At last week’s Entrepreneurship 101 lecture, attendees were encouraged to consider their startup company in the context of a commercial “ecosystem” – their network not only of customers and suppliers, but also government, service providers, trade associations, etc.

One key component of that ecosystem that was not mentioned is that of a mentor — someone who coaches a first time entrepreneur. For example, institutional investors such as VCs often put an executive chair in place to serve that role. Finding such a mentor can be a challenge — MaRS offers volunteer advisors who may end up playing such a role. I’m interested in any examples of how you found a mentor and how they helped (or didn’t help) you achieve success.

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Tony Redpath

Tony Redpath mentored entrepreneurs at MaRS, with a particular emphasis on environmental, advanced materials and manufacturing markets. His primary role was to ensure that MaRS has the right programs in place to help companies take their ideas to market and that these programs are working together. See more…