Mentoring, advising and support [P3.S2]
AIM: To create an effective vertical and transversal scholarly and entrepreneurial mentoring program that will help on one hand insert people into the network and help them navigate through it, and on the other, foster an active and vivid community of scholar innovators and entrepreneurs. The academic component of the project should help guide students and scholars in navigating through the complex academic world and its myriad of opportunities in education, discovery, and innovation.
The mentoring program must ensure that all Consortium stakeholders are well informed about the myriad of academic possibilities within and outside this Consortium. In particular, this project includes different kinds of mentoring and interactions among and across students, young, and senior faculty, TA’s, RA’s, postdocs, lecturers, researchers, and staff. The entrepreneurial mentoring will work strongly as a network following a similar functional model and articulated with the network of entrepreneurs Endeavor.
The network will focus initially on science and technology based entrepreneurial activities and its human structure will be based on a group of distinguished mentors and entrepreneurs; several of them alumni from the universities within the Consortium. The network will provide a group of basic services articulated with the Center for Entrepreneurship at the new Innovation Center. These network services will be offered by mentors and experienced members of the same network, and the network should be an antechamber for potential members to the ASECH, Endeavor, and other world networks.
This mentoring program will play a fundamental role in: a) helping scholars navigate through the academic systems; b) change organizational culture and provide a minimum institutional support as required by innovative and entrepreneurial individuals and groups; and b) honestly care for the individual and plant in her/him a seed of the importance of giving-back later to the institution that once formed them and changed their lives.
• Implementation of an academic mentoring program
• Implementation of an entrepreneurial program