Mentors play a key role in the start-up ecosystem in advising and supervising the young founders.

Firstly,the mentor network programmes train experienced individuals in becoming a start-up mentor and assign start-ups to these individuals based on their needs.

Lead Applicant’s members’ involvement and engagements with mentors during the EU Project “Technical Assistance for Growing and Prospering Entrepreneurship ecosystem in Ankara to increase Young Employment” show that there is a need for a reference guide for both start-ups and mentors to refer to especially for managerial and organisational matters as there is no standard or a guide that mentors can keep as a go to handbook.

Mentor programmes can also highly benefit from the outcomes of this project in terms of re-shaping their mentor training materials and utilising project management tools and practices. This project will provide a Practice Guide which can be utilised by both mentors and start-ups. The guide will take start-ups to the next level in terms of laying the foundations of their work strong and to be on top of their day to day work.As part of this project, we will introduce this guide for tens of mentors in Ankara, Istanbul, Sofia, Paris and Ljubljana.

We will have online and face to face meetings with other actors of the Start-up Ecosystem such as mentors.The aim of these meetings is to share the Start-up Survey Analysis and Comparison Report with at least 10 mentors to receive their input in order to make more sense of the survey results as well as to fill in the missing topics.

To Organise Informative Sessions For Mentors

The other our aim is to disseminate the knowledge we outlined in the Practice Guide to mentors ,so that in their actions and supervisions with start-ups they can also refer their start-ups to the Guide and utilise Project Management Tools and Methodologies.

Tens of mentors will have had informative sessions on the Project Management Tools and Methodologies as well as the PM Web Portal for start-ups. These informative sessions will take place in Ankara, İstanbul, Sofia, Ljubljana and Paris. At least %50 of the mentors trained will be based in Turkey.

The benefit of these courses for mentors is that it provides a sound reference guide for mentors to utilise during their mentoring sessions. The need of such a guide arises as the mentors do not necessarily follow a course or a programme to become a mentor, thus, although the mentors are very experienced and knowledgeable individuals, they may not be familiar with Project Management Concepts or may not have had a technical background on PM.

The objective of these informative sessions is not teach mentors the PM knowledge areas, but rather to present them how they are relevant in the world of start-ups. This course aims to showcase mentors and incubation centre managers how and why Project Management tools and methods are relevant for start-ups and how start-ups can utilise these tools and methods for their operational routine