–SURGE Mentor Hours are a chance for startups to troubleshoot problems with an experienced industry veteran. Our mentors include VCs, CEOs and media professionals from around the world.
Mentors provide one-on-one candid advice to startups on various aspects of starting and running a business. At our European event Web Summit, over 650 mentor hour sessions happened.
Startups interested in taking part will fill out a short questionnaire designed to highlight the areas where they require advice.
Our team of data scientists will match these startups with an industry veteran from one of our four mentor tracks, who will be able to advise them on how to help their business develop and grow.
For an idea of the kind of mentors taking part, take a look at four people who got involved with Mentor Hours at Web Summit this year:
Stephen Kelly – CEO – SageSince November 2014, Stephen has been CEO at Sage who supported Mentor Hours at Web Summit this year.
Previously, he served as CEO of two fast-growing, public software companies: NASDAQ-listed Chordiant Software and London Stock Exchange-listed Micro Focus International.
Ambarish Mitra – Co-Founder & CEO – BlipparAmbarish is CEO of a company now valued at $1.5 billion. He co-founded Blippar back in 2011 and has since grown the startup to a unicorn.
Blippar is an augmented-reality advertising company that allows people unlock digital experiences from the physical world.
Ambarish will speak at SURGE, where he’ll be giving startups advice in our Startups Track.
Werner Dorfmeister – Europe CTO – Hewlett-PackardWerner is the man responsible for developing Hewlett-Packard’s emerging services in Central and Eastern Europe.
He’s tasked with driving HP’s industry-specific initiatives like railway industry solutions, next-generation workplace solutions and network as a service projects.
Werner previously worked for VMware Global, managing their business in Central and Eastern Europe.
Mike Lee – Co-Founder & CEO – MyFitnessPalMike co-founded MyFitnessPal – a health app and website with a community of more than 80 million users – in 2005.
Having raised $18 million in funding, MyFitnessPal was acquired by Under Armour for $475 million in February of this year.
Mike’s advice for would-be entrepreneurs is to just get started: “I wish I had started the company much sooner, because I learned much faster by diving in than I did by waiting around for the optimal time,” he has said.
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