Grow your startup business, expand your network, and
access a talented group of tech executives,
investors, mentors, & industry leaders

Once you have been selected for our AI accelerator, you’ll be part of the WLDA Ventures community for life. Our mentor network is one of the most valuable features of the accelerator program. Our mentors include some of the top c suite executives in tech at fortune 1000 organizations, as well as founders, investors, and industry experts.

Find a WLDA Ventures Mentor

Mentors are an essential part of our culture. By freely sharing their wisdom & guidance, they impact the entire network and create real, lasting relationships.

Startups can meet and interact with our mentors in a variety of ways. Our small cohort size (ranging from 5-8) ensures that founders will have an opportunity to meet 1:1 with mentors during meetups, talks, or thru personal introductions.

Asha Saxena

WLDA Ventures Founder

Maria C. Villar

Head of Enterprise Data Strategy and Information


Dara Meath


Build-a-Bear Workshop

Kamaljeet Ghotra

Advisory Board Member


Sue Tripathi, Ph.D.

Partner & AWS Alliance Leader: Data, Technology & Transformation


Sandy Carter

SVP and Channel Chief

Unstoppable Domains

Cindy Howson

Chief Data Strategy Officer,


Wendy Lawhead

Director of Enterprise Analytics


Laura Grace Ellis

Vice President, Data Engineering and Platform Analytics


Melissa Drew

Associate Partner, Finance & Supply Chain Transformation


Michol Porter

Data & Analytics Leader for Operations and Growth

Daimler Trucks

Nancy Morgan

Former Intelligence Community Chief Data Officer,

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Veena Nayak

VP of Data Strategy and Solutions, Head of Data Products

University of Phoenix

Yvonne Li

Vice President of Enterprise Artificial Intelligence, Data Engineering, and Decision Science

Advance Auto Parts

Mayanka Melville

Director, Capital Investment Group Services

Capital Group

Why Become a WLDA Mentor?

It’s a chance to give back – to support the community and freely share your expertise with a team you believe in. 

Drive Innovation

Your strategic advice provides valuable support for new startups.

Gain New Perspectives

The founders bring fresh views and ideas to your industry.

It's Meaningful

Helping people is an incredibily rewarding feeling – a satisfaction that grows within.

Connect with the Network

Meet a community of innovators that are designing the future.

Do You Want to be
A Mentor

Fill out an application to start the process.