By: Daryl-Lynn Carlson
Many young entrepreneurs, keen on shaping their own destiny by launching a business, have significant deficits in both work — and life — experiences. To fill that deficit many look for guidance from an established entrepreneur who likely has insights into solving the pitfalls and problems that occur during startup phase.
Several organizations, including the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF), partner young entrepreneurs with accomplished business professionals.
Joseph Ho, founder of Kinder College in downtown Toronto, was assigned a mentor when he received startup funding through CYBF.
“I kind of rolled my eyes. I was really nervous about the whole mentoring thing because the last thing I wanted is some guy who owned a variety store to be telling me what to do,” Mr. Ho said about his response to learning he would have to work with a mentor in exchange for funding.
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