Entrepreneurship isn’t easy. Whether you’ve been in business for a few months or many years, landing your first customers or expanding into foreign markets, growing a company means constantly dealing with challenges you’ve probably never dealt with before.
What many entrepreneurs don’t realize is that you don’t have to do it alone. The University of Alberta’s Venture Mentoring Service (UAlberta VMS) works to develop, inspire, and empower our alumni entrepreneurs by engaging them with teams of experienced Mentors. Our Mentors provide wise counsel to help VMS entrepreneurs better navigate through challenges.
UAlberta VMS focuses on the development of entrepreneurs through objective guidance and support. Our highly experienced Mentors cultivate strong business leaders, so they can grow their ventures and make a bigger impact on the world.
We typically run two intakes a year in the spring and in the fall. If you’re an alumni, faculty, or staff member running a growing venture, we invite you to apply for the VMS program using the online application form. Our Manager will then contact you to talk about next steps.
Support the Growth of VMS
Our volunteer mentors have helped to provide guidance for dozens of University of Alberta entrepreneurs since the UAlberta Venture Mentoring Program's inception in December 2013. They are all highly accomplished professionals, generously giving their time to our entrepreneurial community in order to develop, inspire and empower our University of Alberta entrepreneurs. This positively impacts the personal growth of our alumni and also contributes to a more diversified Alberta economy.
Our mentors and board advisors are volunteers. The university provides funds for the UAlberta VMS program staff and our current operating budget. As we continue to scale the program up to meet growing demand for new entrepreneur applicants, the resulting new program costs will exceed our existing budget — these include items like scaling our information technology systems, new educational activities for entrepreneurs, training for mentors to enable them to be more effective coaches and more.
Any member of the public (individual or corporation) can contribute to the growth of our community through the link below. Please feel free to reach out if you are interested in participating. Our entrepreneurs thank you for your support!