AEF Mentorship

In addition to an investment of up to $100,000, the Alumni Entrepreneurs Fund provides mentorship to each of the early-career alumni founders in our portfolio. 


Feedback Panel

When a company receives an investment from the Alumni Entrepreneurs Fund, the alumni founder is paired with a mentor from the Feedback Panel. 

  • Brian D. Ascher, ’89

  • Peter L. Briger Jr., ’86

  • Dennis J. Brownlee, ’74 S77

  • Cynthia C. Hess, ’85

  • Joy Marcus, '83

      • Founder and General Partner, Clarizio Marcus Capital and Lecturer, Princeton University
  • Gordon P. Ritter, ’86 P20

      • Chair, AEF Feedback Panel
      • General Partner, Emergence Capital
  • Jeff Samberg, ’88

      • Managing Director, Acadia Woods Partners, LLC
  • Ellen Siminoff, ’89 P22

  • Geoffrey Yang, ’81 P16 P22

      • Partner, Redpoint

Other Mentors

To supplement the mentorship offered by the Feedback Panel, the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council staff, and mentors on the Office Hours platform, AEF portfolio companies receive targeted mentorship on an as-needed basis from a wide group of entrepreneurial alumni.  This “flash” mentorship includes coaching on a pitch deck, business strategy, PR strategy and tactics, introductions to prospective partners and prospective funders, etc. 

  • Jim Cohen, '86

    Jim is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fitz Gate Ventures, a venture capital fund investing primarily in early stage companies where a...

  • Victoria Garcia, '97

    Victoria holds in-depth experience leading, growing and creating consumer brands, including management roles at LVMH (Marc Jacobs Head of Global...

  • Mark Poag, '93

    Mark is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fitz Gate Ventures, a venture capital fund investing primarily in early stage companies where a...

  • Leslie Stevens, '81

    Leslie Stevens is chief communications officer of Mezocliq. Prior to joining Mezocliq, Leslie was president of her own marketing agency LaForce...


AEF Founder Mentorship of Students

In addition to receiving mentorship from fellow alumni, AEF founders serve as mentors for current students.  This happens through AEF presentations at Keller Center and E-Club events, as well as 1:1 introductions of student entrepreneurs and AEF alumni founders.