TiEcon “The World’s Largest Conference for Entrepreneurs” was held 17-18 May 2013 in the Silicon Valley, California. MentorCloud powered the TiE Silicon Valley MentorConnect program presented as part of TiEcon. MentorConnect has several elements, including a web-based platform (MentorCloud) and a series of speed mentoring events called Open Mentoring Sessions. Two such sessions were held recently, one in December 2012 at the TiE Silicon Valley headquarters, then a much larger two-day event presented at TiEcon in May 2013. The combination of MentorCloud's web-based platform, reinforced by regular in-person group meetings, is powerful and effective - promoting growth in both community engagement and satisfaction. TiE SV MentorConnect uses this combined structure for communication. There has been a strong improvement in positive feedback from all participants, detailed below. MentorCloud is proud to support the TiE program! December 2012 Metrics:
- 82% of Mentees rated the event as "Highly Recommended or "Recommended"
- 90% said that the event "exceeded" their expectations
- 95% said they would recommend a similar session to their friends
May 2013 Metrics from TiEcon: Responses from 138 of the 185 Mentees:
- 98% of Mentees were satisfied with their MentorConnect experience. (64% awarded the highest possible rating of 7) - see the pie diagram below
- 96% said they would recommend a similar session to others. (70% awarded the highest possible rating of 7)
- 92% said they would like to continue conversations online after the TiEcon program
1=Strongly Disagree4=Neutral7=Strongly Agree Responses from 30 of the 49 Mentors:
- 93% of Mentors were satisfied with their MentorConnect experience. (80% awarded the highest possible rating of 7) - see the pie diagram below
- 97% said they would recommend a similar session to other Mentors. (83% awarded the highest possible rating of 7)
- 97% felt that their time was well spent
- 93% felt that the Mentees were well prepared and asked excellent questions
1=Strongly Disagree4=Neutral7=Strongly Agree Selected Mentee quotes collected at TiEcon 2013:
- "There is no other place where you can get access to this kind of expertise and mentorship."
- "The #1 reason to attend TiEcon."
- "The MentorConnect Progam is a clear demonstration of TiE's commitment to entrepreneurs and building future leaders."
- "This is for everyone."
Selected Mentor quotes collected at TiEcon 2013:
- "Entrepreneurs should always reach out to successful entrepreneurs."
- "I learned more than the mentees!"
- "Excellent structure of the organization of mentor and mentee interaction."
For more on this topic, see "Combining In-Person Meetings with Web-Based Mentoring".
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