FAQ from mentees: Global Mentorship Program

Q: Could you explain again about the Global Mentorship Program?

A: This is a "tailor-made" startup support program that was newly launched at the end of August 2021 by Kobe City, a local government in Japan known for its support of startups throughout Japan and overseas. The program targets startups that have registered on the Kobe Startup Hub, and provides a wide range of support from the idea to the scale stage and overseas expansion.

By sharing your business profile and challenges with Kobe Startup Hub's Community Managers, they will match you with the support you need (mentors, other programs, resources, potential customers, etc.).

Q: How much time will a mentor commit to me?

A: There is no specific number of hours to be committed, and it is up to the mentee's (your) needs and the mentor's schedule and willingness to meet with you on a one-time basis or on an ongoing basis.

Most of the mentors that we connect with are very busy people who volunteer to help the mentees. Please make sure to practice the following three points to maximize the use of their time.

  • Share information in advance: Update your company page on Kobe Startup Hub and send additional materials.
  • Respond quickly: Don't let Kobe Startup Hub's communications go to spam.
  • Remember to send a thank you email: don't forget to fill out the record form too!

Q: What will a mentor do for me?

A: A mentor is a person who listens to your business progress and challenges, and provides you with advice and hints that may help you overcome your challenges based on his or her own experience and expertise. While the mentor's opinion is one of the most valuable data points, be sure to make your own decisions regarding your business (the mentor is not responsible for any of your decisions).

The Mentor Manifest(opens in new tab)o from Techstars, a prestigious Silicon Valley accelerator, may be helpful. If you find any of our mentors behaving in a way that is far from ideal, please report it in the recording form or send an email to info@kobestartuphub.com.

Q: Is it possible to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)?

A: The Global Mentorship Program is based on the principle of disclosing information to the extent that it is not necessary to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). Please do not share any potentially proprietary or confidential information with the community manager, mentors, or any other parties you meet through the community or the program.

You may find the article "Why Investors Don't Sign NDAs(opens in new tab)" helpful. If you would like to make an exception, please contact us at info[at]kobestartuphub.com.

If you have any questions other than the above, please contact us at info[at]kobestartuphub.com.

May you have many encounters that lead to the growth of your business!