Information for mentors

Help inspire Canberra’s next big thinkers, innovators and entrepreneurs.

A crucial element of the IACT program is our brilliant network of mentors, who help inspire, motivate and guide our teams through this pivotal stage in their entrepreneurial journeys.

By mentoring an IACT team, you can:

  • Give back to the local startup community
  • Develop your own skills by teaching others
  • Be the first to hear about innovative new business ideas
  • Scout for talented young entrepreneurs

Interested in mentoring? Get in touch via the Contact Form, with some more details about your expertise and areas of interest and what you’re looking for in a team to mentor, and someone from the IACT team will get in touch to discuss further.

Frequently asked questions about mentoring

Mentoring with IACT is best suited to those who have had their own recent experience working on or with startups, e.g. founders, business consultants, etc. We’re looking for mentors who can give teams encouraging yet frank feedback and advice, and who can prompt teams to ask themselves the right questions.

It is up to you how much time you are able to commit to mentoring, however we recommend setting aside 1-2 hours per week from September to October to meet and work with teams.

The IACT teams will also invite you to optional events for those looking for more opportunities to engage with teams.

Once you have signed up as a mentor, you will be invited to attend our Mentor Matching event on 27th August. There, you will have the opportunity to meet teams through a series of speed-networking rounds.

If you can’t make it along to the Mentor Matching event, we can also send you team profiles.

You will then get be asked to nominate the team/s that you would be happy engaging with, and the IACT team will help facilitate introductions from there.

Many mentors choose to mentor more than one team, but it up to you and your capacity – we don’t want you to have to stretch yourself too thin. While we certainly appreciate all the mentor assistance we can get, there are certainly no expectations for you to mentor multiple teams.

Once matched with a team or teams, it is between you and your team/s to decide where, when and how often you wish to meet. We would recommend some short form of contact, e.g. email, phone call, face-to-face meeting each week from September to October, so you are able to see the teams’ progress.

While the IACT team will check in with you and teams every so often to see how the mentor relationship is going and if there is anything we can assist with, we encourage teams to initiate contact with mentors and to manage the relationship.

Once the program concludes, it is up to you whether or not you choose to continue the mentoring relationship with the team, though there are certainly no expectations for you to do so.

As IACT is a free program, we do rely on the generosity of our mentors to volunteer their time to help our teams. We appreciate your understanding.

Great to hear! To express your interest, get in touch with the IACT team via the Contact Form, including some details about your expertise and areas of interest, and what you’re looking for in a team to mentor. Someone from the IACT team will then get in touch to discuss further.