The GCIP Mentoring Programme is a key component of the Programme. The mission of the mentor programme is to maximize every participant’s chances of being a prize winner, but most important, of raising investment capital and of achieving sustainable commercial success.
After a team is selected to participate in the Programme, the mentor matching process begins. Assignment is based on mutual areas of interest and proper matching of team needs and mentor strengths. A team may have access to more than one specialist mentor to assist in various aspects of the business plan, fine tuning the investor pitch and building out the team.
All our mentors are highly experienced business leaders who have volunteered their time to help ensure the success of all participating teams. Subject to availability of suitable mentors, teams can count on help with:
Throughout the Programme you will have access to a variety of mentors based on your needs and the areas of expertise in which you require support.
1. Generalist Mentors
Generalist mentors are experienced professionals with proven records of success in either relevant clean technology industries or innovation-driven start-ups who become key assets for the participating teams. In the context of the accelerator, generalist mentors become a champion for your team, coaching and leading the team to build excellent business models and investor pitches on which you will be judged. Outside the accelerator, successful generalist mentors become trusted advisors for the team, often introducing you to potential investors, partners and customers.
2. Specialist Mentors
Tapping world-class expertise in key functional disciplines like finance, marketing, engineering, sustainability and legal is vital for our contestants to build successful enterprises. Specialist Mentors are an elite group of subject matter experts who act as resources for your team during the accelerator. Typical specialist mentors are management-level at companies large and small who are recognized leaders in their discipline.
3. Mock Judging
Mock Judging is held in 6-8 September where Mentors and other experts are invited to watch the participating teams’ practice pitches. Unlike the full judging session, no marks are awarded; instead, your team will receive real-time comments and feedback. You will then work with your mentors to tighten up your pitch in preparation for judging for the Finals in 9-13 October.
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