Mentor Guidelines

  • Serving as a mentor is a volunteer effort.
  • No compensation is offered.
  • Mentors cannot sell any product or service to Prototype Prime members.
  • Expect nothing in return.
  • Be authentic / practice what you preach.
  • Be direct. Tell the truth, however hard.
  • Listen.
  • Be responsive.
  • Adopt at least one company every single year. Experience counts.
  • Clearly separate opinion from fact.
  • Hold information in confidence.
  • Be honest about what you don’t know. Don’t fake it.
  • Guide. Don’t control. Teams must make their own decisions.
  • Understand that it’s their company, not yours.
  • Accept and communicate with other mentors that get involved.
  • Be optimistic.
  • Provide specific actionable advice, don’t be vague.
  • Be challenging but never destructive.
  • Have empathy. Remember that startups are hard.
  • Have fun. Mentoring is a give and take arrangement.
  • You will be surprised at how much you learn.