UAZ Venture Mentoring Service

Developed and proven at MIT.
Now available to the University of Arizona startup community.



Tech Launch Arizona, FORGE, and the University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) have partnered to bring a Venture Mentoring Service program (UAZVMS) to our ecosystem. The UAZVMS is designed to support entrepreneurial activity connected with the University of Arizona. 

It is offered as a FREE service to startup companies affiliated with TLA, FORGE, and UACI.

Based on the methodology developed at MIT, the original MITVMS began in 2000 and has since supported thousands of startup companies. Using a team mentoring approach, the UAZVMS pairs startups with volunteer mentors to provide practical, actionable advice and coaching on key issues impacting startup success. 

Volunteer mentors are chosen for their experience and enthusiasm for helping new entrepreneurs and startups succeed, and come from all areas of business activity, including law, human resources, marketing, accounting, finance, business leadership, and more. Working together, mentors help guide entrepreneurs along the road to launching a successful startup.  

The program is based on several key principles: 

  • Mentoring takes a team – startups benefit from multiple points-of-view 
  • Mentors should provide practical, actionable advice 
  • Participants follow a strict code of ethics  
  • Participants will follow a proven approach and adhere to formal operating processes 

Are you launching a venture and wish to engage in the UAZVMS program?  APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

Are you interested in becoming a mentor? Contact Aileen Dingus at