GROUP MENTORING

Mentor Mashup is a large group mentoring session that takes place each Wednesday night from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Startup Aggieland. Startup teams are assigned to one of three categories: Lifestyle for revenue-generating companies that are already operating; Incubation (validation) for idea-stage teams in the Lean Launch program; and Acceleration (execution) for actively-launching startups that have completed our Lean Launch program and gained traction.

REMOTE MENTORING

Remote Mentoring occurs in several ways, depending on a startup's specific needs. Startup Aggieland maintains an exclusive, highly-qualified stable of successful startup veterans with strong pedigrees and proven track records. These mentors have been known to fly in from the East and West Coasts to meet with their startup clients or to fly their clients to meet with them in other states. Remote mentors only work with our most advanced and investable ventures.

TEAM MENTORING

Startup Aggieland Client Companies are assigned Certified Mentors when teams advance to the Acceleration stage of our program. Our trained and certified mentors bring a wealth of knowledge, resources and contacts to client companies. Teams in the Acceleration stage meet twice-weekly with their mentors. A minimum of two mentors are assigned per startup. Subject Matter Experts or SMEs and student interns may also be assigned to a startup team.

MEET OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Since its inception in 1999, The Center for New Ventures & Entrepreneurship (CNVE) has served provided leadership in multi-disciplined entrepreneurship programs at Texas A&M University. CNVE is the managing partner for Startup Aggieland, supported by four colleges at Texas A&M, the Texas A&M School of Law,  Residence Life, the Office of the Vice President for Research  and the Research Valley Partnership. The Blackstone Foundation is also a Startup Aggieland partner.

CNVE provides training, resources and networking opportunities to enterprising students, faculty and alumni. With the support of our volunteer mentors and the Aggie Network, corporate supporters, faculty, and staff, CNVE offers world-class startup incubation and acceleration services, competitive opportunities, unique experiences, and financial support to aspiring entrepreneurs in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, across the Aggie Network and internationally.

RICHARD LESTER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / CENTER FOR NEW VENTURES & ENTREPRENEURSHIP MAYS CLINICAL PROFESSOR
Dr. Richard Lester is Executive Director of The Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship and a Clinical Professor in the Management Dept. at Mays Business School. Dick teaches in Mays' Center for Executive Development and Professional MBA programs. His research has appeared in the Academy of Management Review and other academic journals. Dick's earlier career included 25 years with primarily O&G firms. His last position was as VP & GM of Triten Corp. Dick is Co-PI for the NSF Innovation Corps-SW Node and a 2014 Fish Camp Namesake.
SHANNA SPENCER
CNVE PROGRAM MANAGER & ADVISER TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP SOCIETY
Shanna Spencer is the program manager for the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship. Shanna graduated with her BS in Kinesiology from Texas A&M in 2004. After graduation, she worked as a marketing coordinator for Conference USA in Irving. Shanna returned to Texas A&M and earned her MS in Kinesiology in 2007. As a graduate student, she worked for Texas A&M Sports Properties and continued as the promotions coordinator upon graduation. Shanna is responsible for CNVE's 3-Day Startup, Aggie 100, Ideas Challenge, ESociety and more.
BLAKE PETTY
DIRECTOR / CENTER FOR NEW VENTURES & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Blake Petty is the director of the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship.  Blake has worked for the university and the Texas A&M System, including ten years with the Office of Technology Commercialization and most recently as assistant vice president of Research. As AVP Research, he coordinated all Innovation, Industry Relations and Business Development initiatives at Texas A&M. Blake facilitated commercialization and entrepreneurship opportunities for the campus and its faculty researchers. Blake is a member of the NSF I-Corps SW Node Teaching Team.
CHUCK HINTON
CNVE Program Director / NSF Innovation Corps - SW Node
Chuck Hinton is Program Director for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program. Chuck represents CNVE as part of the Southwest I-Corps Node. He previously had a successful career in natural gas exploration, drilling and production. Chuck served as chairman of the board of directors for the International Association of Drilling Contractors in Houston. Chuck mentors at Startup Aggieland and previously as a lead mentor at Seed Sumo in 2014. He is actively involved with local organizations. Chuck is a 2016 Fish Camp Namesake.
STARTUP AGGIELAND ASST DIRECTOR MAYS EXECUTIVE PROFESSOR
Professor Don Lewis manages Startup Aggieland and teaches eight multidisciplinary classes on entrepreneurship, small business management and innovative product design for Mays Business School in the Management Department with CNVE. He serves as Chairman of the Research Valley Innovation Center and Brazos Valley Cares, both local non-profit organizations; and is a member of the College Station ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors. Don is a Koldus Award-winning educator and Newman 10 Award-winning businessman. He also is a 2016 Fish Camp Namesake.
STARTUP AGGIELAND ADVISER
Chris Valletta is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, TV personality and former NFL Player who uses athletic-performance principles to achieve business success. Chris has an established track record of launching and scaling multi-million dollar ventures. He is Co-Founder of MISSION Athletecare and author of “Team WORKS!”. Chris built retail distribution from 200 stores in 2008 to more than 10,000 in 2014 and $100 Million in sales. Chris is a sought-after speaker for top-tier universities, professional development programs and business teams looking for a performance edge.
SHELLY BRENCKMAN
STARTUP AGGIELAND MARKETING COORDINATOR & MAYS LECTURER
Startup Aggieland Marketing Coordinator Shelly Brenckman teaches a multidisciplinary entrepreneurship course as a Mays Business School Lecturer in the Management Department with CNVE and manages Startup Living Learning Community (Dormcubator); Shark Frenzy; First Look; etc. Shelly is the 2015 International Brand Master of the Year and an award-winning designer. Shelly founded and led two corporations from 1996 - 2016. She is an iNBIA-certified incubator manager/trainer; a 2015 Women's Former Students Network Legacy Award recipient and a 2015 Fish Camp Namesake.
STARTUP AGGIELAND COACH
Chris Westfall has coached clients onto Shark Tank, Shark Tank Australia and Dragon's Den in the United Kingdom. The U.S. National Elevator Pitch Champion, Chris has helped entrepreneurs to raise millions of dollars from investors. He is the producer and co-host of The 118 Pitch Course with Bloomberg TV's Jeffrey Hayzlett. Chris' latest book is called BulletProof Branding (2014), follow-up to the best seller, The NEW Elevator Pitch. His clients have won the Rice Business Plan Competition; Intel Global Capital Conference; Baylor New Ventures Competition; SEC Pitch Competition, among others.

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT OTHER CNVE PROGRAMS AND HOW TO CONTRIBUTE AS AN ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBER OR SPEAKER, PLEASE CONTACT DR. RICHARD LESTER: RLESTER@MAYS.TAMU.EDU

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MEET SOME OF OUR MENTORS

Startup Aggieland Mentors are volunteers.

Prospective mentors are certified by Startup Aggieland after successful completion of a training process that includes video and test modules. Mentors in-training must also shadow a Lead Mentor and advise an Incubation-stage client for one semester. The training process is designed to familiarize prospective mentors with common terms and application of theories used in Lean Startup methodology; and also with the Launchpad Central and ProSeeder platforms used by client companies. Startup Aggieland's Assistant Director retains final approval of all mentors.

Interested in mentoring? Contact Marketing & Mentoring Coordinator Shelly Brenckman: startupaggieland@tamu.edu

JOHN PANTANO
DIRECTOR / CHEVRON BASIN MODELING CENTER OF RESEARCH IN BERG-HUGHES CENTER FOR PETROLEUM & SEDIMENTARY SYSTEMS
Dr. John Pantano is Director of the Chevron Basin Modeling Center of Research within Texas A&M University's Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum & Sedimentary Systems. He also is Founder of Green Ultimate Recovery LLC, which develops and tests novel processes to increase hydrocarbon recovery and extend the life of existing infrastructure. Green Ultimate Recovery was named the Most Promisin Company at Rice Alliance Startup Roundup during the Offshore Technology Conference in 2015.
APRIL LOVELADY
BIOMEDICAL / SYSTEMS ENGINEER & ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
April Lovelady is entrepreneurial lead at a Texas A&M research lab that develops medical devices to inhibit bacterial colonization on catheters, reducing risk of infection. April was previously a PhD researcher at Louisiana State University and an adjunct at Prairie View A&M University who taught civil and environmental engineering courses related to water quality; and mechanical engineering courses, including thermodynamics and automatic controls. From 2003 - 2009, she was a control systems engineer and project manager for the Sustainable Systems Division of Kennedy Space Center.
BRANDIS KELLER
ASSISTANT RESEARCH SCIENTIST / TEES BIOMEDICAL DEVICE LAB
Dr. Brandis Keller has a strong background in biomedical imaging, endovascular device histology and evaluation, biofluid mechanics, rehabilitation engineering and clinical-engineering solutions. Her experience also includes working with implantable cardiovascular devices (stents, pacemakers and leads, valves, grafts, pumps, prostheses, etc). Brandis has experience with designing, building and testing electronic and mechanical devices; speech communication software; and interventional devices, including those based on shape memory polymer (SMP).
T GETTERMAN
CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT RETIRED CFO - SUPERCUTS
T Getterman is the founder and owner of several companies. The retired CFO of Supercuts, T recently retired to College Station from Austin. He is an active member of the Bryan Rotary Club and other organizations. T is head adviser for our  2015-16 Young Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program and a Lead Mentor at Startup Aggieland. His focus is on helping client companies with tax accounting and entity reporting requirements as well as equity vesting strategies. T serves on the board of directors with a company that has graduated from our program -- Lynx Toys.
BARBARA KLEIN
INSTRUCTOR / GRAPHIC, WEB, ANIMATION & GAME DESIGN
Barbara Klein is a high school instructor at College Station ISD. Her 14 years of secondary and post-secondary teaching experience includes leading national award-winning student teams in 3-D Animation and short independent films. Barbara is proficient in Adobe and WordPress programs. Barbara's students contract with client companies at Startup Aggieland to develop the clients' branding and product videos. Fees collected are treated as donations to the high school students' visual arts club. Barbara also is a member of Weather General, a Startup Aggieland client.
LALENA STAVINOHA
CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT

Lalena Stavinoha is the founder & CEO of The PAX Solution and a CPA. She was CFO of  The Flippen Group for 15 years where she was responsible for strategic planning and managing operations for the accounting, legal, finance and IT departments. Prior to The Flippen Group, Lalena was CFO of WellVia in Bryan; and served one year as Controller and five years as CFO of The MedLeh Group and affiliates, a diverse group of companies providing document and technology solutions for the legal industry, software development, real estate development and tailored clothing. She was formerly an auditor with Deloitte & Touche.

RYAN MILLS
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST FOR BMI DEFENSE SYSTEMS INC.
Ryan Mills works with manufacturing and marketing of engineered products for the military, law enforcement and consumer markets. His duties at BMI include brand strategy, market analysis, trade show exhibition, website design, social media content and graphic design. Ryan is a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve. As a Tactical Psychological Operations Detachment NCOIC, Ryan is responsible for the training, welfare and professional development of Tactical PSYOP teams (TPT); and equipment valued in excess of $3.5 million.
ALAN (DR. GLOW) GLOWCZWSKI, MD
RADIOLOGIST & SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR

Alan Glowczwski, MD (Dr. Glow) is a diagnostic and interventional Radiologist who also is Imaging Director of the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS) on west campus. Alan is founder of Scepter Medical Devices, LLC, which is a startup company working on dialysis access devices. His Voyager product won at the Texas New Ventures Competition 2016. He is an investor with Research Valley Fund and Maroon Fund; and also a member of Aggie Angel Network, based at Startup Aggieland. Alan also owns Jake's Feed and Animal Center LLC in Longview; and Ropesforless.com.

ANGELA GOMEZ
Manager of Continuing Education Programs for Cardinal Health Innovative Delivery Solutions
Dr. Angela Gomez assists more than 3,000 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with developing professional development plans. She regularly consults with the Texas A&M College of Pharmacy and operates as an independent consultant to assist companies with documentation designed to educate consumers on the proper use of the products. Dr. Gomez was a volunteer mentor for part of Dr. Adam Steele's MaroonX accelerator program in 2015. She is a Subject Matter Expert at Startup Aggieland and Virtual Mentor for Startup Academy.
DALE COPE
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DEPT
Dr. Dale Cope's research interests are in development of unmanned aerial systems (UASs) for a wide variety of commercial and civil applications.  He is conducting research for Texas A&M AgriLife related to using UASs for remote sensing.  Dale recently completed the NSF Innovation Corps SW Node program. Dale previously served as Director of Industry Assistance for TEES. In addition to a distinguished career as an aviation research scientist and senior structural engineer, Dale distinguished himself as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He also is a tech adviser to the local SBDC.
BRET DAVIS
FBI Special Agent and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Bret W. Davis of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas
Bret W. Davis served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was assigned to HMX-1 Squadron (Marine One), Quantico. He obtained a J.D. (Law) from St. Mary’s University before entering the FBI as a Special Agent in 1995. After serving as a Supervisory Special Agent in the Financial Crimes Section at FBIHQ, Agent Davis was appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA), where he has prosecuted theft of trade secret, intellectual property and cyber intrusion cases. He is currently the Strategic Partnership Coordinator for the FBI - Houston.
TERRENCE MURPHY
CEO, BROKER & INVESTOR
After a successful football career at Texas A&M, Terrence Murphy (3-Time Academic All-Big 12 Honors) graduated and was drafted in the 2nd round (58th overall pick) by the Green Bay Packers. When he retired from the NFL, real estate investing and development became his passion. Terrence launched TM5 Properties after acquiring rental properties in Bryan-College Station. An Aggie 100 member, TM5 Properties now consists of a real estate brokerage, acquisitions division, rental locator and construction development.  Terrence ranks in the top 1% of Realtors locally for sales volume.