We announced today a mentoring program for New York-based start-ups alongside a number of other VCs and Lowenstein Sandler. More information can be found at: www.firstgrowthvn.com.
I was excited to be a part of starting this effort to provide more support and resources for fledging young start-ups in NYC and contribute to the start-up ecosystem. I have been impressed with the quality of entrepreneurs and companies in NYC for a number of years now and have dedicated a day or two a month to get to know some of the players and leaders in the community. When Ed Zimmerman of Lowenstein Sandler threw out this idea a number of months ago, it immediately resonated with me. In many ways, it's taking a formula that has worked so well at MIT and Harvard – teaming former entrepreneurs, VCs and financial and legal advisors with young entrepreneurs – and applying it to NYC.
Anyway, very excited to be a part of it and it will be fun to see where it leads and to have a forum to collaborate with others to help contribute to the start-up ecosystem in NYC. A nice article about the effort can be found at Xcomomy.
Anyone interested in joining the program can find information at the program's website at www.firstgrowthvn.com.