Want access to some of the city’s brightest tech minds? Well, Uber wants to make networking with founders, CEOs, and other influential tech leaders as easy as hailing a ride.
On Thursday, Uber is launching UberMENTOR, a one-day service aimed at connecting Chicagoans with mentors who can lend career advice and share ideas. The promotion coincides with “Thank Your Mentor Day,” and Uber is working with the Startup Institute to offer the free rides.
Over a dozen Chicago mentors are taking part in the program, including ContextMedia Co-Founder Shradha Agarwal, Techweek CEO Katy Lynch, Techstars Managing Director Troy Henikoff, TechNexus CEO Terry Howerton, Illinois Technology Association CEO Fred Hoch, and Black Tech Mecca CEO Fabian Elliott.
“Combining the power to push a button and get a ride with a mentor’s power to change lives is a fun way to celebrate Thank Your Mentor Day,” Uber spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said in a statement.
Here’s how it works: Between 11am and 3pm on Thursday, riders can use the promo code MENTORCHI to unlock the MENTOR option. Then set a pickup location, choose the MENTOR option, and tap request. If a mentor is available, you’ll be randomly paired up and taken on a free 15 minute ride before getting dropped off back at your pickup location.
Uber expects demand to be high for the service and says availability will be limited.
Other mentors involved include George Vukotich, the Senior Vice-President of Programming at 1871; Craig Wortmann, a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business; Mark Renshaw, Chief Innovation Officer at Leo Burnett; Julius Givens the Founder of The Explorer Program; Scott Issen, CEO of Future Founders; John Roa, the CEO of ÄKTA; Ryan Kubacki, CEO of Holden International; and Bobby Stephens, COO of BucketFeet.