Nomadic Mentors is a selective group of experienced entrepreneurs and technologists who have raised over $2 billion in Venture Capital.
They want to travel to developing ecosystems and share their knowledge.
Entrepreneurship and innovation are hard. Really hard. So many of the best practices and learnings - from how to build a thriving startup ecosystem to raising money and scaling a product - are best shared in person. It’s tradecraft, handed down from mentor to mentee.
"Entrepreneurs are starving for quality mentors. Startup communities around the world have the hunger and potential to do big things, but lack the experience - we should not and can not recreate learnings from scratch. Even just bringing in one successful founder from a place like San Francisco to give a presentation and some 1-on-1 mentoring has made our community so much stronger." - Voja Lalich, Founder of StartLabs incubator in Belgrade, Serbia.
Nomadic Mentors only accepts entrepreneurs or key team members who’ve built something notable, people with a meaningful track record in technology, or similarly exceptional community leaders.
In many cases, to host a mentor you just have to cover the cost of transportation and lodging. In exchange, a mentor gets to travel the world, make new connections, learn through teaching, and have a meaningful impact on a developing ecosystem.
Nomadic Mentors is a great way to take a break from work, add a side trip onto an existing plan, or spend the “in between” time after an exit or before starting a new project.
You probably got help from others along the way. Quality people outside the few major ecosystems are starving for that kind of guidance. You can pay it forward while seeing the world, making new friends, and learning new things along the way.
Nomadic Mentors is a highly selective group. In addition to only accepting entrepreneurs or people in the technology field who have accomplished something notable, we select for the skill of mentorship - do they actually provide value, avoid bias, etc.
We present you with screened, relevant opportunities. It’s always your choice which ones to take. Most opportunities are for a day or two of work, with a few longer term engagements. In most cases, the hosts will pay for your travel and lodging.
Are you an accelerator, university, community event (such as a Startup Weekend), investor, or NGO or governmental group focused on improving your ecosystem?
Access to quality mentorship is one of the single most important ingredients for a healthy, innovative, and entrepreneurial ecosystem. The cycle of helping, learning, iterating, and giving back is one of the keys to success for Silicon Valley.
Yet outside of the main hubs like San Francisco, it’s very hard to find the right kind of “been there, done that” mentors. In fact, many unqualified mentors do more harm than good, such as giving advice that contradicts modern lean startup principles.
It’s worth it to bring in high quality mentors in exchange for the cost of an airline ticket and hotel. If you're serious about bringing in quality mentors, let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll make the right connections. No cost, no obligation.