Lack of guidance is one of the issues that either keeps would-be entrepreneurs from launching a business, or those that have started one from succeeding. The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC)\u00a0 says it has a solution for that. Today marks the launch of\u00a0#StartupLab,\u00a0\u00a0a free virtual mentorship program presented by Citi and YEC that will connect top young startup founders with aspiring entrepreneurs looking for advice. Those who participate in #StartupLab will have direct access to mentorship (both virtual and in-person) through interactive live video chats, how-to content, and weekly email lessons. Startup Founders Will Be Mentors The #StartupLab endeavor will have a stable of startup founders who will serve as mentors to participants.\u00a0Catherine Cook of MeetMe, Jennifer Fleiss of Rent the Runway, Slava Rubin of Indiegogo, Jason Nazar of DocStoc, Ryan Allis of iContact, Matt Mickiewicz of 99Designs, and Rahim Fazal of Involver are a few of the mentors who will be available to provide free advice and tips for entrepreneurs. Those who participate in the program will gain access to four interactive live video chats per month, weekly email lessons, an eBook club, and access to YEC\u2019s complete library of how-to articles and videos. \u00a0If a business incubator isn't a possibility for you, a virtual mentoring program like #StartupLab may be a solution. Another Entrepreneurial Effort by YEC This is another program by the Young Entrepreneur Council. The invitation-only nonprofit, which targets recent grads and young entrepreneurs, has more than\u00a0500 members. \u00a0According to the YEC, \u00a0the group has collectively created tens of thousands of jobs and over 1 billion dollars in revenue. Last spring,\u00a0YEC spearheaded #FixYoungAmerica, a national grassroots campaign and book that sparked student-led rallies on over 300 college campuses. #FixYoungAmerica was designed to provide solutions to unemployment faced by young Americans. Scott Gerber, Founder of The Young Entrepreneur Council, says: "Our goal is to help mentor, retrain and retool the workforce into a more entrepreneurial one. We believe that giving aspiring business owners access to the minds behind many of the most successful startups in the world will help them to build successful ventures." Who Can Participate Anyone who is interested in the resources provided by #StartupLab can participate, as well as members of organizations including\u00a0Junior Achievement, Georgetown University, BizWorld, Lemonade Day, George Washington University, MassChallenge, University of Central Florida, North Carolina Rural Center, and others. Individuals will have access to #StartupLab mentors via\u00a0YEC's Facebook Page. For more information, visit #StartupLab's website.