Would you rather have a mentor, or a dedicated co-pilot?

Interview
Can you imagine the startup scene without mentoring? No? Neither can we. However, we believe the founder–mentor relationship as we know it today can and should be improved, so we're introducing a new concept of co-pilots – highly skilled professionals that become a “direct component” of a startup instead of an external advisor.

If we were to point out a few extreme situations to demonstrate it, it would be these:

  • You'll see your mentor once a month, the co-pilot is in touch with you daily.
     
  • A mentor talks about what the startup has done. A co-pilot talks about what the startup should and will do.
     
  • The main reward for a mentor might be gaining deeper knowledge of the startup environment with its enthusiasm and energy. A co-pilot is more profit-oriented. When the startup thrives and profits, so does he.
     
  • If something goes wrong, a mentor can say: I told them! A co-pilot, on the other hand, might say: This is also my fault.

How does the co-pilot concept work at UP21?

At the very beginning of an incubation process, every startup gets their own co-pilot. We choose the co-pilot based their on past experience, skillset, and main field of expertise, which should overlap with the incubated startup's weaker sides and help fix them. A personal fit is also a big deal for us. The cooperation can only work when the founder and the co-pilot get on well with each other from day one.

Take a look at the co-pilots who are already helping startups at UP21!


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Stanislav Kůra

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Roman Maco

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Martin Mazurek

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Milan Ponert

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Marek Růžička

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Aleš Sobotka

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Petr Sobotka

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Milan Šemelák

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