Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center Milestone Makers Program

The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco — which supports entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds with free education, resources, and mentorship — has championed the idea of helping entrepreneurs define and achieve success on their own terms for the long-term, beyond the traditional Silicon Valley measures of success. That’s the inspiration behind their Milestone Makers Program, which helps early- to mid-stage entrepreneurs set, hit, and celebrate milestones that drive their businesses forward. Each founder selected for the program gets a personal business coach, 3–4 business mentors, a customized set of classes, and access to state-of-the-art resources — all valued at approximately $250,000 with no cost to the entrepreneurs. In the pay-it-forward spirit of Silicon Valley, graduating entrepreneurs will return to teach future classes of Milestone Makers.

A number of Band members participate as mentors, including Heather Crawford and Debra Vernon (pictured on the bottom right with mentor Anna Shen). Congratulations to the entrepreneurs that completed the program. Great closing bell ceremony!

Announcing Mentor Day - May 2nd at the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center

Band of Angels, in partnership with the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center, is pleased to host a mentoring session for 50 companies interested in raising angel capital on May 2, 2017 in San Francisco. The session is open to companies in any sector or industry. Startups are invited to sign up for a 45-minute meeting with one or more Band mentors to receive no risk feedback about the readiness of their venture for angel investment. Apply here by April 21, 2017 . The Band will hold "Best of Mentor Day" followup meeting on May 10, 2017. Band member mentors can register here. For more information, please contact

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