Meet a Mentor







Mentorship Programs

Creating a startup is a complex process requiring many essential steps to achieve success. Mentors are essential along the entrepreneurial journey. They can be a helping hand, a sounding board and a source of counsel at critical points in the development of a business. The iLab offers students experienced mentors to help them with their entrepreneurial endeavors.

Office Hours

Currently, the iLab has three mentors who will be coming in regularly to help students. Please see the schedule below for details. While an appointment is not required, setting one up will guarantee a meeting time with our mentors. Click on the links below each mentor’s availability to schedule an appointment.

If you later decided to cancel an appointment,

please send an email to and we will

have it cancelled for you! Please include your first

and last name in the email.


Mike Edwards

Every other Tuesday (starting on April 25): 10 am – 1 pm

Click here to schedule an appointment with Mike Edwards.

Al Pineda

Every other Thursday (starting on April 20): 10 am – 1 pm

Click here to schedule an appointment with Al Pineda.

Gary Smith

Every other Tuesday (starting on April 18): 10 am – 1 pm

To contact Gary Smith directly, please email him at

Click here to schedule an appointment with Gary Smith.




Being a Good Mentee

Mentees, you must realize that your Mentor’s sole objective is to help your startup team develop skills and increase your chances of success. For that reason, make sure that you:

  • Are timely and professional
  • Follow up with your mentor on a bi-weekly basis
  • Learn from your mentor’s experiences (successes and failures)
  • Experience and learn about entrepreneurship opportunities through your mentor
  • Put as much time, effort, and thought in as desired with the mindset that “more in results in more out.”