Young entrepreneurs got the opportunity to have consultations with leading experts in various fields of business, education and marketing, choosing a mentor whose experience and advice could be useful in building their own business and developing a professional career.
According to the organizers, the most frequent questions from visitors to the Mentor Lounge concerned recommendations on various issues of running their own business: analysis of specific cases, development of a startup, business expansion and access to foreign markets. They were also interested in career development and the balance between academic knowledge and practice. Communication was not limited to consultations: some of the young entrepreneurs were able to interest the mentor and attracted the first investments in their business, and someone received an invitation to speak at a prestigious conference.
According to Yulia Araн, the chosen format is interesting to both parties. “The Mentor Lounge allows us to build a frank conversation, which is also important for us, representatives of the academic community, in order to better understand the needs, demands and expectations of young people. And, I think, for the young entrepreneurs, since they have the opportunity to consult with experts, find out their opinions and get answers to exciting questions. I received not only interesting information from the participants, but also a boost of energy, because they are very interested, active, smart. I believe in youth! ”- said the Academic Director of the MiM program.