The Graduate School of Management of St. Petersburg University (GSOM SPbU) has launched a pilot mentoring program from the Center for Entrepreneurship for students of St. Petersburg State University and other universities in the city who want to develop their entrepreneurial projects.
“The program aims to help students make significant progress in their entrepreneurial endeavors. Often, aspiring entrepreneurs has lack the support and advice of a mentor or an experienced friend who can show them how to overcome difficulties; explain what needs to be done first and what needs to be done further on; show them how to avoid common mistakes at the start. At GSOM SPbU, mentoring programs have already worked successfully, and we hope that our program will be in demand and useful for both students and graduates,” said Karina Bogatyreva, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship.
In total, 14 applications were submitted for the program, from which representatives of the Center selected 10 Bachelor and Master students with their own projects (at the idea stage or already existing) in various fields - from food and clothing production to plastic processing. 10 mentors are entrepreneurs and business leaders - alumni of the Bachelor, Master and EMBA programs of GSOM SPbU. They represent the IT sector, logistics, education and HoReCa.
The program will last for five months and will end in June 2021. In addition to working in mentor-mentee pairs, education events and webinars on topics related to startups and entrepreneurship will also be held during this period.