One of the most valuable yet challenging things for a first-time founder to find is a strong mentor. As someone with a great idea, it’s critical to validate your idea and get advice on how to develop your company as quickly as possible. Yet it can be difficult when starting out to tap into a network of subject matter experts who can help. When you find a mentor, they won’t always tell you you’re right, but they can share their experiences with you and guide you in the right direction.
Microsoft for Startups mentor network offers you access to a diverse mentor community with thousands of business and technical experts working for Microsoft. The mentors in our network, many of whom were startup founders themselves, are available to help provide guidance. The Microsoft for Startups Mentor Network provides valuable support to help you:
- Validate your idea
- Accelerate development
- Gain access to capital investment
- Explore go-to-market opportunities
Validate your idea
Find a mentor with industry experience who can corroborate your ideas, challenge your assumptions and dispel your doubts. As founder and CEO, Mindaugas Bruzas of Oxus.AI shared: “Our solution targets telcos, and we quickly clicked with our mentor that had over 20 years of experience in the field. He reinforced we were on the right path which was supremely validating and kept us on the right path.”
Our Mentor Network is democratizing access to resources, enabling startups to develop smartly and avoid the missteps of other. See further and move faster by standing on the shoulders of mentors. Sebastian Kaul cofounder of WYZEWORX shared that his mentor helped him navigate partnering with Microsoft: “The mentors were incredibly helpful. It took us a single call to get clarity of how we can achieve distribution and credibility using channels like AppSource and Azure Marketplace.”
Gain access to capital investment
Never underestimate the importance of networking. When it’s time to raise funding, having the right mentor can open doors for you and raise your profile and credibility with the people that matter. Rado Kotorov, founder and CEO of Trendalyze was able to recruit a mentor to serve on their board: “Through Microsoft we were introduced to a subject matter expert who knew our space incredibly well. After a few meetings, we invited him to join the board of our company.”
There are mentors to work with you at every stage of your startup’s development. To get started sign up at startups.microsoft.com.