To understand what MESA is about you need to understand what we are not. We are not a for-fee consulting agency. We are not a venture capital firm. We do not take equity or assume a board seat. What we are is a non-profit, pro bono, C-level mentoring organization focused on helping Minnesota’s emerging software companies succeed, by speeding learning and growth and reducing execution risk.
Our motivation and reward lies in the success of our mentees and the belief today’s successful software companies will not only accelerate community growth themselves but will become the seeds of the next generation of growth in the Minnesota software community. As a result, MESA rekindles Minnesota’s software economy and re-establishes our state’s primacy as a top-tier technology center.
We seek out the most promising MN-based emerging growth software companies who will benefit from mentoring—typically for two to three years—to realize their potential and apply our collective “been there, done that” knowledge to help them achieve it. We require mentees to be committed to a substantial growth strategy, to engage in our processes, and be incredibly open to mentoring input.