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4 Insight on Survey All About Mentors

In January to February, I did an online survey with random sampling data. This survey was targeting people who are the founder of startups or people who work in a startup. I got 37 respondent from Jakarta, Malang, Bandung, Bogor, Denpasar, and Yogyakarta.

The questions and answers that I put here based on my research interview session with startups stakeholders (founders, VC, Incubators) and secondary research data that I got from the internet.

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Some of the most interesting point from this research:

The respondents mostly acknowledge the importance of mentors, but there are a lot of them who don’t have a mentor or did mentoring session

This data from the respondent give you the paradox situation about mentorships.

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This data said they acknowledge the importance of mentors. 35 out of 37 of the respondents say YES.

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This data said that only 27 out of 37 who have mentors. This paradox makes me assumed that they don’t know how to get a mentor, they don’t find the right mentors based on their needs, or there is a lack of a qualified pool of mentors in Indonesia.

I think I need deeper research asking with the startup communities in Indonesia, what’s the real problems about this one.

The respondent said, found their mentors mostly through incubators/accelerators, communities, and networking events

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I can summarizethe powers of networking around the community of the startup still the main sources for mentors resources. It means I must more active in the community of startups and attending startups communities event so I will on the radars.

I also see an opportunity for somebody who can organize a more professional website or resources as the pool for mentors.

The urgency for mentorship more on tacit knowledge and experience, rather than technical skill, or soft skill

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The top 3 competencies from the mentors that respondents think urgent are networking, problem-solving, and experience in the same industry. Honestly, I am quitesurprised by the result of this question. My assumption technical skill from the mentors will be more urgent, and valuable for the startups, and the finding is totally different.

I can understand with this result, because of most startup founders profiles in Indonesia are under 30, fresh graduate, minimum or no industry experience.When I was in Australia, I met a lot of founders who already quite mature above 35 and have abundant working experience before setting up the startups.

Now I can understand my best value added that I can offer mostly on my industry experience and network that I have rather than the technical or interpersonal skill, although I know that most of them also need that, unfortunately, they don’t see it as something that urgent.

When talking about the output about the mentoring sessions, surprisingly also about tacit knowledge and experience, rather than SALES

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Top 3 of outputs that they expect are problems solved, connect with the right stakeholders,and improving their system. This one is consistent with the aboveresults. The competencies from mentors that they need are someone who has abundant experiences in the industries of their fields.

This research actually still very infant, and very small numbers of the respondent, but an eye-opening result for me for mapping the needs and fears of startups ecosystem in Indonesia. I will explore more from this data to validate, and explore more on WHY they perceived like that.

 

Tuhu Nugraha

Konsultan Bisnis Digital

Dosen Pasca Sarjana London School of Public Relations (LSPR) Jakarta & Komunikasi UI

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