Leaders and change-makers who offer high-level organization consultation.

Corinna Skema Snyder, PhD PwC

Corinna Skema Snyder, PhD

Mike McSherry Fordham Foundry, E&Y

Mike McSherry
Fordham Foundry, E&Y

Amanda Turnbull Turner

Amanda Turnbull

Andy Saldana NY Tech Alliance

Andy Saldana
NY Tech Alliance


Professionals in event development and execution, offering guidance to the accelerator

and affiliated startups.



Innovators who provide startups with operational insights, networking, and growth opportunities.

John Fox

John Fox

Valerie Toscano Valiant Mind

Valerie Toscano
Valiant Mind

Michael Weiss World's Fair USA

Michael Weiss
World's Fair USA

Glen Patterson Zahn Innovation Center, SxSW

Glen Patterson
Zahn Innovation Center, SxSW

Alle Fister Bollare

Alle Fister

Soren West Soren West Agency

Soren West
Soren West Agency

Mark Spencer Digium

Mark Spencer

Karl Kilb Boloro Global

Karl Kilb
Boloro Global

Bill Samuels Scarinci Hollenbeck

Bill Samuels
Scarinci Hollenbeck

Michael Huffstetler Galvanize NY

Michael Huffstetler
Galvanize NY

Aaron Price Propelify

Aaron Price

Glenn Clayton Spur

Glenn Clayton

Wallace Patterson nTopology, HVAMC

Wallace Patterson
nTopology, HVAMC

Andy Smith Daily Burn

Andy Smith
Daily Burn

The MENTOR Doctrine

Our mentors are individuals with extensive industry, investment, and/or entrepreneurship experience. They work with FUTURES startups, without expectation of reward or compensation, and are here to share their knowledge and guidance freely, often opening up their own networks.  Our mentors are what make us unique, and the success of each startup is partially a result of the generous contributions of each mentor.  So what does it take to be a mentor?

  • Be altruistic; expect nothing in return
  • Tell the truth and be opinionated
  • Listen
  • Hold information in confidence
  • Know what you don’t know; nobody is perfect
  • Guide, don’t control. Teams must make their own decisions
  • Be willing to let advice come from other mentors as well
  • Stay postive
  • Be challenging and provide specific actionable advice

The Notable Points

  1. 6-month increments (January – June & July – December). We require mentors to commit a minimum of 3 hours of their time in each quarter, for a total of 6 hours during each cohort. Although this is the minimum time you’re pledging to commit, we encourage you to devote as much additional time as you may see fit.
  2. Stay in touch! We only know as much as you tell us about your interest, your availability, and your ability
  3. There are many reasons to mentor; know what your reasons are and make sure they are the right ones
  4. Remember that much of what you’ll be exposed to is highly confidential, sometimes including the company’s participation in FUTURES, so please do not discuss the company outside the FUTURES walls without the company’s permission