Some of Victoria’s best and brightest entrepreneurs had an opportunity to connect with local business leaders on Wednesday, August 23, at the first annual “Meet a Mentor Night.”
Attendees gathered on the rooftop at The Summit to listen to 90-second presentations from eight entrepreneurs, who pitched everything from new restaurant software to an assortment of different apps. Mentors had the opportunity to follow up with questions after each presentation before wrapping up to network one-on-one.
The event was a collaboration between the South Island Prosperity Project (SIPP), UVic’s Coast Capital Savings Innovation Centre (CCSIC), Island Women in Science and Technology (IWiST), The Victoria Chamber, Alacrity Foundation and VIATEC. Asmaa Methqal, Founder and Strategic Marketing Communications Advisor for Maestra, acted as emcee for the evening.
The “Meet a Mentor” event was a successful initiative that gathered in one place a large pool of local mentors and helped showcase the talent of our young entrepreneurs. It was nice to witness many organic matchmaking opportunities forming throughout the evening,” said Methqal. “This event represents a key milestone to build a strong mentorship base and to support a thriving entrepreneurship community in Victoria,” she concluded.
Not only did the evening provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to tap into the expertise of local mentors, it also offered a chance for mentors and business leaders to connect with one another.
“I felt and saw the synergy that can be brought to bear for the benefit of our local economy by the energy and enthusiasm of participants from each of the sponsoring organizations. This was an immensely beneficial event for all involved,” said Michael Shannon, SIPP advisor.
Given the success and popularity of the first event, the group aims to host “Meet a Mentor Night” once each quarter. While an official date has not been set for the next event, it is expected one will be hosted later this year.