become a CED VMS Mentor

Advice for Startups

CED VMS mentors are volunteers interested in giving their time to help entrepreneurial ventures with the challenges they face as they scale their company. Mentors come together monthly to listen to venture pitches, learn more about the challenges each venture is facing, and then volunteer to be on a team that fits their specific interests, skills, and experience. A team of three to four mentors meet with a venture every four to six weeks, typically for a three to nine month period. VMS Mentors have significant operations and/or startup experience, are good listeners, have time to participate, and a desire to give back

Become a CED Mentor

  • #VMScompany

    Thank you for all you have done for us and the CED-VMS program. We truly appreciate all the work you do to make it possible.We have greatly appreciated and valued our time in the program.”

    Carly Hemminger // Co-Founder // GoKart

  • #VMScompany

    VMS did an amazing job with partnering me with people who knew exactly what we would have to do to reach our goals. As a result of our participation in VMS, we’ve grown to a team of 18 people with almost 30 university clients around the world and we have become known as the gold standard in our market. ”

    Allison Wood // CEO & Co-Founder // DaVinci Education

  • #VMScompany

    The VMS by CED, we were able to achieve strategic success and establish ourselves as a leader in the enterprise virtual reality market of the triangle”

    Mike Mcardle // CPO & Co-Founder // Lucid Dreams

  • #VMScompany

    We used VMS to help guide us in our scaling process until we exited to a public company. ”

    Jared Pelo // Former CEO // iScribes

  • #VMScompany

    When we started with VMS, there was just the two of us. We got connected with two wonderful mentors who helped us navigate some early challenges with the company, both in terms of strategy as well as making a decision around potentially joining an accelerator program or taking investment. It was a phenomenal experience.”

    Drew Shiller // Co-Founder & CEO // Validic

VMS Resources and forms

We are looking for experienced professionals to help take entrepreneurial companies further faster. You can access important documents here


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