Mentor Program

The NYC Media Lab Combine Mentor Program is a structured set of touch-points (examples: meetings, activities, communication channels) for Mentors in NYC Media Lab’s accelerator.

Mentors are exposed to the innovative startup ventures of the Combine cohort, and Mentors help develop the capacity of the teams as they approach the Final Demo Day of the program.



What are the objectives of the program?

  • Build a community of startup founders, corporate innovation executives, and faculty experts to support first-time entrepreneurs coming from NYC’s campuses

  • Help NYC Media Lab Combine teams get to their best possible MVP pitch that validates their product-market fit

  • Connect NYC Media Lab Combine teams to additional entrepreneurial resources (VC introductions, pitch competitions, later-stage accelerator programs, etc) in NYC’s digital media and technology ecosystem

  • Develop a stronger and more resilient digital media and technology entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in NYC


Who can participate as a Mentor?

  • NYC Media Lab Corporate Members

  • Startup founders who want to give back and share their experiences with first-time entrepreneurs

  • Corporate executives from strategy, venture, R&D, marketing, business development, design, engineering, and data science. We recommend Mentors have 6+ years of business experience.

  • Faculty experts who can share their entrepreneurial experiences

  • If you are interested in this program, we invite you to join


How does the program work?

  • Prospective Mentors are asked to apply here. 

  • Mentors are asked to commit ~10 to 12 hours of their time in outlined activities throughout January through April

  • The program runs from January 11, 2018 (Kickoff) to April 13, 2018 (Final Demo Day).