Below are some frequently asked questions regarding being an entrepreneur in Mentor Connect. if you have further questions please contact us.
HOW DO I ENROLL IN MENTOR CONNECT?
Fill out and submit a Venture Information Form. Next, you will be asked to sign and return the Venture Acknowledgement and Release form before Mentor Connect sets up your first meeting with two or more mentors.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AS A VENTURE IN MENTOR CONNECT?
You can expect frank, unbiased and in depth consultations with a team of highly experienced mentors over an extended period- with zero strings attached. Your business concept, strategy, business plan and investor pitch will all receive great scrutiny, and will benefit tremendously. We provide advice and guidance; you provide the “do”. We expect you to request a face-to-face meeting on a regular basis (every 1 or 2 months) with your mentors (phone calls and emails may replace these in-person meetings when you’re busy in an execution phase).
WHAT TYPES OF VENTURES CAN JOIN MENTOR CONNECT?
We’re looking for companies with an innovation or export focus, based in Cape Breton – Mulgrave who are looking for guidance on how to start and/or grow their business.
DOES IT COST ANYTHING FOR A VENTURE TO BE A PART OF MENTOR CONNECT?
No. All of the advice, guidance and coaching services you receive from Mentor Connect is free, nor will you ever be asked for equity in your company. All mentors must adhere to a strict code of ethics.
WHO ARE THE MENTORS?
Our mentors are highly experienced volunteers, with great depth and range of experience. They are passionate, and want to help grow the Cape Breton- Mulgrave entrepreneurial community. You will be connected with mentors who best suit your venture and its stage of development. Your mentor team may change to best match the stage you are in, and the expertise you require.
WHAT IF I HAVE PROBLEMS OR QUESTIONS?
Feel free to talk to anyone of the Mentor Connect staff. Katelyn is a great place to start. Call 902-625-0958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT ARE THE MAJOR RULES I’VE GOT TO KEEP IN MIND?
Every mentor has agreed to abide by a Statement of Guiding Principles and Conflict of Interest Guidelines. While they’re all important, two core principles are vital – confidentiality and conflict of interest. We are entrusted with critical information that we must protect. Mentors must notify the Mentor Connect office of any financial involvement with any venture and remove themselves from their mentor role with respect to that particular venture. If there is any doubt, play it safe and talk to the office staff.