Local entrepreneurs to receive expert advice at Mentor Blaze
Sunshine Coast locals will be able to pick the brains of some the best entrepreneurs in the business at a unique mentoring event on March 9.
Mentor Blaze is a high energy, speed mentoring event where locals can explore their business ideas or challenges with a range of willing entrepreneurs and expert mentors – in the same place, at the same time.
The Sunshine Coast event will be hosted by the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast at the Institute of Professional Learning, at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Sippy Downs campus.
Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast CEO Mark Paddenburg said Mentor Blaze would help new entrepreneurs get direct and varied feedback on their startup idea from the Innovation Centre’s experienced mentor network.
“This feedback will help them focus their idea, progress it or even dump it,” Mr Paddenburg said. “Mentors on the day will include founders who have exited, founders of growth stage startups, investors, experienced entrepreneurs, senior executives from global technology companies and more.”
Over the course of the two-hour event, participants will sit down with up to three mentors of their choosing for short, focussed one-on-one sessions. They can also choose to Skype with mentors from other Mentor Blaze events being held simultaneously across Queensland.
Innovation Centre Entrepreneur in Residence and event facilitator Dr Dean Alle said Mentor Blaze would provide a rare opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs, students and businesspeople to speak with mentors with a broad range of expertise.
“Mentoring is really important to the entrepreneurial journey, because it allows you to learn from other people’s mistakes and experiences,” Dr Alle said.
“Mentor Blaze is unique because of the range of mentors on offer – you can sit down with a number of experts, all with different backgrounds and areas of expertise, which means you might get two or three fresh perspectives on a particular idea or challenge.
“It’s essentially speed dating for entrepreneurs.”
Mentor Blaze is Queensland’s premier startup mentoring event, with sessions held simultaneously in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Mackay and Cairns.
Mentor Blaze Sunshine Coast will be held at the Institute of Professional Learning, University of the Sunshine Coast, on Wednesday March 9 from 3.45pm sharp. Mentoring runs from 4pm to 6pm, followed by networking.
Tickets are $15 and places are limited.
To register go to https://innovationcentre.com.au/event/mentor-blaze-sunshine-coast/.
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