Mentorship Hacks: The Do’s and Don’ts of Mentorship with Startup Founders

by Asia Society Hong Kong Center | 08 July 2020

About this Event

Start-up founders are leading the charge to create an atmosphere of greater collaboration in the midst of unprecedented disruption. In response to Covid-19, start-up founders are pushing the limits of innovation as society shifts at unprecedented speed to adapt to a new reality. In the midst of these challenges, mentorship engagement is critical in driving innovation forward. Start-up mentors enable founders to navigate blind spots, leverage the knowledge of experienced veterans, and optimize their start-up’s success prospects. According to a study by MicroMentor, mentored founders increased their start-up revenue by 83% compared to 16% with non-mentored entrepreneurs. While Hong Kong has world-class research institutes and an increasing number of co-working space and start-up programs, only 15 percent of entrepreneur respondents make use of official R&D support, and 10 percent use mentoring. What are the do’s and don’ts of mentorship? What makes an ideal mentorship relationship in the start-up stage? And how does virtual mentor engagement in a Covid-19 context work best? Come hear Bing Chen, Chairman and Co-founder of Gold House and Former YouTube’s Global Head of Creator Development and Management, Fritz Demopoulos, Co-founders of Qunar and Shawei, one of China’s largest travel platforms, Stephanie Sy, Founder and CEO of Thinking Machines. The panel discussion will be moderated by Lavina Tien, Entrepreneur and Founder of Portovelo Shoes.

Come hear our Asia 21 Leaders, Bing Chen, Fritz Demopoulos and Stephanis Sy, share their insights!

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What is Asia 21 Young Leaders ?

More than a decade ago, Asia Society had a dream: To build a network of young leaders (under the age of 40) across the Asia-Pacific as a way to promote mutual understanding and effective collaboration among the next generation’s most important and influential leaders. A decade later, we have built a movement of nearly 1,000 powerful alumni from more than 40 countries and regions. Today, the Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative stands as the Asia-Pacific’s foremost young leaders network.