Mentor ProgramThe single most important aspect of success of our portfolio companies is the mentoring and connections they will receive from experts in the industry. Mentors have a profound impact on the entrepreneurs. It is common for the mentors become integral to the company and are themselves introduced to new ways of thinking, doing and growing businesses.
The mentor pool is from a wide range of industries, with about half coming from the insurance industry. Tech, legal, HR, marketing, capital, and design are other areas represented to offer the startups a wide range of resources. Insurance is a complex industry, with lots of roles, with that in mind, we are sure to gather a well-rounded group of mentors. Our insurance-focused mentors cover a broad range of insurance areas such as underwriting, actuarial, claims, and IT.
There are just over 110 insurance-focused mentors, of which approximately 64 work in Central Iowa and meet the startups face-to-face. Mentors from outside Iowa typically meet the startups via Hangouts or Skype, and sometimes make the trip to Des Moines to meet face-to-face.