Roundtable : Who needs a mentor? Powered by Mettā
April 25th 2019, 8:00-10:00am
California Tower 加州大廈
Who needs a mentor? Founder-mentor dialogue on startup mentoring needs, wants, strategies, and benefits.
Past decade has seen a tremendous growth in the number of early startup investment and acceleration programs worldwide. Ever since the first accelerator launched in 2005, more than 7,000 programs of this kind have opened their doors across the world, training 170 thousand startups annually. Startup mentoring is at heart of these activities, providing non-financial support and resources to new firms. Startup mentoring is also common in investment relationships and as an informal activity between novice and experienced founders. Research shows that mentored startups are 6x more likely to secure investments and grow their customer base 3.5x faster than non-mentored firms.In short, startup mentoring is more common and more beneficial than we think, and yet, we don’t talk about it as much as we should. In the light of the recent entrepreneurial boom, Hong Kong startup community needs to build up its mentoring capacity and engage in a dialogue on how to strengthen its entrepreneurial learning practices for a stronger and sustainable ecosystem growth.Our goal is to kickstart this discussion. What does it take to be the good kind of mentor? How do you find the right mentors for your startup? This roundtable will facilitate a discussion between the founders and startup mentors in identifying what it means to be a (good) mentor, how to find the right mentoring match, and how to ensure a fruitful and lasting relationship that benefits both.
Mettā is reviving the previous roundtable discussions on the hottest topics in town with thought leaders passionate and highly involved in the designated industry from government, corporates, educational institutions, NGOs, startups and groups affected. The objective is to emerge conversations and carry through action points to solve the world’s toughest challenges.
Individuals attending the event are vetted and will be invited by invitations. However, if you are truly passionate about this cause and would love to join us in bouncing off ideas to make a bigger difference; feel free to complete the questionnaire and we will get in touch with you shortly.
The roundtable is organized in collaboration with Dr. Marta Dowejko (HKBU) and Prof. Kevin Au (CUHK) as a part of their startup mentoring research efforts.
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