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๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ

By ITC and VC4A
In this podcast series, International Trade Centerโ€™s Claire Sterngold and Hanan Taifour together with VC4Aโ€™s David Coleman offer listeners access to advice from a variety of seasoned local and international business experts on how to build and maintain a lasting relationship with the right mentors for your business.
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๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ S1E3: Does my industry affect the type of mentor I need?
Finding the right mentor can be a tricky. How do you know who to turn to? Do you just ask the smartest or most senior person you know in your industry? Not so quick. The needs of you and your startup are specific. Understanding those needs is your best starting point. Finding a mentor who is a good fit for your business is not as hard as finding a needle in a haystack but itโ€™s also not a one size fits all situation. So, what are those all-important considerations you need to keep in mind? Letโ€™s find out. Speakers - Hamidah Thanawala (mentor) - Trudi Haemmerli (mentor) - Bhavna Saraf (mentor) - Ozaal Zesha (mentee) - Sethebe Manake (mentee) Questions: To what extent do you think that the industry or sector that a startup is operating in should influence the choice of mentor to approach? The rate of change in industries and sectors is now at a rate never seen before. Should this influence a startups choice of mentor?ย 
40:53
February 11, 2021
Teaser ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ S1E3: Does my industry affect the type of mentor I need?
Finding the right mentor can be a tricky. How do you know who to turn to? Do you just ask the smartest or most senior person you know in your industry? Not so quick. The needs of you and your startup are specific. Understanding those needs is your best starting point. Finding a mentor who is a good fit for your business is not as hard as finding a needle in a haystack but itโ€™s also not a one size fits all situation. So, what are those all-important considerations you need to keep in mind? Letโ€™s find out.
01:05
February 11, 2021
๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ S1E2: Does my startupโ€™s business stage affect the type of mentor I need?
You might wonder if the stage of your business affects the type of mentor you should seek. To get to the bottom of this question we asked our mentors and mentees whether each new stage of business development demands a new mentor with new skills and expertise. Should you look for one mentor when developing a prototype and then another when seeking seed funding? While there are certainย mentors who can stay with you throughout your journey, serving more as life advisors or guides, when it comesย to seeking mentors with specific skill sets, the answers may surprise you... Speakers: Bhanva Saraf (mentor) Ananth Raja Ram (mentor) Silumesii Maboshe (mentor) Tinashe Guramatunhu (mentee). Questions: Can one mentor stay with an entrepreneur throughout their entrepreneur's journey? How does a ventureโ€™s stage of growth affect the type of mentor they need? At each stage, what type of support can a mentor most effectively provide? What should a founder consider when choosing their first mentor?
39:50
December 17, 2020
Teaser ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ S1E2: Does my startupโ€™s business stage affect the type of mentor I need?
"Think about having a mentor all along, having advice, it's a great thing to have and make a part of your best practice." Bhanva Saraf
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December 17, 2020
๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ S1E1 : How important is a mentor for a startup founder?
While youโ€™re busy trying to grow your enterprise, it can feel like there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done, let alone eat and even sleep! But evidence highlighting the power of mentorship cannot be ignored. Entrepreneurs with mentors tend to perform better by leveraging their mentorโ€™s wisdom and pool of knowledge and networks. On this episode weโ€™ll outline the reasons why a mentor is indeed necessary! In this podcast series, the International Trade Centerโ€™s Claire Sterngold and Hanan Taifour along with VC4Aโ€™s David Coleman join forces to offer listeners access to advice from a variety of seasoned international business experts and young entrepreneurs on how to build and maintain a lasting relationship with the right mentors for your business. In this first of eight episodes this pilot will bring together two respected voices in the SMEs support sector. Don't miss the latest episodes. Be sure to sign upย to receive the lastest podcast episode direct to your inbox. Speakers Ozaal Zesha (mentee) Sethebe Manake (mentee) Opening & closing snippets Hamidah Thanawala (mentor) Trudi Haemmerli (mentor) Silumesii Maboshe (mentor)
32:44
November 26, 2020
Teaser ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ S1E1: How important is a mentor for a startup founder?
How to initiate, build and maintain a productive relationship with the right mentor for your business.ย 
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November 18, 2020