Coaches on Call
A professional mentoring program for entrepreneurial students provided by the Stanford Entrepreneurship Network (SEN). The goal is to enable students interested in entrepreneurship to obtain informal, practical advice from industry professionals, who make themselves available during prearranged “office hours.”
During these “office hours”, students gather advice from industry professional. Different industries will be covered, offering a variety of topics students can pick from.
Sign-up procedure for students:
The website will list who will be available, what the coach’s field of expertise is and what time the coach will be available. Students select a meeting time from the options presented and submit a short write-up as to why he/she wants to see the coach. The student will email his/her request to Angela Hayward, who will manage the sign-ups and scheduling.
Coaches volunteer for a total of two hours and conduct up to four 30-minute appointments with individual students. Students may ask for advice on various issues ranging from best practices for starting and financing a company, to feedback on a particular aspect of a business plan, based on the expertise of the executive with whom they are meeting. Students are not allowed to ask for funding or a job.
This service is only available to Stanford University students.
What is required of me, if I sign up to coach?
We ask for a two-hour commitment on campus, scheduled at your convenience. During that time, you will conduct up to four mentoring sessions of 30 minutes each. All you need to do is show up. Though we will provide you with information about the students’ interests in advance, these meetings do not require any preparation on your part; it is the student’s responsibility to prepare questions appropriate for your area of expertise.
What if there is down time during my visit as a coach?
You will have access to the Stanford wireless network while on campus.
Do students sign up in advance and are they given information about my expertise at that time? Am I also given information about them in advance?
Yes. We will list the coaches coming to campus, their backgrounds, and which time slots are available. A student selects a meeting time from the options presented and submits a short write-up as to why he/she wants to see the coach. We will give you this information in advance, so you will have an idea as to what questions the student will ask.
How do I indicate my interest in being a coach?