Meet Apprentice Founders Dave & Rob

Our Story

Dave Kerpen

Over the first 12 years of his business career, serial entrepreneur and NYT Best Selling Author Dave Kerpen benefitted enormously from working closely with college students. He hired them to work as his assistants while they were in school, molded them into rockstars, and then hired them as full-time employees after they graduated. Dave’s apprentices ended up co-authoring books with him, helping him raise millions of dollars in venture capital, and accomplished countless other  high level tasks through the years.

Rob Berk was Dave’s assistant for 2 years while in school at Hamilton College. Rob realized he had gained valuable knowledge from his professional work experience with Dave.  He worked on key projects including co-authoring Likeable Social Media, 3rd Edition with Dave and directing a million dollar real estate client. He approached Dave with the idea to turn what he had been doing with college students through the years into a business model and within a few weeks Apprentice was born. 

Rob and Dave, with the help of hundreds of brilliant college students are now changing the way people do business. For the first time ever, small business owners and startup entrepreneurs can have access to the top college talent in the world. Talent that was usually reserved for investment banks and consulting firms can now be working on your business, helping you in Marketing, Business Development, Operations, and Logistics. Our vision is to create one million mentors over the next 20 years.

ROB BERK

Rob Berk is the co-Founder & co-CEO of Apprentice, President of Solvit, author and host of Why Wait?.

Rob began working for Dave Kerpen as his executive assistant while still a first-year student at Hamilton College. Two years later, he had co-authored a book with Dave, run independent projects for million dollar+ clients, and learned as much working for Dave as he did in entire college experience. Together they launched Apprentice to create a platform to change the lives of entrepreneurs and college students.

Rob is the President of Solvit, a social media and digital branding company aimed at bringing creative solutions and new perspectives to small business owners. 

Rob shares his journey through college from starting working with Dave Kerpen to launching two companies in his book, Why Wait?, which was published the same day as he graduated from Hamilton College in the Spring of 2020. 

Rob hosts his own podcast, Why Wait?, which features conversations with leading entrepreneurs, creative innovators, and thought leaders that focus on the leap from initial idea to successful execution. 

Rob’s mission is to support the work of young entrepreneurs by creating new opportunities. 

Onboarding

company's
core values

Grit

Obstacles will come, and we persist working around or through them to achieve excellence

Enterprising

We have the resourcefulness, initiative, and drive to recognize opportunities, and the motivation to make the most of them

Mentorship

Everyone has experiences that allow us to be both teachers and students

testimonials

What Clients Are Saying
about our Apprentices

Meet the entrepreneurs and business leaders who stand behind Apprentice.

Cari Gatto

CEO Swell Marketing Partners LLC

"Upbeat and Motivated"

“We couldn’t be happier to have Halle on our team. She is upbeat and always taking up new responsibilities! ”

Karl Kaufman

CEO of American Dream Investing

"Grateful to be Connected"

“The entire experience with Apprentice (onboarding, Rob’s generosity with his time and experience) has been wonderful. We’re grateful to have been connected and look forward to continuing our relationship!”  

Harvey Ginsburg

President of Corporate Graphic Solutions Inc.

"Great Team Addition"

“Hillary has been a great addition to our team for too many reasons to explain. She will go far and we hope to be part of the future.”

Alessandro Bogliari

CEO of the Influencer Marketing Factor

"Smart and Committed"

“[Our] Apprentice helped executing several outreach campaigns that brought great results in terms of getting feature on major publications, both for our brand awareness and lead flows. Our Apprentice also freed up my time helping with specific digital marketing tasks.” 

Jenn Burgess

Director of Sales & Marketing at Likeable Media

"Skilled students"

“I wish there was a program like Apprentice when I was in college! The exposure that these students have to the inner workings of companies is amazing, and truly can teach skills not always on college curriculums.”

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