“Having someone who is emotionally, but not financially attached to your business, who has experience in your field, and who is constantly involved without being involved day-to-day is incredibly valuable. Having a mentor is like having a personalized business consultant – the kind that some companies pay millions of dollars for!”Lauren Friese TalentEgg Inc.
“A mentor is a guide. Every human being has some quality or qualities that make them special. It is with this knowledge and cultivation that they can acquire the self-knowledge and self-confidence to succeed. A little of your guidance and time can go a long way. ”
“Chances are, for the first five years in a business you’ll work for love and not money. So be ready to give more than you think you had, make less than you think you’re worth, and learn from your mistakes.”Roslyn Bergen and Victoria Etherington The Sweet Side
“Having my Futurpreneur Canada mentor, Denis Prud'homme, has been instrumental for motivating me to do the best that I can, especially when decision making can be extremely risky. ”Kendal Netmaker Neechie Gear
“Don’t wait – if you feel like it, take the chance because as a young entrepreneur now is the time to make mistakes and learn from them. Also, I recommend finding a mentor as people are happy to help and give back.”Zach Wolff Exigence Technologies Inc.
“Being an entrepreneur in the start-up stage has a stunning effect. No one arrives there alone. You have to communicate your passion and encourage other players to follow suit. Being an entrepreneur is not so easy, so you must ensure that the small decisions you make every day will make you happy. - Félix Marzell”David Barabé & Félix Marzell Dix au carré
“As a new business, I don't think you can ever have enough experienced people there to help you. Having Linda Daley as a mentor was great because she provided a fresh perspective and vital business experience.”Lisa Donaldson Fiddleheads Kids Shop Inc.
“Always listen to your own voice. It’s okay to doubt and have fear, but what’s the worst that can happen? If I had the chance to do it again, I wouldn’t wait so long before doing my first pitch. The more you do it, the better you become and people love to give feedback – it’s the most valuable data an entrepreneur can get for their business model.”Etienne Crevier BiogeniQ
“Try it and see what happens. Starting your own business is a lot of work and it may not be for you, but it’s better to have tried it and to know for sure. You won’t go to work and complain about your boss if you are the boss. – Graeme
Do as much research as you can beforehand. It’s best to ask a lot of questions when you’re just starting out so that you avoid falling into any unnecessary traps later on. – Johnny ”