Stephen is originally from Chicago and studied Business in Michigan. He sold enterprise software for 10 years in Chicago, San Francisco and Denver before starting Beyond Microgreens in 2018 as a microgreens farm. He is passionate about increasing food nutrition and decreasing food waste.
What area(s) of focus would you most like to address with your mentees?
0-$1 and $1-100k. Putting a plan in place. Brainstorming creative solutions for business. Working on vision, innovation, focus, direction, building a team.
How do you plan to structure your monthly meetings?
I was part of the last cohort and what worked was 1x a month a group meeting (I had 2 mentees) and 1x a month a 1:1. The group meeting proved most beneficial. Access to me via text, phone and email with questions and requests.
Finally, who would be an ideal mentee for you in this program, given your areas of expertise and experience?
Someone young and passionate about the natural product space. Smart, driven, determined and wanting to bring their product to market. Someone who is looking for early-stage accelerator-program type support. An MBA in prototype looking to launch to someone that’s up to 18 months into their business. E-commerce focused.