Mentoring is a process whereby one person shares his/her knowledge, skills and experience to help others to progress. The person sharing their expertise and experience is known as mentor and the recipient is known as mentee. Mentors work on purely voluntary basis and they acquire satisfaction in the success of their mentees
Mentors can come from any background, however, they are typically professionals, entrepreneurs, and experts in their particular field. The mentors have strong commitment to ecosystem building and supporting the budding entrepreneurs which is why they make their expertise available to mentees on a pro-bono basis.
The young entrepreneurs who are looking for valuable experience and expertise of mentors are known as mentees. All the incubatees of BIC Startups are known as mentees during the mentoring phase.
Mentoring is not just about ‘giving advice’, or passing on an experience of mentor to mentee in a particular problem or situation. It is more about motivating and empowering the mentee to identify their own issues, goals, problems and method of resolving those issues or problems. Mentors help their mentees, not by doing it for them, or expecting them to do it the way they did it, but by understanding and respecting different ways of working. Mentors help mentees come up with their own answers and solutions and normally do not prescribe a particular solution and enforce it on mentees.