'Many successful people attribute part of their professional success to having a mentor'
I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for me to work on your project, I can tell you I won’t do that. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a blessing for people like you. If you tell me you don’t need help now, that’ll be the end of it.
I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will mentor you!
Our mentors are here to help you! Find below their bios and their area of expertise.
If you think you would like their support at the hackathon please make sure you grab them on the weekend, they will be only too happy to help!
What makes a great mentor?
In a recent article for Forbes Magazine, Patricia Duchene noted five values she says that great mentors share:
- Accessibility – being available
- Authenticity – genuinely interested to help you on your journey
- Objectivity – giving honest feedback and being ready to challenge as well as praise
- Continual Learning – open to new ideas and responsive to change
- Values – such as respect, honesty and kindness
At our events, we ask that all our mentors agree to work in accordance with these values.
Help you to identify areas you are making assumptions – and how these can be tested
Be willing to offer a different viewpoint (and mentors may often disagree!)
Help you to find resources you need that will help you on your journey
Respect your decisions and leave you in control of your project
Tell you what to do, why or how to do it, or why your project can’t or shouldn’t progress!
Outstay their welcome or interrupt your team and insist on being heard
Forget your objectives and your need to prioritise activities over the course of the event
Allow you to feel that because they have spoken, that must be right!
We hope and expect that mentors will enjoy their time, and we ask that team members respect that mentors are volunteers offering you their time, wisdom and connections in order to help you and the wider Innovate Suffolk mission of making our county the best place to start and grow businesses!