Louisville Startup Mentors

Leverage the experience, wisdom, and connections of these mentors in Louisville, KY to take your business to the next level.

How can we help?

These mentors and subject matter experts (SMEs) have a wide range of experience as entrepreneurs and business leaders. We can help you with ideation, market validation, raising capital, marketing, business development, operations, accounting, tech, and much more. 

Each person on this list has committed to giving at least one hour per week to help founders and entrepreneurs in the Louisville, KY community. 

Once you have had an initial meeting with a mentor, continued engagement is between you and the mentor. It may be offered pro bono, or it may be as paid consulting or coaching.

Find a mentor with the background you are looking for and book a complimentary appointment to talk about your situation. 

Lisa Bajorinas

Startup coaching, lean startup methodology, investment preparation, connections.

I can help you with:

  • Ideation
  • Business Development
  • Fundraising

Russ Broomell

Consulting on product/market fit, technical questions, sales. Also willing to become a board member or formal company advisor.

I can help you with:

  • Ideation
  • Business Development

Mike DiCenso, MBA

Engineer, MBA with entrepreneurship focus, startup founder, Startup Weekend & Week organizer, Community builder with passion for venture capital, transplant from Michigan.

I can help you with:

  • Business Development
  • Ideation
  • Fundraising

Sundeep Dronawat

I am willing to give pro bono advice on Technology Strategy, Pricing Strategy, Ideation, Greenfield Development, Fund Raising.

I can help you with:

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Ideation

Larry Horn

I can help founders navigate the variety of resources that are available to them.

I can help you with:

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Ideation

John Jennings

I primarily help with developing vision and strategy, followed by actionable plans that can be put into practice. My experience spans from product development and business development to IT and SaaS models.

I can help you with:

  • Ideation
  • Business Development
  • HR

Lettie Johnson

I offer workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching, aiding your personal and professional growth. My passion is assisting people in maximizing their capacity and reaching their potential.

I can help you with:

  • Ideation
  • Business Development
  • Marketing

Steven Plappert

I’m a serial entrepreneur, skilled in business development, fundraising, finance, & operations. Built multiple tech companies, rasied ~$2M between them from angels and VCs. I’ve been through 2 Techstars programs.

I can help you with:

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising

Ben Reno-Weber

I’m happy to talk about going from early revenue to growth financing or how to leverage our community’s rich network of resources.

I can help you with:

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising

Adam Robinson, MBA

I am a serial entrepreneur with over 23 years of experience. My passion is helping founders get from where they are to where they want to be.   

I can help you with:

  • Business Development
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Planning

JR Rose

I’m a CPA and serial entrepreneur. I’ve been helping startups with making connections, their due diligence, business plans, and financial projections for over 20 years. It is my pleasure to assist you.

I can help you with:

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Accounting

Shalin Shah

I am an engineer, with an MBA in Entrepreneurship that has been a part of the Startup community in Louisville, used to the operational dynamics of a Fortune 250 company, as well as developing small businesses.

I can help you with:

  • Business Development
  • Ideation
  • Marketing
Delene Taylor

Delene Taylor

I have tips and expertise to share in regard to identifying the right people to connect to and building / nurturing relationships, as well as other areas of marketing and business development.

I can help you with:

  • Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Accounting

Alli Truttman

Marketing, Soft Goods Manufacturing, Cut & Sew

I can help you with:

  • Business Development
  • Ideation
  • Marketing

Jordan Turner

conomic Development Manager. Able to assist with the navigation of resources, business planning, strategy, financing.
 

I can help you with:

  • Ideation
  • Business Development
  • Fundraising

Jennifer Williams

I am an entrepreneur in town with an e-commerce consumer products company in the pet industry. I love to talk about almost any business topic but can help you most with financial modeling, data and data analysis, and idea brainstorming.

I can help you with:

  • Ideation
  • Accounting

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