Peer-based Mentorship Program for Existing Entrepreneurs

Each year Velocity pairs entrepreneurs in the Kansas City area with local Mentors that come from a variety of backgrounds. 
Mentees have gone on to achieve incredible accomplishments and have come back as mentors themselves. 
In addition to a mentor, mentees have many resources available to them including professional financial guidance, marketing materials and more.

Current Mentees

Mentee Benefits

  • Kauffman's Listening to Your Business

    The program starts with mentees being guided through Kauffman Foundation's Listening to Your Business development program.

  • Professional Advisors

    The second half of the program utilizes our Professional Advisors (Attorneys, Accountants, Bankers, Financial Planners and Insurance Agents) for support.

  • Mentee Focused Events

    The last few sessions of the program bring pitch opportunities a graduation and special Mentee focused events.

Current Mentors

  • Phil Botana
  • Liesl Hays
  • Clint Haynes

Phil Botana, Newmark Zimmer


Phil Botana joined Newmark Zimmer in 2018 and currently serves as an associate in the company’s Kansas City, Missouri office. Mr. Botana has a broad background in business development, sales, marketing and communications spanning across multiple industries. Since joining the firm, Mr. Botana has represented tenants and landlords across Retail, Industrial and Office uses with a focus on Eastern Jackson County. He also focuses on Opportunity Zones throughout the Kansas City Metro and serves as a Board Member of the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.


Liesl Hays, The Historic Browning


Liesl is an entrepreneur,  Human Resources Strategist and author.  In 2016, Liesl left her decade-long career in Human Resources because her life was a total wreck. In a brave effort to find herself, she opened the Historic Browning Guest House located in downtown Lee’s Summit and started doing Human Resources Consulting.  Entrepreneurship taught her the value of setting boundaries, balancing her work & family and loving her people tenderly.  Liesl is currently finishing her first book to be released in 2021.  She runs on coffee, “to do lists” and the belief life begins after you agree to write your own story.

Clint Haynes, NextGen Wealth

Financial Planner, Financial Advisor, Financial Consultant, Clint answers to all. He's been in the financial planning industry since 2001 and has worked for big Wall Street firms all the way to smaller regional firms. What's interesting, though, is there isn’t much difference between any of them besides the name. His ultimate goal is to add extreme value in every area of financial life, particularly when it comes to helping clients transition from working years to retirement years. He wants to make sense and get clients excited about the next stage of life. He is a proud member of the Kansas City Financial Advisors Network and Velocity Professional Advisor. 

Mentor Benefits:

  • Guided Sessions

    This program is unique in that it pairs mentors with small groups of mentees and offers guided support for Mentors through each session.

  • Giving Back Gives Back

    Mentorship provides more than an opportunity to educate those coming up behind you. Mentors often report learning more from the mentees.

  • Mentee Focused Events

    Velocity believes Mentorship thrives when both parties are supported. Alongside the guided mentorship course, the mentors meet to support one another.

I heard about Velocity a little over two years ago and immediately began attending their events. I have enjoyed learning new things, networking and just being around others who are also on their entrepreneurial journey. My mentor through Velocity has been instrumental in helping me change the course of my business and supporting me along the way.

Jeanna Ruehter,

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