3 reasons why every startup need a mentor
Expand your network
Your mentor, as an outsider, has access to a whole new network of individuals you may not know. You can glean from their wisdom as well as your mentor's. Networking with new people boosts your opportunities exponentially. As the saying goes, “It's all about who you know.”
One of the most important parts of mentoring is reflecting! Your mentor will get to know you and be able to provide you with vital feedback. This will not just increase your confidence, but will lead to personal growth – which will inevitably lead to an improved performance in your future roles
Honest and realistic perspectives
It takes a lot of time, money, effort and commitment for something that has a high rate of failure. Mentorship can be of great value in ensuring your vision and actions are realistic and responsible. For instance, when your startup is not ready for the next step, your idea is not developed well enough, your solution does not really solve any real problem or the product-market fit does not line up properly. The mentor will be the first to tell you that you are not ready yet and should address these issues.Each semester UT sTARTUp Lab is organising mentoring event for STARTERtartu programme teams. Read more about the 2020 Autumn mentoring event and meet this semester's teams and mentors.
Foto: 2019 Autumn Mentor Feedback Carousel
Ukrainian university lecturers develop entrepreneurial knowledge in the Startup Lab training programme
On Thursday, 8 June, the spring semester of the Estonian-Ukrainian cooperation project ended with an online Demo Day, where teams of Ukrainian university lecturers presented the business ideas they had developed over the previous four months.
Kaleidoskoop Finalists announced
For the first time in almost two years the student business ideas comperitionm Kaleidoskoop pre-selection was held in person again. The student teams presented their business ideas during the 3-minute pitch. The jury selected five teams that will present their ideas at the international business festival sTARTUp Day on August 26.
Mentors’ feedback helped the STARTER teams flourish
Mentor Feedback Carousel is one of the most valued parts of the STARTERtartu programme. This year it took place in Spark HUB on the 24th of March. Teams met up with experienced mentors in different fields to get vital feedback on their idea.