ExpertConnect: Guiding, Leading, Advancing

ExpertConnect helps early stage founders avoid industry pitfalls, common mistakes, and decrease time to market by partnering University of Delaware affiliated startups with seasoned professionals representing all fields and industries for advice and counsel in their area of expertise.

These 1:1 meetings focus on the specific needs of the startup that are critical to the growth and development of entrepreneurs and their ventures in our ecosystem.


Meet the ExpertConnect Mentors


Meet the ExpertConnect Mentors

ExpertConnect Answers Your "How do I..." Questions

ExpertConnect is need-centric, on-demand and private. Founders can seek individualized guidance in a variety of areas, industries and topics. Sample questions asked of industry experts include the following:

How do I...

  • Find experts in a niche market or industry segment?

  • Breakthrough to potential customers?

  • Recruit, hire, and support a team?

  • Incorporate a business or file a patent?

  • Get a business license, collect sales tax, and set up quickbooks?

  • Develop marketing materials?

  • Raise money for my startup?

  • Convey my innovation in a clear and compelling manner?

  • Develop a viable business model?

  • Differentiate from the competition?

  • Avoid mistakes others have made?

Expert Connect operates via an on-demand structure with individual meetings lasting approximately 30 minutes.  There is no minimum or maximum usage guidelines beyond the availability of the expert.

Founders log into the ExpertConnect system to research and request meetings with experts based upon mentee needs and goals. The ExpertConnect team will review each request for relevant alignment and then handle meeting coordination for ease of scheduling and information.

Search, select, and request - it's that easy.


Startups with Univeristy of Delaware affiliated enterpeneurs or leaders are eligible for ExpertConnect. Individuals and teams must have a willingness to be mentored.

ExpertConnect Mentors

There are many reasons to mentor - from the satisfaction of helping others to the knowledge of cutting edge innovations and leading technologies. We are looking for experienced CEOs, founders and leaders who can advise and coach through constructive critiquing and are role models for mentees. Mentors must abide by Guiding Principles and commit to 1 - 3 hours per month.


Become an ExpertConnect Mentor

  • Top 1% in Sales Competition

    June 02, 2022 | Written by Dena Hillison
    Amanda (Mandy) Zicherman has always had an interest in entrepreneurship, which she attributes to her natural curiosity, creativity and penchant for problem-solving. This interest was at the top of her mind when she began her college search.
  • Lifelong Lerner: Lavar Thomas

    May 24, 2022 | Written by Imani Gibbs
    As a member of the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics’ Class of 2022, Lavar Thomas, an international business studies major from Brooklyn, New York, has not had the typical student experience at UD due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thomas, and his entire class, have shown incredible resilience, maturity and spirit while adjusting to the many unexpected changes that they have encountered as students. Each installment of this series will profile an outstanding member of this class, showcasing their achievements, experiences at UD and what it means to be a Blue Hen.
  • Stephanie Raible: Her Take on Social Entrepreneurship

    May 02, 2022 | Edited by Brandon Leo
    University of Delaware’s very own, Stephanie Raible, assistant professor of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, recently released her new book Social Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach to Social Innovation. Co-authored with J. Howard Kucher, Program Director of the MS in Health and Social Innovation at the University of Maryland.