In preparation for the opening of its new Entrepreneur and Innovation Center, or EIC, this fall, Williamson County Schools is looking for business professionals to mentor 130 students across Williamson County.

The EIC will allow students in ninth grade through 12th grade to get hands-on experience in the business world, according to a news release. Students will be able to start businesses, launch products or offer services. Mentors are needed to help advise the students.

“We’re looking for 200 business people who are willing to share their insights with students on a number of levels as instructors, as speakers and as advisors,” EIC Executive Director Kari Miller said in a statement. “Our objective is to represent the communities that all 10 of our high schools serve and to offer perspectives from a diversity of industries and walks of life.”

Prospective mentors need to undergo background checks; submit resumes and references; and fill out comprehensive surveys, according to the release.

EIC Catalyst Network Board Chair Jay Chawan—who is also a managing partner of GBI, a Brentwood-based office interiors company—said the EIC is looking for mentors from a variety of industries including technology, law, manufacturing and retail.

“The objective is to expose students to the realities of the business world, which is something most students traditionally don’t gain true perspective on until they enter the workforce,” Chawan said in a statement. “To that end, we want corporate leaders, small business owners, natives and transplants—a diversity of ages, backgrounds and experiences—to get involved.”

Those interested in mentoring can find more information at