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It Takes a Village

It takes a village to raise a startup and at the University of Miami, student entrepreneurs have the opportunity to work closely with experienced mentors from a wide range of industries and functional backgrounds.

The University of Miami Venture Network is a university-wide network founded by the Miami Herbert Business School, the College of Engineering and The Launch Pad to connect qualified, experienced mentors with University of Miami students and help them develop an innovative idea/service or launch their business.


To foster innovation, idea generation and new venture creation by bringing together students, alumni, and faculty from all the UM family of schools.


Network Approach

Venture Mentor Network Approach

Venture Network mentors, like Robert Rubin, the CEO Skypatrol (right), are alumni and friends of the University who volunteer their time and expertise to help University of Miami ventures grow and succeed. Venture Network mentors’ careers represent a wide range of experiences as founders, CEOs, CTOs, CMOs, CFOs, general counsel, and directors of successful companies. Mentors may be connected directly to a venture suited to their experience, or they may identify the ventures they would like to work with following a presentation. Student interested in being matched with one of our mentors can email us at

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Current Mentors

The Venture Mentor Network employs a team mentoring approach. This model allows for many approaches to a venture’s needs and gives mentees different point of views and skill sets from various team members. Within a team, one mentor will emerge to lead the team forward.

Oscar Callejas
Co-Founder and Vice President, Operations
Walter O’Leary
Managing Partner
South Pointe Capital

Roberto Palenzuela
Senior Founding Partner and CEO
ClareMedica Health Partners
Robert Rubin

Monica Wood
Vice President, Global Consumer and Member Insights

Qualifications, Guiding Principles, Benefits and Responsibilities

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