

Managing Partner
Decisive Investment Group

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

Talk with me about:

Value proposition 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


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


Qyana M. Stewart

CEO & Principal Consultant
Global Force Tech Consulting

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

Talk with me about:

Value proposition creation

Business strategy

Women-focused/owned business

Product Management best-practices

App/web platforms/website creation


Dave McCarthy

Tech Advisor,
Department of Energy

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

Talk with me about:

Energy and sustainability



Value Proposition

Customer Discovery

Where Do I Start?


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


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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.

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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