Here’s how the flyer reads and it’s a great opportunity for any founder or team to consider, eh!
Do you have a background in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) and were recently laid-off or down-sized from your job in Southern Ontario? Have entrepreneurial aspirations and a big idea?
It’s said “…it’s not what you know, but who you know…” and what we’re going to post today…is all about the exact opposite…i.e. what you need to know to be a Startup Mentor.
Seems like there’s a fair bit of chatter on the whole topic of Mentorship happening with many of the bloggers that I read at least weekly and I thought that here maybe I’d add my own voice to same. Disclaimer – I know only a couple of these entrepreneurs personally but would vouchsafe them all as knowledgeable, talented and yes TRUE mentors in their own right as they all own that “Been there & done that” T-Shirt, eh!
That said, what am I talking about when I say “mentorship” as a definition of what is done in any startup ecosystem? Well, to my mind, it’s the creation of a network of like minded individuals who will be instrumental in helping new startups gain traction for their ideas…and lead them to success.
It will come to no surprise to those of us who follow closely the goings-on at our #HamOnt Innovation Factory, the the final decision on who will replace our leaving Exec Director, Ron Neumann has just been made – and it’s Dave Carter their in-house CTO in Residence who is stepping up to lead the organization!
As many of us staunch startup supporters know, Ron after being the ExDir of the Innovtion Factory for almost 3 years now, is moving on to head up his own new business (hopefully from right here in #HamOnt, eh!) and those ExDir reins get handed over to Dave in about a week or so….till then both are using their collaboration skills to aid in the transition….and we’re all chuffed about the new vision that Dave will be bringing to our community of startups!
Well through the week I’m often at the Innovation Destination milieu, at our beautiful McMaster Innovation Park where startup entrepreneurs drop by on a daily basis. Not all or even a major number wander over to say “hi” and ask for some advice/counsel…but the ocasional one does in an off-hand sort of way….as when I ask “what’s new” I usually then get a list of current issues, problems and crossroads that they’re facing…
Once again, it was my pleasure to be involved as one of the Mentors for the weekend just past’s big #HamOnt event – our third StartUpWeekend and what a great success it was too!
Held downtown on James St South, at the popular Radius Cafe building, this event was ably led by our Innovation Factory, Software Hamilton, KiteString agency and Vana Workforce and each of same had their top-notch talent there to present and run the whole event.
I dont know if that’s because it’s gender specific, i.e. women competitors only, or if I’ve just been too deep into my own Canadian SEO practice, but here’s the skinny on this great event for our #HamOnt women entrepreneurs!
News is always fun to report on, and today we’re just one day away from the upcoming big LiFT Conference to be held at the McMaster Innovation Centre here in our bustling startup community of #HamOnt!
And while I know some of what the Agenda will be, it’s now even packed with more information for any SME owner.
Here’s how the article today in our Hamilton Spectator says will be an event where Entrepreneurs can get a LiFT at a daylong Session -
Yes after about 2 years and a bit, last night our own Hamilton RIC (Regional Innovation Centre), our Innovation Factory opened up it’s brand new premises at McMaster’s Innovation Park and boy what a great party it was!
Filled up with local and GHTA and regional “movers & shakers” the reception was one of the best I’ve been to in years, with both politicians, angels, startups and the “usual suspects” in our community startup channel too!
Been thinking on this quite a bit lately, especially as I get to “peek under” the hood at many new startups and their technology solutions to combat what they see as a “hole in the marketplace.” What I mean by that is that when a new startup begins to do their pitch to a room full of angels or VCs or mentors or even at a pitch contest, what they often have to do is to spell out their solution to the pain that they believe exists.
And as a part of that “spelling out” of their technology what they often do is to let the room full of listeners learn about their technology and how it works…and that’s a part of their presi…and when you hear a dozen or so of these weekly, you quickly can “suss” out what that means.
It was my extreme pleasure last evening to have been invited to sit on a Panel of #HamOnt local startup entrepreneurs at an event held by Fullerton Media and a great set of Sponsors to follow the first screening of that great entrepreneurs movie “The Startup Kids!” And what a great event it was too!
The screening was open to all established and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Greater Hamilton Area and it was a documentary about young web entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Europe. Founders of Vimeo, SoundCloud, Kiip, InDinero, Dropbox, Foodspotting and many others talk about how they started their company and their lives as an entrepreneur. Innovation Factory, kitestring creative branding studio, Fullerton Media, and Mohawk College all teamed up to Sponsor the screening of The Startup Kids.
Very short post this am….as I’ve loaded the car and we’re heading north in a few minutes…but wanted to share the following with you all…
First, that our local Spectator gave us, Snappay a short notice in a recent Business section of the paper…and I wanted to both thank the paper as well as show it off right here….
As you can see, the notice is small…and yeah we’d have loved something bigger and better but hey there’s this sporting thingy going on over in England I hear and then a Presidential election south of the border…so I guess space is at a premium, eh! But thanks Spec….for the mention!
Last thing today….before I go and gas up and hit the road…just wanted to say a big KUDOS to our Canadian Olympic athletes and that I hope that you all do well in your various competitions and races….nothing better than the smile one gets when I hear O Canada in the medal ceremonies, eh!
Back mid week so enjoy one and all…