Mentoring · Startup incubators

How do we engage mentors for early-stage / aspiring entrepreneurs?

Anshumaan Bansal Initiator & Dreamer @ Startup Mantra

November 13th, 2015

We have been conducting workshops to develop entrepreneurial skills in students. Based on feedback of many budding entrepreneurs, we plan to start a service (InspiDate) to connect them with successful entrepreneurs / coaches, willing to have calls with them online. There are many interested aspiring-entrepreneurs from several small Indian cities, but we do not have an adequate pool of mentors. Any suggestions to attract good mentors?
Also, any thoughts on how to be rate / evaluate each mentorship call or each mentor ?


Gopi Mattel Director, Chennai Area at The Founder Institute

November 13th, 2015

Perhaps expand the pool to outside India too. Expand to any expertise that can help a startup.

Have a 5 star review system of specific advice.
Have entrepreneurs pay a fee to get advice. Pool the revenue and split proportinally based on rankings.
Mosaichub.com and xberts.com have varying models for this problem.

Lucy Lloyd Co-Founder of Mentorloop

November 17th, 2015

Hi Anshumaan,

Our start-up Mentorloop www.mentorloop.com.au focusses on this very same market!

Building a two sided marketplace takes time but we've found that with an ageing workforce there are more qualified mentors available than ever before, willing to give of their time and connect with the next generation of leaders.

Get in touch if you'd like to explore collaborating.

Cheers,
Lucy

Indrajit Chattopadhyay People Motivator - Technology Innovator - Customer Problem Solver

March 1st, 2016

While talking to a number young Entrepreneurs, what I felt is that they also seek an adviser who can feel their vibe and pace, which are often missing in most "old guards". What they need is a guide and not a manager. The eco-system of these kind of advisers are still developing in India, and I found most of them in the networking events !