Founders Over 55+ Club: The Crucial Role of Mentors to Grow Your Startup

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How to build relationships with a range of mentors who are eager to share their hard-won experience to give you an edge.

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Hello Fellow Encore Entrepreneurs!

Things are moving along with your start-up but you know it could be much better. Perhaps you’re poised for growth but you feel like there are gaps in your knowledge to get there. Or, you've hit a roadblock that's thwarting your next milestone and you want advice on how, or if, you should pivot. How do you take your company to the next level?

Maybe you need fresh insights on fundraising, or want to brush up on modern marketing strategies, or wondering how to hire the right people to round out your team. Where do you go to find help?

Mentors are experienced professionals who are eager to share their valuable information, connections, and unbiased feedback with you. Mentorship can range from ad-hoc office hours to regular check-ins with accountable goals. This event is all about finding the right mentoring programs that are essential for your growth.

We have organized an outstanding panel of experts who will discuss resources, best practices, and useful examples to help you acquire new skills and identify mentors who will be critical to your progress and success. Join us for the F55+ Meetup #8 on Monday, December 7th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM ET for a vibrant session!


Katja Wald, Executive Director of the MIT Enterprise Forum Cambridge, a chapter of the high-impact MITEF global network that has been helping entrepreneurs succeed through training and mentorship programs for over 30 years.

Bill Hulsey, Co-Chair of SCORE Boston, and Ramesh Advani, C-Level Business Consultant and a mentor with SCORE. SCORE, with over 13,000 volunteer mentors nationwide - many of whom are highly-experienced retirees - has been helping new entrepreneurs and executives with free business mentoring and education for over 50 years.

Kevin Moforte Madsen, Founder, Esperenza Soaps; and Executive Director, EforAll (Entrepreneurship For All) chapter in Lynn, MA. EforAll is a nonprofit that supports early-stage entrepreneurs, especially low-income or minorities, with classes and mentorship. EforAll was founded by the famous venture capitalist and entrepreneur Desh Deshpande to accelerate economic and social impact in communities nationwide through inclusive entrepreneurship.

Paul D. Michaels, Founder & CEO of Man Mountain Productions and Get Fit Made Easy, has actively participated in a variety of structured mentor programs to help build his startup; Paul will share expectations and best practices for being a mentee so that you can make the best use of the valuable time spent with your mentor(s) and both have a rewarding experience.

Hosted by Danielle D. Duplin, cofounder, AGENCY: Worldwide Innovation for Living Longer and Aging Better

Don’t miss this session!

Expect a lively discussion, with plenty of time for your questions and breakouts so you can get to know fellow Founders Over 55 community members and meet potential collaborators for your company! All ages, stages, and backgrounds are welcomed . . .

We look forward to zooming with you,

F55+ Steering Committee: Danielle D. Duplin, Jerry Wolonsenko, Mary Cronin, Doug Dickson, Paul D. Michaels

About the Founders Over 55+ Club

The Founders Over 55+ Club is a collegial community of company founders in their encore careers. We start and build thriving businesses where our age and lifelong experiences are an asset. We share best practices for success, celebrate each other's professional and personal journeys, and champion an age-friendly business ecosystem. F55+ is an inclusive member-led club that welcomes entrepreneurs of ALL ages, stages, and backgrounds.

Join the F55+ Club to share ideas, raise issues, and connect with peers who are puzzling over key questions like:

  • What motivates founders over 55? . . . is it all about the money? the life-purpose? the intellectual, creative and social engagement? mutual learning with the next generation(s)?
  • What drives the success of our ventures? . . . is it lifelong experience and wisdom? renewed curiosity? blending the old with the new?
  • What resources are most valuable/needed? . . . access to capital, markets, and partners? alternative sources of funding for encore founders who don't "fit" the typical VC profile? tips for engaging multi-generational teams?
  • What are the practical challenges and best-practices? . . . balancing a healthy lifestyle with the rigorous demands of running a successful business in today's hyper-competitive climate? balancing accumulated wealth with the risk of starting something new? getting visibility in the ecosystem? strategies to combat ageism bias ??

The F55+ Club is an initiative of AGENCY: Worldwide Innovation for Living Longer and Aging Better. AGENCY is equal parts coworking at CIC, programming, and an international community of innovators to make the aging journey better for all. Send us a note at to get involved!

With Gratitude to our Program Participants!

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