|EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCE. EXTRAORDINARY VALUE.
Social and Advisory Group for Entrepreneurs is a program specifically designed to provide early stage companies with advisory and mentoring assistance as they prepare themselves to become a sustainable business. The successful program is made up of highly experienced advisors who are dedicated to helping startups refine business strategies, go-to-market plans and product definitions.
SAGE is not about raising capital, finding space, getting free labor, signing discount service providers or recruiting employees. SAGE is about matching experienced business talent with the region’s brightest innovators to address business challenges through organized mentorship and coaching.
We asked past and current Innosphere Clients what the SAGE progam meant to them:
WHO CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SAGE PROGRAM?
Entrepreneurs at a variety of stages can participate. Companies referred to the program are often Innosphere clients or potential clients; however, the program also welcomes first-time entrepreneurs, such as those launching lifestyle businesses. SAGE leadership works with the entrepreneur prior to their presentation to ensure they are fully prepared with their research and opportunity assessment. In this initial mentorship, SAGE advisors help refine the entrepreneurs slides until they have a compelling 20 minute presentation that summarizes their company’s needs, plan and vision.
THE SAGE FORMAT
Each month, a promising company will give a presentation to SAGE executive advisors. Following the presentation, the group provides real time feedback to the presenter, after which an advisory team is created to provide the presenting company with additional advice on an ongoing basis.
THE SAGE ADVISOR
If you are interested in becoming a SAGE advisor, we would love to meet you! Please submit your application here. SAGE advisors are asked to be available for at least 12 months, attend one third of the meetings, and contribute 48 hours of pro-bono service per team engagement.
Jon Thompson, founder of Blue Margin, talks about his relationship with his SAGE Advisor, Chris Christopher:
Learn more about Innosphere's SAGE program with the SAGE executive director, Ben Walker: