For startups, the first years are unarguably the most critical time in the life of the company. Timely access to key resources, advice and knowledge is essential for entrepreneurs to succeed. As an organisation that supports entrepreneurship among university students, creating a strong community of mentors is a natural goal of ours. We match the startups in our incubator or accelerator programs with highly skilled volunteer professionals who can provide strategic guidance and thereby help them reach their goals and milestones.
The vision of CSE mentors is to develop and implement the best-in-class mentoring initiatives that will help guide university startups through their growth phase.
Join a growing community that has already created 100+ mentor-mentee matches and continues to make an impact through the power of mentoring to help small businesses thrive.
Network with business professionals and entrepreneurs
Develop skills and get updated on the newest trends and innovations
Uncover innovative ideas and new business opportunities
We had begun to see ourselves with more than just an idea, we had a business now! We felt it was a serious programme. We felt we needed more hardcore business counsellin
I feel that as an entrepreneur you really gain a lot from interacting with the other entrepreneurs, that you would not have achieved being surrounded by mentors and advisors alone
CSE mentor relationships last 6-9 months, during which the mentee and mentor meet face-to-face for one to three hours each month to work towards setting and realizing personalised, measurable and attainable goals. CSE will facilitate the application and matching process based on the startup’s needs and specific situation as well as the mentor’s interests and areas of expertise, however, the decision to form a relationship remains with the prospective mentor and mentee. From there, mentees drive the relationship with a CSE Business Developer checking in periodically to ensure healthy progress.
Join forces with other mentors to help the startups at CSE during 2-hour springboard sessions. Mentor 360 is a thematic and focused group mentoring based on most known business diagnostic tools and frameworks. It basically covers all aspects of business but the main focus is on business model, strategy and the best road to market. It helps startups get hands-on advice and insights on how to tune their business directions in order to increase the success probability and mitigate the associated risks.
You and one or more other mentors will follow a startup over the duration of their stay at CSE. You will meet at monthly 2-hour sessions where the startup will present their progress since the last session and discuss their next challenges.
As a way of giving back to you, we have launched a series of workshop and networking sessions designed to help mentors learn and grow as business leaders. The peer interactions and educational opportunities at these sessions will help you become a well-rounded business professional by expanding your network and improving upon your business knowledge within the field of entrepreneurship and innovation. These sessions are typically organized around specific themes and offer a rich environment for networking.
At CSE we welcome a wide range of experiences. However, to become a CSE mentor, you must have
3+ years of experience as an entrepreneur or 5+ years of relevant business or technical experience.
All mentors are hand-picked among the best and selected based on their expertise, their skills as advisors as well as their desire and ability to give back.
We understand that professionals like you are busy and can have changing schedules and workloads over periods. We therefore do our best to ensure a
flexible mentor program with a variety of mentor activities that each require different degrees of commitment, time, and involvement. At CSE, you
can choose everything from devoting single afternoons to Mentor 360 sessions to becoming involved in one or more startups over a longer period as part of an Advisory Board or a Strategic Mentorship.
Fill in the mentor application formula. Describe yourself, what you do, and what type of startup and mentoring activities you are interested in. In addition to helping us find the perfect match, your picture, job title, self-description will be on our webpage with your permission.
Within one week, CSE will review your application. Upon acceptance into the program, you will receive information on our upcoming activities such as workshops and Mentor 360 sessions. If you have indicated that you are interested in a strategic mentorship, we will begin to look for a match among the startups who have applied for a mentor.
We put a lot of time and effort into finding the perfect match for you and the startup, for which reason it may take some time to find just the right match. You will be updated on the process as soon as we find a potential match. If we reach out with a potential match and you are ready to move forward with it, CSE will e-introduce you to your mentee.