The I²C Mentoring Program (IMP) aims at connecting experienced entrepreneurs, subject-matter experts and business professionals with promising mentees located or associated with I²C. The program is a relationship-driven framework that secures the mentee’s development while giving mentors and mentees the freedom to carry out the mentorship the way they prefer.

Types of Mentoring

Monthly Mentoring

The most common and impactful form of mentorship. Allows a mentor to create stronger bonds with the mentee

  • A total of 2-4 hours per month spent on physical or online meetings between mentor and mentee
  • Long-term relationship-driven mentoring
  • A chance to get an in-depth look into the development process of a mentee

Flash Mentoring

A one-time, face-to-face mentoring session. Suitable for mentors with a tight schedule

  • 60-minute session with a mentee
  • Organized once every 6-8 weeks
  • A way to meet different mentees in a short time frame

Group Mentoring

A many-to-one, face-to-face mentoring session.

  • A mentoring session between one mentee and several mentors
  • Gathers the skills and expertise from a mentor group and enhances the mentoring experience
  • A way to for mentors to learn from each other while helping the mentee develop

Virtual Mentoring

A remote mentoring session often conducted via phone or video conference

  • A mentoring session in which the mentor and the mentee(s) are in different locations
  • Suitable for mentors looking to engage with mentees outside of their geographic location
  • A great way for participants in different locations but common fields to establish mentoring relationships

Mentors work with the mentees pro bono, without expectation of reward or compensation. They will share of their knowledge and guidance freely, and will open their networks when appropriate.

IMP Matching Process

The mentor-mentee matching process is a critical part of IMP. New participants can apply to join IMP by completing an application, and mentees who are already enrolled  can apply for a new/additional mentor. Matching can happen in three different ways:

Matching Events

  • I²C will organize matching events for mentors and mentees to interact and get to know one another.
  • Mentees get a chance to pitch in front of mentors with a variety of expertise in business and technology.
  • Mentees receive feedback and get the opportunity to meet with interested mentors through short one-on-one sessions.
  • Mentors get the opportunity to select the mentees they find most interesting.

I²C Matching

  • Mentees and mentors who are not matched at the events have the opportunity to be matched afterward based on the information provided by both parties during the application process.
  • I²C staff match the needs of the mentees with the experience and professional skills of the mentors. If applicable, the business plan and general information of the mentee is sent to a potential mentor who can then decide to accept or decline the match.
  • Upon acceptance from the mentor, I²C will make an introduction between mentee and mentor.

Direct Matching

  • The I²C webpage will have a mentor section that will allow mentees to check out the entire network of I²C mentors.
  • Mentees will be able to view a brief description of all the mentors, their key professional skills, and a brief biography.
  • Mentees can map out potentially interesting mentors who can help them overcome current challenges.
  • Mentees who find an interesting mentor profile can contact I²C for a formal introduction.
  • Upon acceptance from the mentor, I²C will make an introduction between mentee and mentor.

Benefits of being an I²C mentor

  • Gain access to a network of like-minded professionals.
  • Get engaged and be a part of the startup community.
  • Try a new experience. Build new relationships.
  • Gain insights from a vibrant startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Gain satisfaction in helping someone grow professionally.
  • Learn from the mentee.
  • Develop skills as a "teacher" by helping someone clarify their career goals.
  • Develop skills as an "advisor" by helping someone identify their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Receive recognition for supporting entrepreneurship.
  • Discover innovative business ideas and find business opportunities with potential future payoffs.

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