At Suffolk, young entrepreneurs are getting a head start with a mentorship program that matches freshmen with more experienced upperclassmen. The program, run in partnership with the Compass Fellowship, is specifically geared toward budding social entrepreneurs.
The Suffolk freshmen meet with their mentors on Mondays in the Entrepreneurship Resource Center. Using training modules on the Compass website, they connect with CEOs, authors, and social activists to discuss weekly themes that range from setting career goals to incorporating a business.
Nicaela Samson, one of the 15 freshmen to pilot the program this year, considers her mentor a valuable resource.
“The mentors give us an insider-perspective on Suffolk, the classes, and college life in general. It’s a comfortable atmosphere and a great place to ask questions and get to know each other,” said Samson, who’s earning a double major in Global Business and Entrepreneurship. She’s also a member of the Suffolk Entrepreneurs and a Center for Entrepreneurship Ambassador.
“This program is fun and has definitely helped me feel more confident with my decision in choosing Suffolk University,” she added.
Networking with Other Entrepreneurs
The program also fosters networking and collaboration across different colleges and universities. Suffolk and other partner schools are invited to four annual events— a community-building retreat; speed-networking boot camp; the Shift Series Conference in Washington, DC; and a graduation reception, where freshmen fellows present their ventures.
You can also meet some of the Compass Fellows online.
Want to Get Involved?
Email Janelle Shoup to sign up or learn more.