FAQs from Mentors: Global Mentorship Program

Q: Could you please remind me about the Global Mentorship Program?

A: This is a "tailor-made" startup support program 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 registered with the Kobe Startup Hub, and provides a wide range of support from the idea to the scale stage and overseas expansion.

First, Community Managers of Kobe Startup Hub listen to the startup entrepreneurs' business profile and current challenges, and match them with the most suitable support (mentors, other programs, various resources, potential customers, etc.).

Q: How much time does a mentor need to commit?

A: There is no specific number of hours to commit.If you choose to have a session with a particular mentee, it is up to the mentor's (your) schedule and intentions to decide whether to complete the session on a one-time basis or to meet with the mentee on an ongoing basis.

In order to make the most of your time, we strongly encourage our mentees to do the following three things

  • Share information in advance: update the company page on Kobe Startup Hub, send additional materials
  • Reply quickly
  • Send a thank you email

Q: What is the expected role of a mentor?

A: The mentor is expected to listen to the mentee's ( the founder's ) business progress and challenges, and provide advice and hints that may be useful in overcoming the challenges, based on his/her own experience and expertise. The mentor's opinion will be one of the valuable data points (not an absolute instruction or mandate to be followed) for the mentee to make business decisions.

The Mentor Manifesto(opens in new tab) proposed by Techstars, a prestigious Silicon Valley accelerator, may be helpful. If you notice any mentees exhibiting inappropriate behavior or attitudes during the session, please report it via the recording form or send an email to info[at]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, mentees, 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 fruitful encounters!