11 Ideas For Finding a Mentor For Your Startup

11 Ideas for Finding a Mentor for Your Startup

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6. Be Persistent. Your network is your net worth, so commit to attending seminars, expos and conventions. Find someone that you want to connect with and start asking them questions. If they are difficult to get a hold of, just keep contacting them in a professional and polite way. You can only get so many “no’s” before you get a “yes.” This strategy has helped me get my first mentor who was running a $50 million business at the time.

Engelo Rumora, Ohio Cashflow

7. Tell Your Story. I’ve found that the more I tell our story, the more opportunities for mentorship, funding, and business deals seem to appear out of nowhere. When people are inspired by a story or a purpose, they often feel a desire to be involved. One of my college professors founded several large companies and I didn’t even know it until years later. He’s now my closest mentor. Tell your story.

Jesse Lear, V.I.P. Waste Services, LLC

8. Get in Touch With Entrepreneur Organizations. There are organizations seeking to equip and empower entrepreneurs, so I’d recommend contacting them and attending networking events, mentoring programs, etc. Go to as many events as you can, talk with many people and see which organization or initiative could fit your needs.

Alfredo Atanacio, Uassist.ME

9. Take Classes and Connect With the Teacher. Take an in-person or online class relevant to your small business or startup, and then make it a point to connect with your teacher afterwards. Ask a question and then ask for their contact information so you can follow up. Then set up a lunch or coffee over the next few weeks. Over time, you can form very strong relationships this way without ever formally asking someone to be a “mentor.”

Mattan Griffel, One Month

10. Work Out of a Local Co-Working Space. Building strong relationships with others requires proximity, and co-working spaces attract like-minded people in high-density clusters. Your skills will be helpful to others, and peer-to-peer mentoring with other innovators is invaluable.

Blake Miller, Think Big Partners

11. Work for Your Desired Mentor. One of the best ways to learn is by osmosis (i.e., picking up habits, methods and mindset from the people you work around). If you aspire to get a celebrity mentor like a Bill Gates or Mark Cuban, remember that this person is very busy. If you want someone of that caliber, find a way to make yourself useful by working in his or her organization and building a relationship there.

Brian David Crane, Caller Smart Inc.