If you wish to become a mentor, you should meet the following criteria*:

  • Have a business background of at least 2 years or business development support experience of at least 5 years
  • Min of 12 hours per year
  • Keep mentees’ information confidential
  • Maintain objectivity
  • Bring confidence and optimism to mentees by using the 24×3 rule for optimism. (Each time you hear a new idea, see if it is possible for you to spend 24 seconds, 24 minutes, or a day thinking about all the reasons that the idea is good before you criticize any aspect of it)**
  • Provide honest feedback
  • Have mentorship skills
  • Keen on supporting female startups and entrepreneurs

(Source: * Adapted from Vietnam Mentors Initiative, 2017, Startup Mentoring Manual, **Anthony K. Tjan, 2017, Harvard Business Review. https://hbr.org/2017/02/what-the-best-mentors-do)