What is speed networking?

See wikipedia: Speed Networking.

What is the agenda?

See agenda on the agenda page here.

How do the mentors fit in?

Ten entrepreneurs will be paired up with ten mentors. Each entrepreneur will have 5 minutes talk to speak with each mentor.

Who qualifies as a mentor?

Successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors or service and academic professionals.

Mentor characteristics:
  • Solid expertise relevant to early stage companies
  • Good listener & ability to advise
  • Time to participate
If you are interested in participating as a mentor then please email info@thementorconnect.com.

Who are the current mentors for Mentor Connect 2011 (May)?

See Mentor section here.

What charity will the May 2011 proceeds go to?

Big Brothers Vancouver, a great organization that connects young children with big brothers (mentors).

How do I participate in the main mentor speed networking event as an entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurs interested in participating in the main event will need to purchase a ticket (here) and answer the following questions.
  1. What is the name of your company (include website)? What is your position?
  2. What product or service does your startup provide?
  3. What stage is your startup at?
  4. What is your academic/work/startup history? (or include a resume)

Please send your answers to info@thementorconnect.com by 9PM, May 9, 2011. You will receive a follow up e-mail within 3-5 days after the submission cutoff date.

Should I participate in the speed networking event?

As an entrepreneurs, you are selling both yourself and the business.

The most important entrepreneurial characteristics are
  • motivation
  • commitment
  • ‘coachability’
  • a realistic view of building a technical startup
Vancouver has various organizes that provide a community of learning and training to help entrepreneurs build a knowledge foundation for their business.
Having a live version or demo of your product or service is highly recommended since it is one way to demonstrate that you have taken action and are executing. A working version or demo will make you very persuasive, however a demo isn't your only persuasive tool and is not required for participation.

What about my co-founder/teammates/colleagues?

Yes. Co-founders/teammates/colleagues are welcome to come out. 

Co-founders/teammates/colleague can participate as a team in this event. However, we recommend that you have at most three members in your team. Please email us at info@thementorconnect.com to let us know if you will be participating as a team, so that we make accommodations.  

Your co-founders/teammates/colleagues are also welcome to stand on the sidelines during the speed networking session.

What should I bring to the speed networking event?
  • Business cards.
  • A quick pitch about yourself and/or your product or service.
  • A good idea of what you need from a mentor to move forward with your startup.
  • Bonus: a demo of your product or service on a portable device (a tablet or mobile phone), remember you have 5 minutes, unless you can convince mentor(s) to stick around afterwards.

Can I attend, but not participate in the main speed networking event?

Yes. Please register on eventbrite here, by purchasing the minimum number of raffle tickets.

We have invited various entrepreneurs, professions, & organizations to attend, so there should be a fair number of people to network with.

You are welcome to watch entrepreneurs participate in the speed networking event as long as the noise level is sufficiently low.

What is the event cost?

Attendees are required to purchase a minimum number of raffle tickets. Please see the ticket info page here for current raffle ticket price and specials.

How much are raffle ticket costs?

Please see ticket info page here.

How do I register to attend the event?

We have a limited capacity, so please look for more details and register early through eventbrite here.

What are the raffle prizes?

Please see the raffle prize section here.

I would like to sponsor, help, or volunteer for this event?

Please email info@thementorconnect.com.

I would like to set up a booth at the event to promote my business, organization, or future event?

Please email info@thementorconnect.com.

I need more information who can I contact?

Please email info@thementorconnect.com.