When entrepreneurs go through Futurpreneur Canada’s Start-Up Program, along with receiving financing and access to key resources, they are also paired with a mentor for two years.
While this mentorship is extremely valuable for our entrepreneurs, it also works both ways. Many of our mentors say that they learn as much from their mentees as their mentees learn from them.
Frederic Moreau, founder of FACILE.CO, a community of facilitators in business transformation, is one of these mentors.
Frederic fell into entrepreneurship when he was a teenager. Originally from a family of entrepreneurs, Frederic was quickly immersed in business.
“At 12 years old I started to help in the family business, in the warehouse to store and destock products,” says Frederic. “So I went quite naturally to studies in business and marketing.”
After spending more than a decade in marketing consulting and digital strategy, Frederic slowly specialized in business transformation in Luxembourg, before moving to Montreal eight years ago where he decided to set up his own business.
Through his activity as a trainer in personal agility, Frederic helps companies cope with sudden changes in modern society by offering support and learning activities.
“One day, I woke up from a long sleep to realize that the world had changed,” says Frederic. “So I went into the dance to evolve. Now, I help humans do the right thing to move easily in a turbulent environment and then change the world. And that for me is the best job in the world.”
It was, therefore, natural for Frederic to become a mentor.
“Sharing is one of my three motivators in life with helping and creating. It is also a form of advice very different from the posture of coach and the posture of consultant. Personal development also goes for me,” says Frederic.
And for him, mentoring is an essential part of starting a business.
“Anyone who starts an activity or takes on a new role in an organization should find a mentor to help them get started. […] I had several mentors in my career and they saved me valuable time that led me to lead teams early and create mine. A mentor is a guide who shares his experience, which does not have all the answers but which helps you find your way more easily,” explains Frederic.
But how can I be sure that the mentoring relationship works? According to Frederic, it is necessary for both the mentor and mentee to have, “courage, humility, curiosity.” He adds: “The courage to say that one does not know, the courage to recognize one’s mistakes.”
And if Frederic had one last thing to add, he would say “Congratulations to the entire Futurpreneur team for its commitment to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams, and to integrate the mentor into a role of support and development.”
And we thank him for being a mentor with us!
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Written by: Charlotte Robert, Bilingual Copywriter, Futurpreneur Canada