This Tuesday NewMan's Smart Up center had an all day Mentoring event.
Starting from 12:00 pp Smart Up mentors Ivica penic and Vasko Karangelevski worked with Smart Up Center Teams on how to use Growth Hachking, develop their business.
Following the mentoring We had the opportunity to host a specialized Mentorship Session with Mr. Mike Ducker from 17:00 to 20:00 as part SECO Entrepreneurship Program wich is funded by SECO and implemented by Swisscontact.
We discussed about methodology, approaches on how to maximize the output of our Acceleration Program and gained much from his experience in US and the Middle East on Building Startup Ecosystems, Mentor development and support of startups. As part of the exercises our pool of Mentors from NewMan's and guests from Ceseed, NCDIEL, U:Plug and GSIX did a Speed Mentoring Session with 10 Startup teams. The startups worked on on their business model canvas grasping the opportunity to get the most of the mentors experience in less than 15 min. As a special part of the training our team INVENOS from Pristina was chosen to present and work on a 20 min mentoring session with Mike on a large Business Model Canvas.
Mr Ducker was exited to find that NewMan's has a great Start up program already working with startups from Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia and Bosnia and a pool mentors/entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds and experience ready to meet their needs.
Talking about Ideas and what it takes to make it real Mr Ducker said "Ideas are nothing, implementation is everything" that's why accelerators are essential in supporting and developing healthy Startups.