Wharton Alumni Mentors (WHAM)

WHAM:  a multi-country initiative embedded within local Wharton Alumni Clubs

Wharton Alumni volunteers sought to coach and mentor startups around Europe – one hour per week for approximately two months

Startups are currently facing unprecedented challenges and fast-changing circumstances.  You could really make a difference by volunteering just one hour a week to mentor an entrepreneur.  Wharton Alumni can help these companies with their previous experiences and business acumen.   Even if you have no direct experience with startups or small companies, a weekly hour-long conference call could bring a small stretched management team huge benefits, such as:  assessing strategic alternatives; providing feedback on pitch and marketing material; acting as a general sounding board; or utilising your network to help with any/all of the above.

WHAM is an informal volunteer organisation operating within the various European Wharton Clubs, each of which has a local coordinator who are there to help with any questions you many have.

WHAM is designed to be easy to implement:

  • Register here and list 2 or 3 industries or skills in which you are interested or knowledgeable
  • Wait for the Club to suggest a company that you could mentor
  • Access company information on the WAAN (Europe) page in Gust
  • Let us know if you think the suggested match is for you. There is no obligation to take any proffered assignment
  • Contact the company and get on with it!

Do feel free to spread the word to any businesses you know that you think could benefit from the WHAM program (we have a suggested email template to use which you can download here).   It will take us some time to build a list of such companies, but we are sure there are many out there!

Please note that we are using Gust out of convenience, and not as an indication that any potential mentees are raising capital or require any investment from a mentor.  However, capital is often on an entrepreneur’s mind, and (to the extent agreed to by any mentee) coordination with the Wharton Alumni Angel Network is encouraged (along with any other relevant angel business groups).

Contacts:

Jérôme Nollet (jeromenollet@hotmail.com)

Jérôme Le Grand (jelegr001@gmail.com)

Aviva Brooks (France) (avivabrooks@me.com)

Doug Clarisse (UK) (douglas@whartonclubuk.net)

Emilie Esposito (Geneva) (emilie.esposito@gmail.com)