Perry Campbell of SwissMak to Speak Nov. 17

In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Sierra College will host a Virtual Mentor Night on November 17 from 5:30 to 7 PM. Perry Campbell, CEO of SwissMak, an entrepreneur who developed a new CNC hybrid mill-turn center, will be the featured speaker. Through the Affiliate Mentor Program (AMP), local experts mentor budding entrepreneurs with immediate feedback and access to resources after listening to student pitches. Attend Mentor Night with Zoom. Flyer

Perry is livestreaming from Taiwan to share his story from student to founder. The new CNC hybrid mill-turn center features all the functionality of CNC lathes and mills at a fraction of the cost of current CNC offerings.

As a regional innovation center, Sierra College nurtures entrepreneurship and is committed to support locally grown businesses and provide employment. Business leaders believe that there is untapped potential at Sierra College and are stepping in to mentor the next generation of startups with honest advice and referral to resources at no charge to increase successful company launches in the region.

“Sierra College has many resources to help those who dream of starting their own businesses,” said Amy Schulz, Dean, Business and Technology Division, Sierra College. “We appreciate our industry partners who are mentoring students as they launch startups conceived in a Sierra College business class.”

As part of the program, the mentors provide advice to the students and audience members gain insights into the entrepreneurial mindset, explained Steve Ricketts, Founder, SRickettsConsulting, who developed Startup Pitch Mentor Round/Mentor Night with Sierra College. “Mentors are contributing their time to inspire future entrepreneurs,” said Ricketts. “There is no charge for student entrepreneurs to attend to and receive feedback from the mentors. By offering honest advice and referrals to resources, as well as this live feedback in an open forum, we can support entrepreneurship in the community.”

“Startup Pitch Mentor Round/Mentor Night allows students to practice communicating and validating their ideas to potential stakeholders,” said Dennis Wingate, Business faculty member, Sierra College and successful founder. “It also connects them with valuable mentors who can provide guidance and sometimes support to help them navigate the pre-launch and launch process.” Wingate indicated that ten former students have launched businesses or are in pre-launch.

Sierra College serves 3200 square miles of Northern CA with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four year universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region.