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StartLife Mentors

Two people know more than one. Especially if one of them has years of experience under their belt. Add a critical foundational component to your new business by seeking advice and guidance from someone who has already travelled the road you’re on.

StartLife Mentors

Two people know more than one. Especially if one of them has years of experience under their belt. Add a critical foundational component to your new business by seeking advice and guidance from someone who has already travelled the road you’re on.

At StartLife we believe that startups are the driving force behind innovation and that innovative agrifoodtech startups can make a lasting impact on the world. However, the fact that only one out of every ten startups thrives past the five year mark, indicates that entrepreneurs who enter the food and agri domain face many challenges.

Research has demonstrated that 70 percent of SMEs that receive mentoring survive for five years or more. Well-known founders of the world’s leading companies have reached out to mentors in their early days, and often still do. So why not consider a startup mentor and double your chances of success? Go ahead, it’s free.

Duration
Up to you and your mentor(s)
Start moment
Year round
Contact type
Hybrid
Prerequisite
Accepted into StartLife program

FAQ

What does my mentor do for me?

Your mentor is an experienced sparring partner with a passion for startups. He or she will share insights, information, knowledge and experiences around entrepreneurship and help you understand the nuances of the business and the varied nature of the markets at hand.

What doesn’t my mentor do for me?

Your business is your business and your responsibility. A mentor will ask relevant questions but will not provide you with all the answers. Your mentor will not replace Google Search or you as the decision maker. So be prepared to listen, ask questions and reach your own conclusions.

Will my mentor grant me access to business networks?

Your mentor is most likely well-connected and might – but is not obliged to – open certain doors for you that result in access to early customer trials, strategic partnerships, potential customers, interested investors and more.

When is the best time to request a mentorship?

Most likely the moment you ask yourself this question. The start of a mentorship is often, but not necessarily, linked to an important business situation that requires a decision or a critical change that is about to happen. Sparring with a seasoned entrepreneur or professional at moments like that, can help you build up the extra confidence you need to do the right thing. 

When will my mentor be available?

Depending on your need, your mentor will be available for a maximum of 4 hours a month.  Together with your mentor you’ll agree upon the duration and number of interactions per month.

How can this service be free?

Our startup mentors once stood where you are now and are intrinsically motivated to help you any way that they can to enable you to build a solid company and grow as an entrepreneur. They offer their service free of charge, often in their spare time.

How is confidentiality assured?

All mentors have signed agreements with StartLife that assure confidentiality.

Do and Dont's in Mentorship

Mentors can do wonders for you and your startup, but there are rules of engagement to be taken into consideration. Check our 6 do’s and don’ts in startup mentorship.

Who can apply?

The StartLife Mentor Program is available for all startups actively supported by StartLife. You need to be a StartLife alumn or currently take part in one of our startup support programs: StartLife Accelerate or the StartLife à la Carte .

How do I apply?

1) Search our mentor list below to find your mentor of choice.
2) Visit the mentor page and apply for mentorship.
3) We’ll run a quick check to make sure the requested mentor is available.
4) If so, we’ll connect you to so you can set your first mentor meeting.

Meet our Mentors

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  • Ana Carolina Bajarunas

  • Edwin Bark

  • Huub Beelen

  • Jeoffrey van den Berg

  • Elise Bijkerk

  • Alexandra Boelrijk

  • Tom van den Boogaart

  • Martine Boon

  • Johan Boot

  • Dax Denneboom

  • Han van den Elshout

  • Nikolas Fahlskog

  • Bart Fischer

  • Gisella Frijlink

  • Otto van Harmelen

  • Bernhard Herbort

  • Alex Hoogers

  • Lennaert Jonkers

  • Jobbe Jorna

  • Mohamed Kharma

  • Ubald Kragten

  • Christine Kroner

  • Adrie Kuyper

  • Harald Lek

  • Benjamin Maclean

  • John Mairlot

  • Leo Melchers

  • Jigna Merchant

  • Pieter Meuwissen

  • An Michiels

  • Marcel Prins

  • Hans Roelofs

  • Matthew de Roode

  • Guliël Schuwer

  • Dietmar Serbée

  • Olivier Sevenou

  • Evelien Sturkenboom

  • Jonathan Teoh

  • Bart Trautwein

  • Sibel Tunali

  • Jan van Twillert

  • Cecile Veerman

  • Rodrigo Hortega de Velasco

  • Huib Vermeulen

  • Petra Vossenberg

  • Bas van Vugt

  • Alexander van Wassenaer

  • Floris Wesseling

  • Vladimir de Ziegler

  • Wouter Zwagemakers

Want to become a startup mentor?

Loet Rammelsberg

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Program Director

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