Mix N' Mentor Dubai Entrepreneur Guidelines

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Session Format:

  • 3 mentorship sessions, 3 different topics.
  • 1 hour each session.
  • 6 entrepreneurs and 1-2 mentors per breakout group.
  • Going around the table, each entrepreneur gets 5 minutes of mentorship.

During this time, it is essential that you come prepared with specific questions based on the topic being discussed. The 5 minutes are for you to leverage the mentors in your group.

  • After going through all 6 entrepreneurs (30 minutes), you will have 30 minutes of open discussion based on the session topic.

Topics and guiding questions:

Session 1: Team Building (1 hour)

  • Recruiting / Firing (key) employees
  • Assessing hiring needs
  • Creating a company culture
  • Performance tracking and incentive schemes
  • Training the team
  • Best practices for team collaboration
  • Hiring internally vs externally
  • Delegating tasks
  • Time management

Session 2: Operations (1 hour)

  • Business development and Partnerships
  • Expanding into new markets
  • Customer Service
  • Fulfillment optimization
  • Marketing and client acquisition techniques
  • Distribution channels
  • Setting up a sales structure
  • Legal issues
  • Picking and tracking metrics

Session 3: Raising & Managing Funds  (1 hour)

  • When is the right time to raise funds.
  • Who to raise funds from and how much.
  • What are investors looking for.
  • How to perfect the pitch.
  • How to negotiate the term sheet.
  • Ensuring the business running while fundraising
  • Managing cash flow and keeping proper books.
  • Optimizing pricing models.

ACTION ITEMS- COME PREPARED:

  1. Prepare specific questions and compile the challenges you face for each of the 3 topics above.

  2. Prepare a quick introduction of yourself and your business.

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