Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What happens at a Business Coaching Night?

A: Coaching nights begin with Defy’s signature icebreakers that help us create the inclusive and accepting community we work hard to foster throughout each aspect of our program. After some introductions from EITs and volunteers, we begin the business coaching. The goal is to let your expertise shine by providing the EITs with as much feedback as possible through one-on-one and group coaching sessions. At the end of the night, we come back together to debrief and reflect on the insights learned throughout the evening.

Q: What is expected of me at Business Coaching Night? How should I prepare?

A: Just come willing to work with our EITs and bring your experience and wisdom to the table. We have volunteers from all backgrounds – legal, finance, tech, startups, marketing, etc. – and will match you with EITs looking for help in your area of expertise.

Q: Where are events located?

A: Our NYC events are typically located in Midtown Manhattan or SoHo, and our Bay Area events are typically located in San Francisco. Please reach out to us if you have questions about a specific event. We are always looking for pro-bono or low-bono space if you have any leads for us!

Q: What are EITs working on for these Business Coaching Nights?

A: EITs complete business milestones of increasing complexity as they progress through the program, which is set up martial-arts style with “belt” designations for each level (Intro Training, White Belt, Blue Belt, Purple Belt, or Brown Belt). Intro Training EITs will bring their resumes to get feedback on. White Belts will be working on their business ideation worksheets. Blue Belts and beyond have likely incorporated and will be working on their business plans, financial models, and pitch decks for our quarterly Business Pitch Competitions. All EITs will come with specific questions and be looking to get advice and wisdom from business professionals of all backgrounds.

Q: Can I bring a friend?

A: We would love for you to bring your friends! Please have them e-mail volunteers@defyventures.org so we can properly onboard them. We aim to have even numbers of EITs and volunteers for the events, so it’s important we get everyone approved and signed up before they show up. Thank you!