Dayton entrepreneurs are forging new paths toward a strong, resilient community.

The Launch Dayton Mentor Network provides existing entrepreneurs in the Dayton Region access to a network of skilled mentors who provide professional guidance to help entrepreneurs meet specific business milestones.

We envision a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem where business owners of all stages, industries and demographics experience success, become sustainable, and scale their companies.

Get the inside track on the hottest startups in Dayton.

The Launch Dayton Mentor Network seeks altruistic individuals who are willing to volunteer their time and expertise and are passionate about mentoring early-stage and existing entrepreneurs on their entrepreneurial journey. Mentors will advise and guide, accelerate mentee business growth, and provide an ongoing educational relationship.


  • Be open and honest
  • Provide sound advice and feedback
  • Share contacts and connections
  • Keep confidential all business information learned in the course of mentoring
  • Dedicate at least 2 hours per month per mentee
  • Attend a monthly meeting with fellow mentors
  • Have fun!


  • Must be a current or former Founder, Owner, Principal, Executive, or Senior Officer of a company or business
  • Have experience successfully operating a company or business
  • Able to volunteer time
  • Have a passion for mentoring entrepreneurs
  • Ability to ensure a trusted environment for the entrepreneur free of any conflicts of interest

Become A Mentor

Get one-on-one support to help your business grow & scale.

The Launch Dayton Mentor Network is designed for entrepreneurs seeking mentorship for their business; individuals committed to improving as a business owner/operator; founders willing to put in the work that comes from their mentoring sessions; business owners who are coachable and open to feedback.


  • Commit to the mentoring process and the relationship with your assigned mentor(s)
  • Be open and honest about your business (the good, the bad and the ugly)
  • Listen, Reflect, Plan, Do
  • Know what you want to gain and accomplish from your mentor(s)
  • Keep confidential all business information learned in the course of mentoring
  • Dedicate 2 hours per month to meeting with your mentor
  • Have fun!


  • Must have an existing business operating for at least 6 months with consistent revenue
  • Must have traction and validation (aka a consistent following from your audience who shares and pays for your product or service)
  • Must have a solid business foundation and looking to accomplish specific growth milestones
  • Business must be located in the Dayton region

Become A Mentee

Our Sponsors

The Launch Dayton Mentor Network is made possible through Ohio Third Frontier funding to The Entrepreneurs’ Center. The program is managed by Launch Dayton partner Parallax Advanced Research.

Our Partners

The Launch Dayton Mentor Network selection committee compares representatives from the following Launch Dayton partners: