Coaching & Mentoring

The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation offers coaching and mentorship to student startups through our team of faculty and experts. Our team regularly mentors students from a variety of disciplines and programs, including Global Leadership Scholars, full-time and professional MBA students , and students in the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education.

To inquire about mentorship, contact or call 865-974-5126.


The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s Entrepreneur–in-Residence (EIR) program features a diverse team of entrepreneurial individuals. We have a rotating team composed of field experts who are still in the workforce and have joined our team specifically to mentor and coach student entrepreneurs. Our EIRs have the expertise to provide high-value insights and recommendations to students and engage with them based on each student’s needs. A EIRs have a proven track record of entrepreneurial success and a commitment to passing on their knowledge to future generations of entrepreneurs.

Meet the Team

Lia Winter


Chuck West


Mark Huber


Melissa Centers


Jake Livesay



“The requirements of the pitches and prep work necessary to make a good presentation have made my business plan even more solid and will help me to achieve the goals I have planned.”
Ryan Cunningham – Campus Car

“The Boyd Venture Challenge has prepared me for real-life scenarios with real-life rewards.”
Baker Donahue – In With the Old