Peter Mantas

Entrepreneur in Residence, McGuire New Venture Development Program


MBA, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
BS, DeVry University, Chicago, IL

Peter is a serial entrepreneur from Silicon Valley with diverse technology company background. He is experienced in leading organizations from early stage start-ups through large high-tech public companies. His career highlights include the creation of a disruptive strategic business unit, which he grew to over $52M in annual revenue within 5 years of inception. He has mentored and or led SaaS, sensing, IoT, safety, VoIP, biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells, integrated circuit, industrial automation, process controls and numerous other technology and services companies.

He has mentored and advised hundreds of teams at incubators and accelerators, at University of California Berkeley, at University of Arizona and the MIT Enterprise Forum. He is focused on developing strong entrepreneurs and not just the formation of viable startups. His international mentees came to him from over 10 countries. Peter challenges teams to be self-reliant, to think out of the box and to assess opportunities from the perspective of customers, partners and other stakeholders.

Peter subscribes to, advocates and teaches such concepts as lean canvas, agile business and development practices, customer discovery interviews, minimum viable product, and pivoting vs just creating elaborate business plans. He’s helped companies build out their teams, tell a compelling story, identify and protect IP, connect with industry experts, get MVP into customers’ hands, reach product market fit, pitch to investors, and acquire funding.

Areas of Expertise

  • Startups and Entrepreneurship
  • Evaluation of idea/IP
  • Marketing
  • SWOT analysis
  • Assessing market size
  • Assessing competitive landscape
  • Reaching product market fit
  • Branding
  • Brand evangelizing
  • Developing value proposition
  • Develop and deliver compelling business stories
  • Presentations
  • Analytics
  • Financial pro forma
  • Go-to-market strategy
  • Scaling 
  • Lean business modeling
  • Consultative & value selling
  • Technical selling
  • Assessing channels to market
  • Product management
  • Legal considerations and strategies
  • Establishing boards
  • Raising capital
  • Managing tight budgets through initial stages of a startup
  • Assessing exit vehicles