A few weeks ago I was attending just another event where the main topic was “Startups”. Same old faces, same old words, same old chit-chat.
I fired up my iPad browser and searched for the terms “startup event” and this was what I got:
Have a look at the number of results: 136 millions!!! Yes, that’s right. 1.3.6. millions.
I am sure that there are valuable events for startups in that list, and I am not trying to make an argument about you attending those events. What I would like to understand is what is the average value that the startupper brings home after attending those events.
Are they of any value to him or it’s just dreaming a dream?
Sure enough I don’t have the answer. Maybe you find the VC willing to invest in your startup, or the best tech partner on earth, or a good idea for your next startup. Maybe not.
Then, the same night, I looked at this video from TED:
And that was, somehow, illuminating. You should have a look at it, but if you don’t have time just jump to 9.30 and lean back for a couple of minutes.
“Bring your shovel!”
I picked up the phone immediately and called Max, my partner at MU Investments, and said straight away: “Look, we have to do something for startups. I mean, something valuable for startups far away from what we do with MU Investments. Something free!”. He’s crazy enough not even to ask what. The reply was “Let’s do it!”. A few days later Marco also jumped on board and here we are with da Mentors!.
What’s da Mentors!?
It’s quite simple. Each of us will give away four hours of his time to startups who need professional help.
If you need a review of your pitch, a massage to your business plan, suggestion on your web site or application usability or anything else that you think we may help with, just call us and we will try to help you to our best.
Best thing? It’s free. We are doing this on a pro bono basis.
The format is quite simple:
- You have five minutes to deliver your pitch and explain on what you need help.
- You will get two hours of our time to actively work together on your issue.
- You will spend one week doing your homeworks.
- You will get an extra two hours of our time to finish your work.
This is it. Plain, simple and free.
We also would like this to spread. If you want to duplicate the format, please do it. If you want to be a mentor with us, drop us a line and we will be happy to have you. If you want to extend it, you are free to do it.
You will be able to find da Mentors! pretty much everywhere:
Have a look and let me know what you think about it!