Macquarie Incubator Mentoring Program
Be the wings that help another take flight
When it comes to navigating the road from bright idea to successful, scalable commercialisation, the guidance of someone who’s already been there can completely change the game.
Pairing resident startups with the right mentors to power their journey is an essential component of the Macquarie University Incubator approach. It’s a true partnership, with incredible benefits there for the taking for those willing to step up and genuinely share in the ride.
What’s in it for me?
Mentoring is a two-way street. When you commit as a mentor and really open up to the process, there’s deep satisfaction in helping others succeed and thrive. You’ve worked hard to learn the lessons, and transferring the skills and knowledge accumulated throughout your career – and giving back to the university community – can be genuinely rewarding.
Beyond all this, mentoring is a brilliant way to enhance your own skills in coaching, communication and leadership. Your networks expand and diversify as your reputation as a smart entrepreneur and leader in your field multiplies. And there’s an excellent chance you just might learn something yourself from the person you’re there to guide.
The right stuff
For a mentor to provide real and sustained value, the right mix of skills and experience – and an ability to effectively communicate and transfer them – is crucial.
We actively seek out those with work and life experience in the business world, spanning all stages of the entrepreneurial process.
Great potential for impact comes from:
- Experience: in the successful commercialisation of a new or innovative product process or service; investing in early-stage ventures; attracting seed, start-up or expansion capital; or selling a business.
- Expertise: in a specific field and in relevant disciplines such as eCommerce, regulatory compliance or enterprise computing.
- Networks:both domestic and international.
- Engagement and motivation: a genuine interest in helping researchers, individuals and companies to commercialise new IP.
- Leadership: a willingness and desire to lead others through new territory.
Think you’ve got what it takes?
How are mentors and mentees matched?
Mentors and mentees are matched based on the mentors’ skills and experience and the mentee’s needs and interests.
Do I need training to become a mentor?
Our Mentoring Program Guidelines & Toolkit are intended to provide guidance to both mentors and mentees in fostering a successful mentoring relationship. This will be provided to you once you have been accepted into the program.
How long would I mentor for?
Generally 6 months, but can extend if both parties wish to do so. We expect a minimum commitment of 1 hour per month over this period.
How many mentees can connect with me at one time?
You will be paired up with one mentee, but you can choose to be open to ‘flash mentoring’ which means that other mentees can ask you one-off questions relevant to your expertise.
Content owner: Incubator Last updated: 07 Nov 2019 4:26pm