Introducing Management Consultant and Entrepreneur, Henriette Von Platen. In her spare time Henriette works with start-ups at AAU, helping them focus on the business and not only the idea or concept.
Name: Henriette Von Platen
Function: Management Consulting
Which start-ups have you mentored?
Previously I mentored ConTolk. Currently I am mentoring ”HOP Denmark”.
Why did you choose to become a start-up mentor for a AAU start-up?
It is quite rewarding to be part of the innovations, wealth of ideas and entrepreneurial energies found in start-ups.
What are some of the best things about being a start-up mentor?
Getting involved in interesting debates and ideas for the future.
What are some of the greatest challenges of being a start-up mentor?
Getting the start-ups to realise the importance of paying attention to the business side, and not only the idea or concept.
Would you recommend the role as start-up mentor to others, and why?
Sure, but only for those who have this attitude: it should be fun to be part of an entrepreneurial environment.
What advice would you give to a new start-up mentor?”
One must remain open, listen and enjoy hearing about many new ideas.
If given a chance to give a general piece of advice to start-ups, what would it be?
Listen to your mentors…they are there to help make a business out of your idea!