Volunteer for HopStart 2023

HopStart: Hopkins New Venture Challenge recruits alumni, industry leaders, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs to serve as judges and mentors in order to simulate the real-world process of soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors.

Mentors provide remote feedback during the first stage of the competition in one of several categories using the business plan development platform LivePlan. Mentorship is flexible and can be completed anywhere. Mentors can choose their preferred communication method and review their teams’ materials at their convenience within the mentorship feedback windows. For additional details, and to apply to become a mentor, please visit our Mentorship page.

Judges have the opportunity to evaluate pitches, select winners, and network with participants on competition day – April 28, 2023 (the competition-day schedule is available here). Please email us at hopstart@jhu.edu for more information on becoming a judge.

Interested individuals can serve as a mentor, a judge, or both.