Who is SAGE?

Social and Advisory Group for Entrepreneurs is a program specifically designed to provide early stage startups with advisory and mentoring assistance as they prepare themselves to become a sustainable business.  The successful program is made up of highly experienced advisors who are dedicated to helping startups refine business strategies, go-to-market plans and product definitions.

How does SAGE work?

SAGE is a team-based multi-disciplinary approach for assisting startups gain traction.  Each month, a promising company will give a presentation to SAGE advisors.  Following the presentation, the group provides real time feedback to the presenter, after which an advisory team is created to provide the presenting company with additional advice on an ongoing basis over the next 6 to 12 months.

What kind of startups does SAGE work with?

SAGE targets early stage startups who use technology to innovate in their business model.  Startups come from many sources including universities, community meetups, and the classical garage or basement.  Startups referred to the program are often Innosphere clients or potential clients.  Entrepreneurs do not have to be working on their business full time and are not restricted to Venture Capital companies.  “Bootstrappers” are welcome.  Upon exiting SAGE, startups typically move on to incubators such as the Innosphere or seek Angel funding to move to the next startup stage.

Interested in applying as a SAGE startup?

Complete an application online.

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Interested in becoming a SAGE Advisor?

Read more details about the Roles, Responsibilities and Expectations of a SAGE Advisor.

Complete an application online.

Information for existing SAGE Advisors

SAGE Pledge

SAGE Meeting Schedule

Early Stage Funding Panel – December 4, 2019 SAGE Meeting

Business Model Canvas – Cate Meyer’s June 2017 Presentation

Team Leader Panel Discussion Notes – December 2017

SAGE Meeting Feedback Form (Exo-Seat) – Jan 6, 2021

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