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VMT Chapters

Expanding Our Impact

Venture Mentoring Team Chapters are thriving hubs of in-person collaboration, embodying the vibrant culture of the VMT. Our chapters operate as local epicenters of entrepreneurial spirit, where the theoretical merges with the practical, and mentorship translates into actionable growth.

By fostering face-to-face interactions, the VMT enriches the mentor-mentee dynamic, enabling deeper understanding and stronger relationships. Our chapters actively enhance partnerships with community stakeholders, including university accelerator programs, local entrepreneurship supporters, and the venture capital community. These collaborations not only amplify the resources available to entrepreneurs but also integrate The VMT’s mission deeply into the fabric of local business ecosystems. This synergy cultivates a fertile ground for innovation, where startups receive tailored, comprehensive support, and community partners witness the tangible impact of our involvement, marking the Venture Mentoring Team  as a vital cornerstone for regional economic and entrepreneurial development.

Silicon Valley Chapter, at San Jose State University,

Chapter President: Mark Szelenyi

[email protected]

(650) 619-8304

New York Chapter

Chapter President: Katie Nowak

[email protected]

(313) 268-0720

North Florida Chapter

Chapter President: Roger Hoss

[email protected]

(916) 799-7390

Palm Beach Chapter

Chapter Co-Presidents:  Yenvy Truong & Shana Ostrovitz

[email protected]

(786) 683-9422

[email protected]

(561) 536-7649

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