Posted on September 15, 2017 by staff

Tech Manchester mentoring initiative seeking start-ups


A not-for-profit initiative seeking to connect entrepreneurs with mentors is calling for Manchester start-ups to sign up.

Tech Manchester’s Meet the Mentor event on Wednesday 4th October will bring together promising tech businesses and more than 60 newly trained mentors.

Between them they have volunteered more than 300 hours of mentoring a month.

Project lead Patricia Keating said: “Manchester’s tech ecosystem will move up a gear in October when dozens of early-stage start-ups are connected with their ideal mentors.

“This event at UKFast will give start-ups the opportunity to meet up to eight prospective mentors with the skills and knowledge they require – and then to choose the mentor that best meets their mission.

“They will then embark on a six-to-12-month journey during which they will identify and explore shared goals and objectives.”

Backed by UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones MBE, Tech Manchester exists to offer mentoring and infrastructure support to early-stage tech start-ups, helping realise Andy Burnham’s ambition of cementing the city as a major European digital centre.

More than 100 people attended the summer launch event, which heard from a number of businesses that had been mentored and ended with a number of workshop discussions.

Jones said on that evening: “Not many successful business leaders tell you that they reached where they are today on their own.

“Everyone needs help and support and tonight is about creating a real, working network of individuals with the skills and the experience to help supercharge Manchester’s tech community.”

The Meet the Mentor event will be held at UKFast Campus, just south of Manchester city centre.