NYC Venture Fellows Selects Yours Truly to Mentor Global Entrepreneurs

A passion of mine as an entrepreneur is to share my startup knowledge and experience with up-and-coming entrepreneurs. I’m excited to join an elite group of my peers as a mentor for the 2013 NYC Venture Fellows program. An international group of 30 entrepreneurs from six different countries, representing a diverse cross-section of industries such as media and emerging tech, biotech, fashion, education, financial services, and real estate, were selected to participate in the fellowship.

The year-long program connects entrepreneurs from around the globe with top NYC executives for mentoring and exclusive networking opportunities. In its third year, the program encourages collaboration among startups and established businesses, and local and international startups to grow their companies in New York City.

NYC Venture Fellows is part of the Bloomberg Administration’s efforts to encourage entrepreneurship within a variety of sectors. With a growing network of incubators around the City, the Administration is providing low-cost office space, as well as training and networking opportunities, to hundreds of start-ups and small businesses. In addition, in 2010, the City launched the $22 million New York City Entrepreneurial Fund (NYCEF), the first City-sponsored seed and early-stage investment fund located outside of Silicon Valley.

You can read the official press release here.

About Jack Welde

Jack is a technology early-adopter, serial entrepreneur, software patent-holder, product evangelist and combat-decorated Air Force pilot. Before starting Smartling, he served as SVP Product at eMusic and COO/CTO at SheSpeaks and RunTime Technologies. He also co-founded Trio Development, a software company that created the first Personal Information Manager, which was sold to Apple in the mid ’90s. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also studied linguistics and interned with Professor William Labov, and a MBA from Cameron University in Germany. Jack was named one of Fast Company’s “Who’s Next” in 2011, and was named a 2013 NYC Venture Mentor by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.