SUPPORT AT The Commons

Become a Mentor

Support innovators and entrepreneurs by sharing mentorship, insights and expertise.

What to Expect

Mentors help entrepreneurs navigate their path. Volunteers interested in giving back to Denver’s diverse entrepreneurial community through mentorship can get involved in a variety of ways.

Mentorship Opportunites

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Champions

Champions is a mentoring program at The Commons designed to guide, inspire and support entrepreneurs that have been in business for 2-5 years and are looking to expand/scale.

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Cohorts meet once a month for 4 months to cover:

  • Mastering Mentorship Relationships & Local Resources

  • Advancing Marketing & Branding Goals

  • Building Sales & Business Development Confidence

  • Meeting the Challenges of Growth & Scale
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Mentor Criteria:

  • Startup consultant who can provide expertise on one of the four session topics

  • Can provide a 2-hour informal presentation/activity for the cohort

  • Passionate about helping startups grow
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CO.STARTERS

This ten-week national accelerator program equips entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships and tools needed to turn an idea or passion into a sustainable and thriving business.

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Cohorts meet Wednesday nights to discuss the following topics:

  • Knowing Your Customer (Customer, Problem, Alternatives, Idea Testing)

  • Finding The Right Solution (Solution, Benefit, Advantage, Starting Small, Brand Identity)
  • Getting the Relationship Right (Marketing & Message; Getting, Keeping & Growing Customers)
  • Building Blocks (Distribution, Revenue, Typical Offering, Price)

  • Structures & Systems (Legal & Accounting Considerations)
  • Discovering the Bottom Line (Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed & Variable Costs, Break-Even Point)

  • Financial Modeling (Break-Even Point, Sales Projections, Cash Flow, Raising Capital) 

  • Planning for Growth (Growth Plans, Goal Setting, Celebration Prep).
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Mentor Criteria:

  • Entrepreneurs who can share advice on their business journeys specific to the session topic

  • Can answer questions, provide advice and feedback

  • Passionate about helping startups grow
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Power hours

Regular group mentorship sessions connecting entrepreneurs, subject matter and industry experts, investors and professionals providing feedback on startups, products and services, industries and fledgling ideas.

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Occurs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays in 90min time frames. Mentors volunteer for a one-off session, monthly sessions or quarterly based on their time and capacity. Example topics include:

  • Hiring
  • HR
  • Marketing and Branding

  • Etc.
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    Mentor Criteria:

    • Subject matter and industry experts
    • Can answer questions, provide advice and feedback

    • Passionate about helping startups grow
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    Startup Space

    Connect with entrepreneurs and innovators, share real-time advice, and find all the latest news and events.

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    Click here – Android or iOS – to download the Startup Space app and follow these steps:

    • Join The Commons on Champa’s private network
    • Create your profile and set your persona
    • Share any relevant news, events, webinars, etc!
    • Follow your areas of interest and ask/answer questions to join the conversation

        Who Becomes a Mentor

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        Experienced Entrepreneurs

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        Subject Matter Experts

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        Business Leaders

        Recent Mentors

        Paul Foley

        Paul Foley

        Co-Founder & Investor

        Kelly Schexnaildre

        Kelly Schexnaildre

        Owner, Merfs Condiments

        Jessica Fialkovich

        Jessica Fialkovich

        Business Exit Expert

        Kendra Anderson

        Kendra Anderson

        Owner, Bar Helix

        Praful Shah

        Praful Shah

        Investor

        Meet a Mentor

        Kathy Holmes | President and Founder of Holmes Consulting Group

        Kathy Holmes has dedicated her life to developing the potential of others. Kathy, a founding member of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Women’s Council, helped to launch Women on the Rise, a Commons program connecting women to role models, resources and support. Kathy also helped develop Champions and Power Hours at The Common to provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to gain insights and feedback from the region’s leading entrepreneurs and experts as they look to build businesses with lasting value in our community.

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