BECOME A MENTOR
Would you like to be a sounding board to a startup? To be part of our learning environment and enter into an innovative community? Then maybe it is something for you to become a mentor and make a difference for one of our teams of new entrepreneurs in the AAU Incubator.
THE MENTOR PROGRAM
At SEA we are the proud facilitators of a well-working mentor program which you can become a part of if you are an experienced entrepreneur yourself or have held leading positions in the industry. We match our mentors with our startup teams, so you will become mentor of a group. Typically the matching takes place at our Mentor Summit which you will be invited to as you sign up. The relationship between the mentor and the team will typically be 6 months with one meeting per month but can be structured as the participants wish.
Apart from Mentor Summits we also host other events which are relevant for mentors. This can be business panels which are deciding on startups being able to enter next phase of our programs, and mentor panels where 4-5 mentors discuss a specific startup for 1,5 hours. Both inspiring as well as a good networking opportunity.
WHAT IS A MENTOR?
A mentor has experience in his or her field and shares know-how and competences through guidance, coaching, consulting and feedback. A mentor can be a resource person that can be used for close collaboration. As a mentor you will be a discussion partner and a sounding board for the teams enrolled in our activities and who can draw from your experience.
To be a mentor involves undertaking the role as the one supporting your mentees and requires that you have time for mentor meetings. Furthermore, you have to be able to listen, ask questions and come with good advice.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?
The entrepreneurs you meet will benefit from being matched to knowledgeable mentors who has extensive experience from working in the industry or building their own company, and this is your opportunity to meet interesting and new business opportunities and talents working at building new startups. Furthermore, you might gain insight into new technology before anyone else as well as insight into new innovative business plans, new knowledge etc. You will get the opportunity to network across our network of companies and entrepreneurs.
Additionally, it will sometimes be a possibility to become a board member, a member of advisory board, interim CEO, and the like. It will be an opportunity to be more involved in the innovation and incubator environment at Aalborg University.
Working as a mentor is by default unpaid and getting monetary payment or ownership shares in startups is not permitted as part of the program. We expect you to use around 1-3 hours a month, depending on a matching of expectations with the startup. Once you have left the mentor program, you are free to continue the collaboration and make your own agreement with the startup.
Be a part of turning resarch into business
As a mentor at SEA you will also be a part of our Research to Business program that aims to increase the level of commercialization of research. This means that you can become a business mentor for researchers with an idea that can be commercialized or a team of students working with a research-based idea. You will also get a chance to participate in Research to Business summits, commercial reviews, contribute with business contacts for our researchers, and give us input on how to work with research based business ideas and teams. Read more about the Research to Business program here.
Does this sound like something for you? Then sign up as a mentor and be a part of an innovative environment with endless opportunities.
If you are interested in becoming a SEA mentor, please fill out the form here.
If you have questions, please contact
Annika Camilla Jørgensen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read portraits of mentors and teams
- "Do it with passion - or not at all", Erik Aagaard
- ”Getting involved in interesting debates and ideas for the future”, Henriette Von Platen
Our mentorprogram is a part of the Interreg. project Science for Society 2.0 that aims to make more research come to use outside AAU. You can read more about the project here.
The progam is also funded by Spar Nord Fonden .