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Our Community Partnerships

The Venture Mentoring Team is the connective tissue that bonds experienced mentors with incubator programs, accelerator programs, co-working spaces, educational programs, angel investors, venture capitalists and other community partners whose missions align with ours. Our role is to grow strong connections with our community partners, creating positive impact across both the local and national business landscapes.

Click on the video link below to learn more from Pam Rauch, VP of External Affairs at Florida Power & Light and VMT Certified Mentor about how The VMT works with our  community partners.

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We support our Community Partners and help them build programs that are maximally effective.

We assist minority-owned small business owners and help them make operational, tactical and strategic decisions that support their growth and help them achieve needed financing.

We identify startups that meet the criteria of the investors in our orbit and facilitate introductions when the companies we mentor are ready for them.

Programs that provide grants to startups and small businesses are eager to engage with the VMT for the significant extra value we provide — expert mentoring from successful corporate and entrepreneurial professionals representing every arena of the business world.

The VMT’s proven program is worth far more to startups and small businesses than grant dollars alone. That is why corporate programs such as Office Depot’s Elevate Together and Target Corporation’s Forward Founders Accelerator partner with us. Funding is impactful but mentoring combined with funding is a true force multiplier. Corporate dollars are better spent, and powerful business impact is achieved.

For more information about how your organization or corporation can partner with the VMT please reach out to Terri-Ann Brown at [email protected].

Partner with The VMT

The Venture Mentoring Team acts as the connective tissue in the communities we serve, bringing together community organizations, educational institutions, incubators, accelerator programs, angel investors, and venture capital. Through our efforts, each of these entities interface with one another via a business ecosystem that benefits all parties.


The VMT partners with Angel Investors and VCs to create deal flow within the investor community. 

Incubators, Accelerators, Colleges & Universities

VMT Certified Mentors support local programs as facilitators, specialty mentors, facilitators, and lecturers.  Our mentors are trained, certified and complete a background check.

Community Organizations

 The VMT aligns with the missions of community organizations and develops training to augment the existing Business Development programs of our community partners and continue the learning path for the startups and small businesses.

Our Partners

Alan B. Levan Center of Innovation
Lab Miami
New World Nagels
Startup FIU
University of Miami
Black Girl Ventures
Babson Win Lab
Miami Angels
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Lynn University
Broward College
Florida Funders
Right Management
SBDC Florida
Florida Atlantic University
Las Olas Venture Capital
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Black Angels Miami
Target Forward Founders
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Florida Atlantic University

The path taken by entrepreneurs is never a straight line and is full of twists and turns that often require expertise and guidance from professionals outside of the organization. We at 2nd Vault could not be more grateful and appreciative of the time and knowledge provided to us by the Venture Mentoring Team. Every minute spent with our mentoring team is time well spent and invested. The VMT mentoring team is a perfectly crafted group of professionals that all have meaningful direction and insights to provide. The VMT mentors keep us focused on what is in front of us systematically, helping to lead our company to scale. We feel so fortunate to have been selected as mentees of the VMT and hope to pay it forward in the future.  Thank you for all you do and the impact you have on start-up founders, as there is no price one could ever assign to the value we have received.

Kevin C. Cox, phD, MSE

Senior Instructor and Assistant Director

Elevate Together

Office Depot initiated the Elevate Together program in 2021 partnering with The Venture Mentoring Team, the National Urban League and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to deliver impactful, measurable and scalable support services that foster business creation and growth opportunities for Black and Hispanic businesses.

It has been an honor to partner with the Venture Mentoring Team during Elevate Together’s launch and early stages. Their mentoring methodology and training set a high bar, and their mentors have been invaluable to our Elevate Together grant recipients.

We look forward to the VMT’s continued work with Urban League affiliates, Hispanic Chambers and other community partners to provide mentoring services to minority-owned small businesses as they grow and expand their mentoring services.

Sharu Goodwyn

National Manager, Community Investment, Elevate Together

Alex Price

National Director, Community Investment / Co-Leader, Diversity Council