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Entrepreneurial Mentorship

The Entrepreneurial Mentorship program provides BCIT students and alumni who currently own their own business, or who want to own their own business, an opportunity to connect with and learn from experienced entrepreneurs. You’ll meet with your mentor on a regular basis in order to get experienced insight and support to help you meet your business and career goals.

Program Details & Requirements

  • 6 month commitment
  • Two intakes:
    • November 2017 – April 2018 (Application deadline: September 22, 2017)
    • February 2018 – July 2018 (Application deadline: January 05, 2018)
  • Meet with your mentor/mentee 2 hours per month (at least 1 hour in person)

Are you eligible?

  • For mentees: A BCIT student or alumni who aspires to be an entrepreneur or who has no more than 2 years experience as an entrepreneur.
  • For mentors: An entrepreneur who has at least 3 years experience owning and operating a business.

Tell me more about being a

Mentee Requirements:

  1. Full time or part time BCIT student in a declared program or BCIT alumni of less than 2 years
  2. Have an established idea of a business product or service and can demonstrate a minimum of 2 months’ work* towards the business idea; if a business is established, have no more than 2 years’ experience in the business
  3. Interested in the support of mentor for business development
  4. Willing to balance school and business planning priorities with proven efforts in the past 2 months
  5. Available to connect with the mentor a minimum of 2 hours per month for the duration of the program (6 months)
  6. Willing to create and work on SMART goals that will drive business development over the 6 month program

*Two months’ work towards the business idea may include market research, idea validation, or any actions taken towards building the business idea.

Mentee Application Process:

  1. Complete the online application for the next intake (Nov. 2017 or Feb. 2018)
  2. Attend the Goal Digger Workshop and submit 3 SMART goals for the mentorship program
  3. Complete an intake interview
  4. Attend the Mentee Training and Kick-off Event to meet your Mentor

Top 5 Reasons to Join the Program

  1. Learn valuable advice from an experienced entrepreneur in your field
  2. Demonstrate the Do’s and Dont’s for an early start-up
  3. Develop entrepreneurial skills and knowledge in strategic and operational processes, business model/planning, funding, and other areas in line with your specific SMART goals
  4. Formulate and work towards the completion of 3 SMART goals in order to be closer to building a successful business

Mentor Application Process

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Intake phone interview
  3. Attend a Mentor Training Session
  4. Receive a bio of your mentee (if matched successfully)
  5. Kick-off Event to meet your Mentee

Top 5 Reasons to be a Mentor

  1. Enhance your leadership skills
  2. Pay it forward and share your passion, talents and expertise with others
  3. Expand your network by connecting with mentees and fellow mentors
  4. Exchange new perspectives and fresh ideas with your mentee
  5. Contribute to your mentees’ success

MatchBoard

MatchBoard helps to create interdisciplinary connections among BCIT student entrepreneurs and project seekers. Are you a student looking to build some extra experience to add to your portfolio? Are you a student entrepreneur looking for some extra help with a skill set you don’t have? MatchBoard connects student entrepreneurs with potential partners or supporters from within the BCIT community!

Stay tuned…more details coming soon!