Mentorpreneurship

Exploring entrepeneurship?

In partnership with OakNorth, we are supporting the development of socially conscious businesses and inspiring entrepreneurial thinking through mentorship.

Markus Ahlberg, Feelmo GAP 2.0

Name

Markus Ahlberg

Job title

Founder/CEO

Company

Feelmo

 

Why did you get involved..?

As part of the Generate Accelerator Programme I was assigned a mentor for the duration of the accelerator.

 

What was the name…?

I was part of the second cohort of the Generate Accelerator Programme (GAP)

 

What's your mentee experience? 

I've had a mentor before, or at least something similar to this but every situation is different.

 

What impact has mentoring had on you, personally or professionally?

Having a mentor has been great for me, both personally and professionally. Leading a startup is, and this is probably and understatement, difficult and, at times, lonely. A good mentor can be an incredible asset that supports you through the ups and downs of the journey. They understand what you're going through and can be a helpful sounding board or there just to listen when you need to vent. The experience has helped me grow as a person as i've learned more about my own strengths and weaknesses and gotten a chance to work on both.

 

What advice would you give to another mentee?

Remember that your time with your mentor is your time. Your mentor has signed up to support you so to get the most out of the experience, make sure that you are intentional and prepared. Know what you want to get out of your time together and where you need support. If you feel like it's not working, that's fine! Talk about that with your mentor and work it out. 

Want more information?

Email l.v.ross@lse.ac.uk / e.makarova@lse.ac.uk to set up a call.

The ‘Mentorpreneurship’ programme is the first university run initiative of its kind to engage past, current and future student entrepreneurs in a ‘life-cycle’ of mentoring. In partnership with OakNorth, founded by LSE alumni Rishi Khosla and Joel Perlman, the programme will support the development of socially conscious businesses and inspire entrepreneurial thinking, by focusing on the fundamental role of mentorship and empowering people to connect with each other, network, and build mentoring relationships via our specially created website and app.

With the overarching ambition of encouraging entrepreneurship as a meaningful path to drive local change and create enduring communities of impact, we've created an amazing programme of online and offline activity including mentor bootcamps, founders' retreats, keynotes and pitching practices, alongside a series of podcasts and audiobooks to connect entrepreneurs with mentors locally and internationally.

Check out more details here and join us as we break new ground in developing game-changing entrepreneurs.

 

Sign up as a mentor

Join LSE Generate as mentor and be part of a new way of learning, as we match mentors and mentees from all walks of life, across the globe, to share experiences that help foster innovation.

Remember when you were starting out on your entrepreneurial journey and you really wanted that trusted, 1:1 support? You hoped for someone, not a family member, a friend or Professor, but a true specialist with lived experience to help guide your next move, support those big business decisions, and overcome challenges thrown your way. Now is the time for you to be that person for someone else.

We’re creating a movement; a movement of people who believe in positive change at a time when the world needs it the most. We’re still holding seminars, we are holding workshops, and we’ve got bucket-loads of ground-breaking talks, but we are doing them differently. We are interactive, we are participatory, we are iterative. We are Mentorpreneurial.

 

How does it work?

It’s simple;

Tell us a bit about yourself here:

Please follow this link

 

Choose from our menu of initiatives you would like to mentor through:

1. Generate Accelerator Programme

LSE Generate Accelerator Programme (GAP) is a 12-week part-time accelerator programme dedicated to the most promising early-stage startups co-founded by LSE students, staff, and alumni. Every year, we choose ten commercially viable startups that exhibit potential in attaining at least one of the UNSDGs through entrepreneurial activities to help them accelerate their growth.

The three key elements of the accelerator are: Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiR), Experts and Mentors. Our experienced EiRs will work with the startups on a weekly basis. We will also bring in experts in their respective fields to share their knowledge through workshops for the cohort and 1:1s with each team to offer tailored support. And finally, we will connect the startups to our mentor network of LSE alumni with relevant (industry) expertise.

2. International Chapters

LSE Generate’s International Chapters educate, connect and inspire our international community of entrepreneurs by developing initiatives that provide support at each stage of the entrepreneurial journey. Our year round programme provides access to investors, mentoring opportunities, pitch practise, initiatives for Female Founders and much more.

In conjunction with directly supporting students and alumni, LSE Generate adds value to international entrepreneurial ecosystems by identifying partnership opportunities as an entrepreneurship education content provider.   

3. Funding Competition

We run the LSE Generate funding competition twice a year, during the Michaelmas and Lent terms. Each competition has 3 to 5 winners, who will each take home a share of £20,000 to spend on their ventures. We welcome applications from the UK and overseas from both current LSE students and alumni graduates.

4. GDST School's Programme

Through a series of mentor-led interactive live and online bootcamps and workshops, accompanied with toolkits, podcasts, and audio series, we inspire the future generation of entrepreneurs and equip them with the skills they need for whatever walk of life they choose. Launched in 2021 with the Girls Day School Trust across 12 UK schools, the Mentorpreneurship Schools Programme is going from strength to strength and starting a movement that is rapidly gaining momentum.

5. ElleSE

ElleSE is LSE Generate’s pioneering programme aimed at women entrepreneurs who are creating global impact businesses across the world. The initiative is delivered by a range of retreats, events and bootcamps to support early-stage women innovators build and scally socially-driven businesses that contribute to the betterment of society.

6. Founderships

Founderships are educational innovation grants, designed to help provide financial security for LSE entrepreneurs as they build their business. The Founderships offer up to seven months of (equity-free) funding and a tailored advisory package, aiming to provide students with enough capital and an adequate support structure to spend a dedicated amount of time creating an enterprise that is well on the way to being investor-ready.

7. Any

If you have no preference, you can support any of programmes listed above.

    Validation call

    This will be with a member of Team Generate.

    Assign a mentee

    The Generate team will identify an appropriate mentee for you

    Start mentoring!

    You are ready to go as an LSE Generate mentor!

     

    By joining LSE Generate’s Mentorpreneurship Programme as a mentor you’re joining a movement of entrepreneurs committed to supporting LSE’s change makers.

    Once you’ve begun you’re mentoring journey, we’ll keep in touch with you to see how you’re mentor / mentee relationship is developing. If all is rosie and well, keep on doing what you’re doing. If you’ve hit a bump in the road, we’re here to support you through it.

     

     

    Expectations

    • A commitment to a minimum of five mentor / mentee engagements over the academic year from September to June
    • Agreement to share feedback on your experience
    • Agreement to the LSE Generate EDI code of conduct

     

    What’s in it for me?

    Other than embarking on a life enhancing initiative?! Lots more:

    • Access to our Mentorship Certification  
    • Tailored mentoring resources dedicated to entrepreneurship
    • Digital mentor / mentee match making
    • A digital community of LSE’s best innovators
    • 1:1 support from the Generate team