Students Have Networking Breakthroughs at Speed Mentoring Event


A recent Women in Leadership Foundation study found that mentoring is important to 87% of Canadians, but only 19% have one.  On November 20th at Seneca’s Markham Campus, a group lead by the Workforce Planning Board of York Region in partnership with Seneca and facilitated by MENTORnetwork, ran an event to help bridge this gap.  48 current and aspiring entrepreneurs connected with 32 York Region business mentors, in a “speed mentoring” format, to help them assess their entrepreneurial career plans and address the challenges they’re facing.

Seneca Entrepreneurship Professor Jeremy O’Krafka conducted a survey at the start of the semester, finding only one of his students had previously attended an event where they networked with the business community.  ”Debriefing with the students at the end of the event, the breakthroughs they had exceeded my expectations.” says O’Krafka. “It’s incredible the confidence that’s created, when you see that there’s a community of business leaders out there who want to help you succeed.” 

This event was the continuation of the MENTORup program initiated last year, in partnership with ventureLAB, Workforce Planning and the YR Biz Series.  Cultures of entrepreneurship and mentorship are emerging on-campus and in our community through new initiatives like Seneca HELIX and Startup Weekend York Region.  To find out more about how you can get involved, check out:

Seneca HELIX (http://www.senecacollege.ca/research/HELIX/) 

Startup Weekend York Region (http://www.up.co/communities/canada/yorkregion/startup-weekend/5272)

3 Responses to “Students Have Networking Breakthroughs at Speed Mentoring Event”

  1. Japria White says:


    My name is Japria White, and I am a fashion marketing student and entrepreneur. I am the owner of Poetic-Soul Boutique, and I am definitely in the start up stage. I am looking for a mentor who can give me some guidance, or knowledge of their experience. Also someone I can look up to and build a good business and friendship relationship with.

  2. Mauricio says:

    Great post. Your first sentence says it all “If you enter into social media without a plan, you will fail. Period.” Very helpful info. Thanks for sharing.



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