Mentor: Brad Bennett, Co-founder, Flywheel Coworking
Co-founder and Chief Development Officer, Wildfire
Description About Wildfire: Wildfire exists to shatter every tired, negative stereotype people have either heard about or experienced firsthand when working with a marketing firm. 
We’re a team of firestarters, firecrackers and everything pyromaniacal in between, known for firing up ideas that drive high-quality strategic and creative products for clients of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to local start-ups.

Mentor: Peter Marsh, Co-founder, Flywheel; Investor, Flywheel New Ventures 
Description: Peter is one of the founders of Flywheel and has developed all of it's programming an curriculum focused on the acceleration of member businesses in the Flywheel community. He is the administrating member of the New Ventures inception-stage investment fund and accelerator. Peter teaches methods for getting from idea to repeatable revenue quickly through customer validation techniques. Peter also coaches on fundraising strategies and helps startups get investor ready.

Mentor: Chris Veal, SBTDC - Small Business & Technology Development Center
Description: The Technology Commercialization Services team provides one-on-one business counseling and advice to small business owners, university researchers, and entrepreneurs looking to advance their innovations to the marketplace.

Mentor: Steve Virgil and Graduate Students from Wake Forest Community Law and Business Clinic
Description: The CLBC has assisted clients with hundreds of legal matters since opening in 2009, including those related to:
- Small businesses and startups
- Nonprofits
- Art and intellectual property
- Consumer transactions
- Veterans law (through the Veterans Legal Clinic)
Prior to your clinic appointment, please fill out and return the CLBC Application

Joel is a seasoned innovation consultant and designer. He specializes in startup acceleration, new product design, user experience and inception stage companies.

He deploys and guides others in Design Thinking & User-Driven Design methodologies.  An artist and industrial designer with nearly three decades of experience in product design, graphic design, marketing, and branding. He holds 12 US Utility Patents. He has mastered the iterative process of "lean startup" and helps organizations create great things. He is often asked to consult with and mentors others on individual projects, as well as helping to create and fostering a culture of innovation through startup and growth accelerators.

Joel built the community program that helped incubate entrepreneurship in Greensboro with municipal funding. Joel is the director of the New Ventures Startup Accelerator, the region's first venture backed inception stage startup fund.

Bob Ross is a principal at Highland Ross.

Bob works with start-ups to distill and refine their messages to potential investors, clients, and key employees. Through Flywheel Office Hours, Bob will help you tell your story in presentation form, highlighting the most salient elements for your intended audience. Bob has decades of experience in corporate strategy, notably with Dell, Inc. and Acuity Brands. He has worked alongside consultants from worldwide strategy consulting firms Bain & Company and McKinsey & Company in developing and presenting business cases.