Network pairs new businesses with experienced leaders

The Entrepreneurs Center maintains its hub on East Monument Avenue in downtown Dayton. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
The Entrepreneurs Center maintains its hub on East Monument Avenue in downtown Dayton. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

Parallax Advanced Research is offering a way to pair new entrepreneurs with experienced business leaders.

It’s called the “Launch Dayton Mentor Network.”

“The goal of the program is to foster a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem where business owners of all stages, industries and demographics experience success, become sustainable and scale their companies,” said Parallax Program Manager KeAnna Daniels.

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The Launch Dayton Mentor Network will be managed by Parallax Advanced Research on behalf of Launch Dayton, an entrepreneurial resource effort. The new network is made possible through Ohio Third Frontier funding via The Entrepreneurs Center in Dayton.

“It has long been a goal to offer a robust mentor network to connect innovative startup founders to the wealth of expertise available through our region’s top business leaders,” said Scott Koorndyk, president of The Entrepreneurs Center. “Mentorship has been shown to make a difference in the success of startups; we’re thrilled to offer this benefit to Dayton entrepreneurs with the Launch Dayton Mentor Network.”

Scott Koorndyk, president of The Entrepreneurs Center.
Scott Koorndyk, president of The Entrepreneurs Center.

“Being a Launch Dayton partner is important to the overall work we’re doing at Parallax Advanced Research in support of innovation and creativity,” said Parallax Advanced Research CEO Dennis Andersh. “Our Launch Dayton team is our local arm that supports the innovation ecosystem, and we are excited to be a part of a new project to embolden innovative entrepreneurs and help make their ideas successful.”

Dennis Andersh. FILE
Dennis Andersh. FILE

Network managers are recruiting both mentors and mentees for the effort, which will kick off in early 2021.

There are 25 mentor spots open for the pilot run of the program. Interviews with applicants will begin in January 2021.

To qualify to be a mentor, you must be a current or former founder, owner, principal, executive or senior officer of a company or business.

Mentees will be expected to commit to the mentoring process and the relationship with assigned mentors.

Learn more and apply to be part of the Launch Dayton Mentor Network here: https://bit.ly/LDMentorNetwork.

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