Mentors are professionals who are interested to work with startups and maintain their skills outside of their daily work. The role of the mentor is to lead a team consisting of junior members, working for the startup. Your responsibility is to keep the team focused on the important things, as well as to leverage your experience to solve the most difficult problems.
While there is virtually no risk involved for a mentor, there are many benefits:
Since highly skilled professionals won’t have too much time aside of their daily work, the role of the mentors is to teach the industy best practices, give access to the newest technology, and bring their experience to the team. However, even the most experienced professionals can learn from young and talented interns who have visibility to the most modern trends.
Nothing can be as damaging to your career as doing exactly the same job for too long without exposure to anything new.
Since mentors are expected to have a high level of knowledge in their field, it is strongly required that mentors are working in the industry outside the Skilvest startup space. In that way, one can keep in pace with the best practices from larger companies and share those with new startups.
The mentor is also a person who is open to teaching his skills forward, and can commit for a few hours per week to the project. The minimum is meeting the teaching and project management commitments, but investing additional time to take the project forward is highly encouraged. Mentors are comfortable running projects in an agile manner.