School of Business

Hudson Valley Mentors

A Mentorship Program for Entrepreneurs with a Growth Challenge.

Apply today to receive 6-8 hours of free business expertise. 

In collaboration with SUNY New Paltz School of Business, HV Mentors matches subject-matter experts with local entrepreneurs to address business challenges and milestones. 


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 The Growth-Oriented Entrepreneur


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Maybe you're...

  • A pizza place with the best sauce, that could be bottled.

  • A start-up that has some traction, but missing one key hire.

  • A consulting firm looking to target small business owners.

... Then you might be a growth business eligible for free mentorship. 


We match business owners to seasoned professionals who provide insight on solving obstacles or reaching milestones. Whether you’re trying to increase revenue, or address a pain point in operations, HV Mentors helps entrepreneurs take their company to the next level. 

Areas of mentorship include but not limited to:

  • Staffing for growth

  • Budget management

  • Strategic partnering

  • Obtaining investment

  • New product or service extension

  • Expanding to new retail or office locations

  • Targeting new market segments

  • Increasing sale capacity or effectiveness

  • Improving operational systems and efficiency



Sequoia Kristal - Founder and CEO

Pursiane Nutrition

"It makes total sense now... Why would I waste my time finding partnerships and new clients, when they would be totally unimpressed with my website and immediately exit. Not having a strong foundation was wasting my marketing resources!"

Sequoia Kristal
Founder and CEO
Ulster County

Esther Downton - Founder and CEO

Eliza & Wyld

"It's a real luxury to have someone with seasoned business experience devote time thinking through business challenges, play devil's advocate, and not be afraid to stop and say "that didn't make sense"."

Esther Downton
Founder and CEO
Ulster County

Geoffrey Green, Founder and CEO


"The mentor I was matched with is a really special person. I was expecting to get a generic marketing brainstorm, but what I received was an exercise and series of questions for how to think about the future of my company".

Geoffrey Green
Founder and CEO
Orange County

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Pro Bono to Hudson Valley Businesses.


We encourage businesses across industries and sectors to apply. All applicants must fit within the below criteria to be considered for free mentorship placement.

  1. Business is located in the Hudson Valley (or business formation in HV if no physical location)
    Seven counties in the Mid-Hudson Region. Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Sullivan, and extending to Greene and Columbia Counties.
  2. Business Stage 
    At least $500 in revenue and operating for 12 months. Businesses that don't have revenue but believe they are still growth-oriented are encouraged to apply.
    OR have a production pilot with direct market feedback. Your venture should at least have some market validation.
  3. Business Revenue
    Less than 3 million dollars in revenue over 12 months. Our program is free, and we need to ensure it's going to those that need it most.
  4. Growth-Oriented
    Applicants must have a specific and targeted area they want to focus on.




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Mentors: Once In Their Shoes.

Whether you’re an experienced manager, investor, communications expert, researcher or something else - your perspective could make the difference for a Hudson Valley entrepreneur working through a business challenge.

Our Mentors:

  • Have a wide range of skillsets to meet the diverse challenges of our entrepreneurs. 
    Examples of expertise include legal, financial, marketing and communications, technology, angel and venture funding, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and more.
  • Are passionate about entrepreneurship in the Hudson Valley.
  • Have deep industry, investment, or entrepreneurship experience.
  • Ask questions, listen, and provide honest (and kind) feedback.
  • Give 6-8 hours total time commitment
    This takes place over the course of an average of 6 weeks.

We'll only match you with an entrepreneur if there is compatibility so that the relationship is mutually beneficial.


Adama Ouedraogo ‘18 (Electrical Engineering)

HV Mentors is made possible thanks to a generous contribution from the Sommer Family Foundation to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation. The program is being realized in collaboration with SUNY New Paltz School of Business through its Hudson Valley Venture Hub.


Contact HV Mentors.