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SCCF Mentors

The importance of mentorship in the ecosystem

Mentors are a critical aspect of any successful entrepreneurial ecosystem. 


Mentors support and guide entrepreneurs by sharing their experience, knowledge, network, and best practices. Stories of success and failure can be great sources of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs. Mentors have the ability to steer entrepreneurs towards success, to listen, challenge, and support the other throughout the process, to provide ‘realistic optimism’ for the mentee when it comes to addressing the mentee’s challenges, and to reveal blind spots the entrepreneur may have about their idea or business


It can truly be a life-changing relationship and one that can mean the difference between the success of a business and its failure!


The word “mentor” is a verb, but it is also a noun. It is a reciprocal title that is given by the mentee. Once a relationship of trust and mutual respect has developed, you truly become a mentor when someone refers to you as, “My mentor” - a truly powerful gift!

Become a mentor

Mentors with SCCF interact with entrepreneurs and our greater ecosystem in many different ways: one-on-one mentorship with members of our Startup Shenandoah Valley Accelerator and Business Bootcamp programs, workshop leaders, panelists for special events or at our annual Entrepreneurship Summit, or as subject matter experts. 

The SCCF is looking for mentors from all backgrounds, with varying experiences and perspectives. If you are interested in providing a Shenandoah Valley entrepreneur with your mentorship, please contact SCCF below.

Hear from some of our mentors

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