Editor's Note: This is the second in a two-part series on mentorship. A mentor can be the key to your growth as an entrepreneur, but it's important that you find the right person to develop a successful mentor/mentee relationship, keeping in mind that some of the best of theserelationships are informal.
Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part series on mentorship. You've heard about the power of mentors, but honing in and landing the right one can be difficult. While some programs, like University at Buffalo's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, provide help in connecting mentors to mentees, they typically match people based on industry and skills.
Michael Spence is a speaker, trainer, and business consultant focused on people, performance, and profits. He learned much of what he knows about business and technology by leading a young telecom sales organization to 400% growth and being listed on the Inc 500; everything else he picks up from interviews with business leaders and influencers.
Where can you spend 54 hours with hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs, business coaches, and venture capitalists? Welcome to Buffalo Startup Weekend, an event designed to provide superior experiential education for entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.