Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies
VCET
 
 
 
 
 
 
  The Center maintains a standing group of business mentors who are called upon to work with client businesses. The mentor group consists of CEOs of local companies, seasoned entrepreneurs, and business professionals from a range of industries with a variety of business experiences. As such, they possess a broad range of business experience, which can be matched to address individual client needs. These individuals have a “real world” appreciation of the problems that businesses face and the experience to assist new entrepreneurs in avoiding or overcoming obstacles to future development.  
  For each client company, the Center draws expertise from the mentor pool from those who have the background and experience appropriate for each individual firm’s needs. Creating and matching a mentor team with a client firm is an evolutionary process: mentors may drop out or be replaced as clients’ needs change in order to ensure a solid and productive working relationship between the team and the client. The mentor team works in conjunction with VCET’s President and Program Manager in counseling client firms.  
  Mentors may also offer client companies networking opportunities with other entrepreneurs, business people, professionals and organizations in the community.  
 
  Mentors themselves can expect to benefit from their affiliation with the Center as members of a highly selective, dynamic and well-respected business development initiative. Further, mentors will have the opportunity to participate managerially (if there is a match) and financially in some of the region’s fastest growing start-up firms.  
 
  If you are interested in providing advisory and/or mentoring services, please contact us at (802) 656-3880.  
 
     
  The Center has assembled a group of individuals to serve as business “advisors.” These advisors supplement the mentor services, typically consulting with clients on individual projects or issues. The “advisor pool” includes service providers from a variety of disciplines, e.g., accounting, banking, legal, etc. While in most instances, advisors are asked to consult on specific needs of client firms, it is possible that a mentor – an entrepreneur or executive – may work on individual issues as well.

Advisors also offer client companies networking opportunities with other entrepreneurs, business people, professionals and organizations in the community.
 
 
     
  Advisors themselves can expect to benefit from their affiliation with VCET as members of a highly selective, dynamic and well-respected business development initiative. Further, serving as an advisor may prove as an excellent means of generating future clients and contacts in the business community. Advisors may also invest personally in client companies.

Advisors may agree to offer their services to the Center’s clients at one of the following three levels:
 
  Level One
Advisors offer at least three hours of their services on a pro-bono basis to each active VCET client. Should the VCET client require services beyond the initial hours offered, those services shall be offered at a discounted rate. Once VCET clients “graduate” from the Center, continued services are available at the standard, undiscounted rate.
 
  Level Two
Advisors offer one hour of their services on a pro-bono basis to each active VCET client. Should the VCET client require services beyond the initial hour offered, those services shall be offered at a discounted rate. Once VCET clients “graduate” from the Center, continued services are available at the standard, undiscounted rate.
 
  Level Three
Advisors offer their services at a discounted rate to all active VCET clients. Once VCET clients “graduate” from the Center, continued services are available at the standard, undiscounted rate.
 
 
 
 
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