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FAU’s College of Business Launches New Mentoring Programs

Programs Open to FAU Community and Alumni

BOCA RATON, FL (January 4, 2012) - Florida Atlantic University’s Adams Center for Entrepreneurship within the College of Business will celebrate National Mentoring Month with the launch of its new Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR)  Program and the spring 2012 Executive Leadership Program (ELP). 

FAU’s EIR program will offer FAU students, faculty, alumni, as well as the competitors participating in FAU Business Plan Competition, an opportunity to receive one-on-one mentoring from five highly experienced entrepreneurs and executives. The program will take place Mondays through Thursdays, beginning on Monday, January 9, in the DeSantis Pavilion, Suite 201, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

“Entrepreneurs in Residence make all the difference in providing realistic guidance to whether or not a business will attract the right management team, receive funding and become a growth business,” says Kimberly Gramm, director of the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship. “We have an enormous talent in our EIRs. All of our students should take advantage of the great asset we have in them.”

Each EIR has a wealth of experience in new venture development, advising in start-up ventures, entrepreneurship education and a demonstrative history of innovation in high growth industries.  The spring 2012 EIR’s are Bob Nelson, founding member of The New World Angels investment group; David Gray, founder of Casebriefs(TM); Phil Viscomi, managing partner of Business Growth Advisors, Inc.; Ronald Rosenzweig, co-founder and previous executive chairman, president and chief executive officer for ANADIGICS; and Robert Schattner, founder and president of Omnimed.

The ELP offers College of Business students and alumni an opportunity to be matched with mentors who are experienced professionals in the local community from January through May. The program’s mission is to strengthen community connections while providing the opportunity for mentors to help students and alumni succeed. 

The ELP mentees will receive support and encouragement as they are guided through current issues and strategies to assist in launching or advancing their career.  A shared goal tailored to each person’s specific needs will be addressed, and will include interviewing tips, networking opportunities or work-shadowing.  Seasoned mentors also will give insights and advice based on real experiences from their own successes and failures.

Appointments for the EIR program can be booked at 561-297-0927 or To become part of the ELP program, register to attend the ELP information session on Thursday, January 18 at For more information on FAU College of Business mentoring programs, contact


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