Professional Mentoring & Development Program

The Development Program matches students from the Center for Entrepreneurship with established entrepreneurs and business leader mentors within the Tampa Bay community.

Mentoring is a professional relationship in which an experienced mentor assists a mentoree in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance a person's professional and personal growth. Providing for our students an opportunity to learn through real world and hands on experiential learning. 

For additional mentoring resources register for free with your USF email address to the following initiatives: 

Startup Space

Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (Register as a "General Student Member") 

If you have any questions, please contact Dirk Libaers at

  • "The mentor program offered by the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of South Florida has far exceeded my expectations and business needs. After a screening process, the program matched me with an individual who shares my interests and business values. I was paired with a local business leader who not only became a mentor, but more importantly a friend. This business relationship is one that fostered valuable conversations coupled with priceless advise directly related to my current entrepreneurial endeavors. I never imagined the impact the mentor program would have on the way I view small business."
    Parker Rabow, Entrepreneurship Student

  • "The USF mentor program is one of the most valuable programs I have had the privilege of participating in. Parker and I clicked instantly and have already been collaborating on projects together."

    Chris Krimitsos, Mentor

  • "The mentor that I was paired with through the mentor program is almost single-handedly responsible for my product, AquaMelon Water, being introduced to the Tampa Bay Region in beta test phase this summer. My mentor leveraged over 20 years of industry expertise and numerous high-level industry contacts to accelerate the development of my product from prototype-phase to a commercially viable product that met regulatory requirements and could be tested in the marketplace. Equally important, my mentor taught me how to identify and vet the manufacturers needed to quickly scale production to meet marketplace demands. My mentor has been amazing!"
    Desmond Williams, Entrepreneurship Student

  • "The mentor program connected me with a mentor that taught me valuable lessons in business you can't get in the classroom. It's important to have a honest mentor to guide you in the right direction, especially as a young entrepreneur. I encourage all Entrepreneurship students to sign up for the program."
    Sven Teuber, Entrepreneurship Student