Make-IT in Africa Mentor Boot Camps 2019

On April 15th and 17th, 2019, Make-IT in Africa ​​and VC4A held boot camps for selected mentors in Lagos and Nairobi. The role of the mentor is to advise young entrepreneurs in their business development. Mentors play a vital role in strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem and are a key factor for the success of start-ups.

VC4A or ‘Venture Capital for Africa’ is a worldwide community of business professionals in 159 countries. Start-up mentors from VC4A’s mentor network as well as start-ups from the Make-IT and VC4A pool attended the boot camp.

Introduction into mentoring

The full day sessions have been divided in morning and afternoon sessions.

During the first half of the day the mentors were introduced to the programme in more detail. The distinction between mentor, advisor, coach, and investor was as crucial as the introduction of the four building blocks of a strong mentor-mentee relationship.

This was followed by hosted expert sessions on mentorship and on start-ups partnering with corporates, as well as angel investing were highlighted. Here, mentors had to present real-life cases of start-ups they have worked with and the outcome of the partnerships. These sessions emphasised on informal peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, which is crucial in a mentor-mentee relationship.

Start-up mentoring discussion

The afternoon programme was built around the engagement between the mentor and the assigned entrepreneur. The session included amongst others first one-on-one meetings and speed dates, group mentoring, and theme-based mentorship. Further, different topics have been identified by the entrepreneurs, which have been discussed in smaller group breakout sessions and presented to the full group later on.

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