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Mentorship matters for startups

Sarah Griffiths
Freelance Journalist

Entrepreneurs are asked to handle an obstacle course of diverse tasks in their startup journey. They play the role of leader, technology expert, salesperson, marketing evangelist, and so on. It's a lot. It helps to talk to someone who gets it and can offer insight from their own experience. With Oracle for Startups' mentorship benefits, founders have the opportunity to connect with an experienced professional who has been there, done that, and can help them navigate the next obstacle. 

Whether it’s the best way to go to market, strategic support on product development, honing a pitch deck or managing a longer sales cycle, these mentors offer bespoke advice that can help startups stay the course to scaling up. 

Meeting your perfect match

Personalized insight from a hand-picked expert is one of many benefits available to the startups who choose to scale with Oracle's startup program. 

Mentors typically have 15+ years in the industry. 90% are at least director level, so startups know they are getting the best advice about everything from enterprise selling and business-building to product alignment and technical assistance.

Oracle for Startups Director and mentor lead Ben Hill says, “We’ve searched across our company for experienced subject matter experts, many of whom once helmed successful startups. The mentorship we deliver is flexible and geared to help startups reach the next level.’’  

Reaping the benefits of mentorship

“I received good support from Oracle senior managers on a range of topics including insight on blockchain, project management, technology even supporting during my pitch presentations and roundtables,” says Mina Kordi, CEO and Cofounder of Tracifier, which offers food and certificate verification as a service. “It’s not the kind of support every startup program offers,” she adds.

Francesco Stasi, CEO and Founder of BotSupply also benefitted from mentoring. The advice he received helped shape his multilingual bot platform’s go-to-market strategy. 

“It was extremely relevant to get more insight into what some of the biggest Oracle customers may be interested in, and to take that perspective and make it fit with what we’ve built already and future products,” he says.

How it works

Qualifying members of Oracle for Startups are matched with a mentor and can receive one-to-one mentorship for at least 90 days. From the first call, Oracle experts work with the startup to establish a framework and goals. From there, the sky’s the limit. 

“It doesn't matter where are you coming from, if you have a good idea, and are committed to putting on work, the Oracle Startup program is among the best programs which can support you strongly toward success and help you to turn your ideas into reality,” says Mina Kordi of Tracifier.

Find out more about mentoring opportunities for startups here and join Oracle for Startups for this and many other benefits, including a 70% cloud discount on cloud for two years. 

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