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Innovation Launchpad Mentorship Program

Engaging Entrepreneurial Mentors for Innovation Launchpad @ CUE

One core objective of the Innovation Launchpad Program is to meaningfully engage entrepreneurial mentors with CUE community members who are starting their ventures. These mentors can comprise members of the local innovation ecosystem, entrepreneurs and CUE Alumni who have either graduated from the Innovation Launchpad @ CUE program or who started a venture while attending CUE. 

The Innovation Launchpad Mentorship Program matches mentors with mentees who are current CUE student entrepreneurs. In several instances, these mentors will be CUE Alumni who have graduated from the Innovation Launchpad @ CUE program and have continued to grow their venture post-graduation. These mentors, while growing their ventures, will be able to develop skills relevant to their growing teams and acknowledge that they may not be paying themselves as their business gains early traction. For mentees, they are able to connect with a peer student entrepreneur who has a combination of experience and empathy for the early-stage student entrepreneurs, which can be difficult for seasoned entrepreneurs. Hence this mentorship program is mutually beneficial for mentors and mentees while creating a pool of seasoned entrepreneurs for the economy. In addition, this program focuses on mentoring the individual rather than advising the company. The Mentorship Program will maximize opportunities for participants to learn necessary skills and access valuable entrepreneur support in a practical, experience-based learning environment.

Role of mentees

  • The primary goal of joining the Mentorship Program is to be inspired to keep working on your idea using lean startup and customer development methodology.
  • You must take initiative. It is your job to reach out, ask questions, seek advice on the next steps, explore possible introductions, and above all else, work on your venture.
  • As a mentee, you should strive to build a relationship with the mentor so that you feel comfortable coming back to the mentor as you build your idea.
  • Consistent contact is critical to moving your venture forward. Seek advice in preparing for grant opportunities and pitch competitions, both internally and externally.
  • Mentees are to commit 2 to 4 hours per month to their mentors. You will be assigned to one primary mentor. You are required to engage with your mentor at least once a month, in addition to checking in with the Director, Innovation and Industry at CUE

2020-22 Innovation Launchpad Mentors

Questions?

Email questions related to this program to:
Isha Katyal, Director, Innovation and Industry at isha.katyal@concordia.ab.ca