Starting a business can be overwhelming! It’s important for new founders to have someone they can turn to for guidance. Our BCITSA Entrepreneurship Mentorship program gives students and alumni an opportunity to connect with and learn from experienced entrepreneurs and business experts. Mentees meet with their mentors on a regular basis over a six-month period to get support to launch or grow their startups, set business goals, and work towards achieving them.
Fall: September to February
Winter: February to July
Please contact Laura Barreca if you are interested in becoming a mentor (Lbarreca@bcitsa.ca)
To be considered for the program, you must:
How to Apply:
Application DEADLINE for the next intake (Winter 2021: February 2021 – July 2021): Monday, January 11, 2021.
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After you complete the application form and once applications close, you will be invited for an intake interview. During the intake interview, we will get to know more about you, your business goals (both short- and long-term), and what your biggest needs are.
Based on the information you share with us, we will go through our database of available mentors to match you with someone who can help you with your specific business goals and needs.
Mentors in our program are volunteers, and are usually experienced entrepreneurs themselves. They are from diverse industries and backgrounds. We also recruit industry experts from a variety of fields, as mentees often need expert support for tasks like prototyping, business communication, networking, or marketing.
You can continue to work with your mentor informally after the mentoring period ends IF both you and your mentor agree to keep working together. This is a conversation you can have with your mentor in the last month of the program. You will be provided with training on how you can approach such a conversation. Please be aware that mentors are generously volunteering their time for this program, and do not always have capacity to continue working with mentees after the program ends.
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Yes, you can apply for mentorship as many times as you wish.
Please note that we will only match you if you will benefit from mentorship in your current stage of business development. Also, you will need to do an intake interview each time you apply so that we can assess what your needs are for successful matching purposes.
This program is open to all BCIT students and alumni. If you are a BCIT graduate, it doesn’t matter if you graduated this year or ten years ago. As long as you are new to entrepreneurship and need support to launch or grow your startup, we’ll match you if we have a mentor that can support you with your business goals.
We will do our best to match you with a mentor closest to your business goals and needs if you are ready for mentorship.
If we don’t have a mentor that meets your needs available for the intake you’re applying for, we will refer you to other resources to support you, and we will keep you top of mind for matching in the next intake.
Mentors in our program are usually experienced entrepreneurs themselves. We also recruit industry experts from a variety of fields, as mentees often need expert support for tasks like prototyping, business communication, networking, or marketing. You should consider becoming a mentor if any of the following apply to you:
We are always looking for experienced founders and industry experts to join our roster of amazing mentors!
To express your interest in becoming a mentor, please complete our online application.
*Please note that for Fall 2020 (September 2020 – February 2021), the program will take place virtually.
Feel free to contact Laura Barreca if you have any questions about becoming a mentor in our program: Lbarreca@bcitsa.ca