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Mentors have proven to be extremely important to anyone undertaking an entrepreneurial venture and we strongly suggest you have one for this competition and for all the other ventures in your life. Good places to find a mentor include: successful entrepreneurs that you know, professors, experienced professionals, and anyone else that you respect for their accomplishments in and out of business. If you have questions about the competition you can ask Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org and he should be able to answer all of your questions.
If you are having difficulties finding a mentor we can try to make an introduction for you to one of the mentors we work with but we cannot promise to you that we can make this happen. All of our mentors are busy people and not enough of them will have the time to help out. If you would like us to try to match you with a mentor please contact Travis at email@example.com.
Why do they do this? First and foremost, they volunteer as a way of giving back to the university and to society at large. And a true mentoring relationship also works in both directions – they learn about new ideas from you just as you learn timeless wisdom from them.
How will teams benefit from seeing a mentor:
Everybody needs a good reliable sounding board, second opinion, and sometimes just emotional support.
They’ve “been there, done that.” Learn from others' mistakes and successes. They don't have to have experience in your particular industry. Their role is to share with you lessons from their experience in the hopes that you can learn them a bit more quickly and easily.
Expand your social network. Your mentor, being an experienced businessperson, is likely to have an extensive network, and can offer you access to far more senior decision-makers than you currently have.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by finding a good mentor. Every entrepreneur should have one.