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Teryn M

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Columbia University


Entrepreneurship, Startups, Venture Capital, Business, Project Management, Neurobiology. I will coach you on creating a pitch deck for your startup idea and will connect you to funding opportunities in my network.


My passion lies in creative problem solving both within and outside of the sciences. Currently, I am pursuing my PhD in Neuroscience at Columbia with a focus on immunoengineering cellular therapeutics for cancer and am passionate about all things entrepreneurial. In my spare time, I do freelance consulting and advising for startups. Please see my linked website for additional information. terynmitchell.com

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Develop a Novel Startup Idea and Complementary Pitch Deck for Funding

Typical college admissions advising lacks a way to differentiate applicants, as all applicants already have top grades, SAT scores etc. In 10 1-hour sessions I will coach you on developing a novel startup idea, and walk you through the process of creating a pitch deck for seed funding. At the end of the session, I will give you 3 avenues for further pursuing your project, including but not limited to a list of tailored startup competitions to apply to, references to entrepreneurial communities to join, or intros to VCs for seed funding. Ultimately, you will have a new bent to present on your application that will help set you apart from other applicants.

Build a Scientific Presentation

In this project, I will help you further refine and develop your ideas for a scientific research project. At the end of our sessions, you will have a seminar-style presentation on a. your own idea or b. a novel research paper.

Website Building (for a Business or Other Purposes)

I will help guide you on how to build your own website via Wix or a free online website builder. At the end of our sessions, you will have a landing page for your project.

Understanding the Financials Around Building a Startup

I will guide you on the basic business plans of setting up a startup, and will help assist in financial planning based on my own business plan document.

Learning Various Skills Related to Building a Startup

I can assist with: finding a product market fit, primary market research, developing a novel business plan, the financial aspects of running a startup, storytelling, creating a resume and LinkedIn for optimal branding, idea generation and brainstorming, customer discovery and interviews, lead generation and growth strategies, basic UX/UI, creating a mockup app via various online softwares, how to find seed funding, sourcing and applying to startup competitions, pitch deck generation etc

Writing a Research Project Grant

I will coach you through the methodology of developing and writing a research grant for funding.

Brainstorming Scientific Project Ideas and Assisting with Research Methodology

I can help brainstorm and develop ideas for research, including in cancer, neuroscience, biology, immunology, psychology, microbiology, pharmacology, stem cell biology, genetics, virology etc



Wellesley College
PhD Doctor of Philosophy
Neuroscience and Music
Columbia University
MA Master of Arts
Columbia University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Neuroscience (focus on immunoengineering cellular therapeutics for cancer)

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