Become a Mentee

AXIS Mentoring Program

We would like to thank you for your interest in the AXIS mentoring program. Please fill out the form below. We look forward to reviewing your application and we will be in contact!

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Who is the team?
Additional Team Members
Business Idea / Description

Please provide a succinct 1-sentence description of what you do: Example: Something like “we create and sell game software for consumers". “We are the X for Y” can work very well here – example: YouTube’s concept statement was “Flickr for video”.

In a few sentences, please describe what problem you are solving: Example: The amount of junk mail in everyone's email inbox is growing despite attempts to fight it. You can't be sure who sent you the mail. In addition to wasting time and being annoying, this poses threats to security, spreads viruses and clogs up networks.

In one or two sentences, describe who has this problem: Example: This is costly for everyone in the chain: end users, IT departments and ISPs.

In a few sentences and in completely NON-TECHNICAL terms, please describe how you expect to solve it: Example: We have software that guarantees that the sender is who they claim. This can be implemented at ISPs and enterprises, allowing the entire chain to validate every email's origin and discard invalid messages before they travel further.

In a few sentences, describe who will use it, who will pay you and how you envision selling to them. Again, you do not need to provide in-depth financial details. Example: We will sell our software and services directly to the ISPs, web mail providers like Google and Microsoft, and F1000 companies through direct sales. We will provide a free add-on for email clients like Outlook so end users can easily adopt it.

In a few sentences, describe what is special about your solution and product: Example: Breakthrough identification algorithm that can be inserted into the backbone system at a switch level. Based on cutting-edge research developed under government grants by the founders as university researchers.

In a few sentences describe the IP status. Also if you are a student, is this venture idea based on your research at a University? If yes, has it been disclosed to the respective Technology Licensing Office? Example: Have exclusive license to the university patents for the underlying technologies as well as further company-owned IP.

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(it’s okay to be very early in the process, even at the idea stage; please check one)


If there is anything else we should know about your venture, please let us know here.