Mentor meeting.Quality mentorship lies at the center of all successful accelerator programs. Effective mentors force founders to ask themselves tough questions and offer different perspectives to challenge assumptions. Mentors keep founding teams honest and accountable for the decisions and commitments they make for their companies. We find that founders learn best from other successful entrepreneurs, and so we place a high value on recruiting mentors with startup experience – individuals who have built, scaled and sold companies.

At SixThirty, we engage mentors in two different capacities: lead mentors and subject-matter experts.

Lead Mentors
Each company in a cohort is assigned a lead mentor over the course of the program. The lead mentor meets with the founding team on a weekly basis, keeps them on track, and reports back to the other lead mentors for advice on direction and strategy.

Subject-Matter Experts
In addition to our capable team of lead mentors, SixThirty companies can also rely on the expertise and insight of our extensive list of subject-matter mentors, experts in a variety of fields including, but not limited to: sales, fundraising and customer acquisition.

Mentor Directory

  • Kirk Fuemmeler

    Bank Information Technology Officer, State Farm
  • Frank LaQuinta

    Principal of Information Systems, Edward Jones
  • Jeff Burgess

    Director of Business Development, Commerce Bank
  • Tony Bhalla

    Founding Partner of B&T Group
  • Terrence Freeman

    Digital Strategy Leader, Edward Jones
  • Jeff Kenney

    FSO Market Leader, Ernst & Young
  • Tim Hosler

    Managing Director, Stern Brothers & Co.
  • Shanna Phillips

    Bank Manager, StateFarm
    • Martin Bertolino

      Engineering Fellow at Equifax
    • Carl Kickham

      Founder, Mass Financial Group, Inc.
    • Scott Rich

      Co-Founder, MindShare
    • Richard Ryffel

      Senior Lecturer in Finance, Washington University
    • Jim Whalen

      Senior Vice President, MasterCard Worldwide
    • Jay De Long

      General Partner, SixThirty
    • Atul Kamra

      Managing Partner, SixThirty
    • Chris Keller

      Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.
    • Dave Bauer

      Sr. Vice President / Region Manager, Business Banking at UMB Bank
    • Andre Trudell

      Managing Director of Capital Markets at UMB Bank
    • Peter Esparrago

      CEO, FinLocker, Board Member, Scottrade
    • Timothy Swanson

      Founder, Aoidos
    • Scott Jenkins

      Principal, Detalus
    • Tim Stern

      Co-Founder, LendersOne
    • Barry Sandweiss

      Co-Founder, LendersOne
    • Bryan Garcia

      Former Senior VP of Technology at TALX and CTO of Equifax
    • Hal Gentry

      Serial Tech Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
    • Doug Wilber

      President, North America at Assembly Payments
    • Jim McKelvey

      Co-Founder, Square
    • Brian Matthews

      General Partner, Cultivation Capital
    • Bernard Moon

      Co-Founder and Managing Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures
    • Steve Harris

      Associate, Investment Advisory at Edward Jones
    • Farron Blanc

      VP Innovation Studio Lead, RGAx
    • Michael Oberlander

      Former General Counsel, Caleres
    • Brian Estes

      Venture Capitalist / Blockchain Investor
      • Erik Goldman

        Venture Capitalist