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

Startup Aggieland is a globally ranked signature program of the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship

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Since 1999, the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship has provided leadership in multi-disciplined entrepreneurship programs at Texas A&M University. The McFerrin Center is the managing partner for Startup Aggieland, supported by Mays Business School; the College of Architecture; the College of Liberal Arts; the Office of the Vice President for Research; and the Texas A&M School of Law. Other Startup Aggieland partners include Blackstone LaunchPad at TAMU and Residence Life, which collaborates on operating our Startup Living Learning Community.

The McFerrin Center provides training, resources and networking opportunities to enterprising students, faculty, alumni and others by application. With the support of our volunteer mentors and the Aggie Network, corporate sponsors, faculty, and staff, the McFerrin Center offers world-class startup incubation and acceleration services, competitive opportunities, unique experiences, and financial resources from across the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, across the Aggie Network and internationally.

RICHARD LESTER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / THE McFERRIN CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT MAYS BUSINESS SCHOOL AND CLINICAL PROFESSOR IN MANAGEMENT
Dr. Richard Lester is Executive Director of The McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship and a Clinical Professor and also 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. Dick is a member of the Corporate Relations Committee for the Research Valley Partnership.
SHANNA SPENCER
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR / THE MCFERRIN CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Shanna Spencer is the Assistant Director for The McFerrin Center for 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 3-Day Startup, Aggie 100, Raymond Ideas Challenge and more.
NATHAN DAY
ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE / STARTUP AGGIELAND
SHAUN LOHSTROH
ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE / STARTUP AGGIELAND
CHRIS COCHRAN
ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE / STARTUP AGGIELAND
DAVID WESSON
ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE / STARTUP AGGIELAND
BLAKE PETTY
DIRECTOR / THE MCFERRIN CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF AGGIE ANGEL NETWORK
Blake Petty serves as Director of The McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship and serves as Executive Director of the Aggie Angel Network.  Blake also has worked for  the Texas A&M System, including ten years with the Office of Technology Commercialization. As AVP of Research, he coordinated all Innovation, Industry Relations and Business Development initiatives. Blake has facilitated commercialization and entrepreneurship opportunities for faculty researchers as a a member of the NSF I-Corps SW Node Teaching Team. Blake is a member of the Small Business Committee for the Research Valley Partnership.
CHARLES HINTON
Program Director / NSF Innovation Corps - SW Node
Charles Hinton is Program Director for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Southwest Node at The McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship. He also is an Adjunct Lecturer in Management at Mays. In 2017, Chuck founded The Discovery Lab at Startup Aggieland. He previously had a successful career in natural gas exploration, drilling and production. He also served as chairman of the board of directors for the International Association of Drilling Contractors in Houston. Chuck is a 2016 Fish Camp Namesake.
MARK BOWLES
ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE / Startup Aggieland
WAYNE ROBERTS
ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE / Startup Aggieland
ANDRE THOMAS
ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE / Startup Aggieland
PHIL MINER
ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE / Startup Aggieland
DON LEWIS
BLACKSTONE LAUNCHPAD DIRECTOR STARTUP AGGIELAND ASST DIRECTOR MAYS EXECUTIVE PROFESSOR
Executive Professor Don Lewis is a co-founder of Startup Aggieland and teaches multidisciplinary classes on entrepreneurship and management for Mays Business School. He also teaches a Study Abroad class on Cuba Business in the Center for International Business Studies. Professor Lewis serves as Chairman of the AM Innovation Center and Brazos Valley Cares; 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 and Lockheed Martin Award recipient. Don is Chairman of the Research Valley Innovation Center.
Sophia Bishop
Program Coordinator / Blackstone LaunchPad at TAMU
Sophia Bishop is a 2017 graduate of Texas A&M University with a BBA in Marketing with a focus on analytics. At the BXLaunchPad, Sophia strategizes with Student Venture Coaches on methods to register 10% of the Texas A&M student population on an entrepreneurship-ecosystem platform called Ideator. She manages a team of student workers, who gather insights from 19 other co-institutions to learn the best and worst methods for student recruitment. As an undergraduate, Sophia was a student worker at The McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship.
MATT CHILEK
ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE / STARTUP AGGIELAND
BRIAN KRALYEVICH
ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE / STARTUP AGGIELAND
PHIL GRAVES
ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE / STARTUP AGGIELAND
GRAHAM WESTON
ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE / STARTUP AGGIELAND
SHELLY BRENCKMAN
STARTUP AGGIELAND ACCELERATOR STAFF / THE MCFERRIN CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Shelly Brenckman is a co-founder of Startup Aggieland and the Startup Living Learning Program. She developed the McFerrin Mentor Network and High School Entrepreneurship Camp. She is adviser to an award-winning recognized student organization called CEO.  Shelly was an adjunct lecturer in Management at Mays. She is a 2015 International Brandmaster of the Year. Shelly founded and ran two corporations for 20 years. An iNBIA-certified incubator manager and trainer, she received Aggie Women's Legacy Award and is a 2015 Fish Camp Namesake. Shelly is a member of the Corporate Relations Committee for the Research Valley Partnership.
LAURALEE HUGHES
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR NEW VENTURES / MCFERRIN CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
LauraLee Hughes serves as Assistant Director New Ventures for the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the Center, she served as Executive Director for the Office of Technology Translation at the Texas A&M Division of Research and at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, where she led efforts in tech commercialization, including management of the university’s IP portfolio for health, life and physical sciences. Previously, LauraLee worked at the Texas A&M University System Office of Strategic Initiatives.
MARK ROENIGK
ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE / STARTUP AGGIELAND
FADI KALAOUZE
ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE / STARTUP AGGIELAND
DAVE SMITH
ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE / STARTUP AGGIELAND
MICHAEL DESCHENEAUX
ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE / STARTUP AGGIELAND

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

VISIT: http://mays.tamu.edu/mcferrin-center-for-entrepreneurship/

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

APRIL LOVELADY
BIOMEDICAL / SYSTEMS ENGINEER & ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
April Lovelady is the co-founder of Voyager Medical Devices and a graduate of the TMCx Accelerator in Houston. April currently teaches at Prairie View A&M University and was previously a PhD researcher at Louisiana State University, who taught civil and environmental engineering courses related to water quality; and mechanical engineering courses, including thermodynamics and automatic controls. She was a control systems engineer and project manager for the Sustainable Systems Division of Kennedy Space Center.
ANDY HANSEN
CARDIAC SURGEON / INVESTOR / ENTREPRENEUR
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
ASSISTANT DEPARTMENT HEAD / VIZ LAB / COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE
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.

ALAN (DR. GLOW) GLOWCZWSKI, MD
RADIOLOGIST / INVESTOR / ENTREPRENEUR
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.
TERRENCE MURPHY SR
CEO & INVESTOR / ENTREPRENEUR