Mentoring program

In our mentoring program, we connect students of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences with start-up experts and professionals from various fields.

Over a self-defined period of time, the mentor will support you in developing your innovative and sustainable business idea and enhancing your start-up mindset. In this personal, trusting exchange, you will benefit and learn from your mentor´s knowledge, expertise, and experience.

Join our mentoring if you …

  • are commited to work intensively on your business idea
  • seek to learn from the mentor's experience
  • need constructive feedback on your business idea
  • would like to expand your network
  • are a student of the Rhine-Waal University

Mentoring process

  1. Application and preparation
    Send us a motivation letter including this information: Who are you and what is your business idea about? At which point in the start-up development are you now and what are the steps that still need to be done? What are your expectations from your mentor?
  2. Coaching
    We will schedule a meeting to discuss your business idea and mentoring opportunities.
  3. Matching
    We will match you with a suitable mentor, with whom you will agree on the details of your mentoring partnership.
  4. Mentoring
    You will arrange regular meetings with your mentor, with one recommended meeting per month. StartGlocal will continue to provide support through coaching, workshops, and events.
  5. Evaluation
    At the end of the mentoring program, we will come together to evaluate the experience.

Your mentors

      Abir Bhattacharyya

      CTO Raise agriculture | Robotics Developer at Delta Engine
      Areas of expertise
      Robotics, AI, Cloud Architecture, Devops, Mlops, Product-Market Fit

        Andrea da Silva

        Scientific Research Assistant in Economic Psychology | Decentralized Equality Officer
        Areas of expertise
        Creative Techniques & Idea Pooling, Business Succession, Start-ups, Migrant Entrepreneurship, Female entrepreneurship

          Arun Ramaswamy

          R&D Engineer
          Areas of expertise
          New Energy, E-Mobility, Automotive & Micromobility Industry, Project Management/Planning, Negotiation, Pitch Preparation

            Eva de Schrevel

            Start-up Coach
            Areas of expertise
            Gastronomy, Food & Beverages, Wine, Spirits, Product Development

              Gerardo Garzón Alvarez

              Chief Design Officer at WPMacroverse
              Areas of expertise
              Design Thinking, UX Research, Prototyping, Electronic Engineering, Industrial Design, Storytelling, Pitch, Networking

                Holger Schnapka

                Business Coach at STARTERCENTER of Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the Lower Rhine Region
                Areas of expertise
                Business Coaching, Finance

                  Johannes Franke

                  CEO | Lead Events at startport
                  Areas of expertise
                  Logistics & Supply Chain, Management, Start-up Ecosystems NRW

                    Prof. Dr. Kathrin Weidner

                    Professor for Operations & Innovation Management
                    Areas of expertise
                    Design thinking & Innovation methods, Business plan, Market analysis, Pitch

                      Prof. Klaus Hegemann

                      Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Environment | Professor of Business Studies with a focus on Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
                      Areas of expertise
                      Finance, Social Entrepreneurship

                        Martin J Aichmayr

                        Start-up Coach
                        Areas of expertise
                        Start-up Consulting, Business Planning, Strategic Development

                          Paola Wouappi

                          Entrepreneur | Design Thinking Coach
                          Areas of expertise
                          Business Idea Development, Customer-Centric Prototype Building and Validation, Investor Pitch Training

                            Peter Godulla

                            Impact Investor | Start-up Coach
                            Areas of expertise
                            Alignment, Customer Acquisition, Marketing & Pitch Training for Sustainable Start-ups

                              Philip Weykamp

                              Entrepreneur | CEO | Co-Founder fairnergy & GreenTrax
                              Areas of expertise
                              Business Model Development, Feedback & Discussion of Ideas, Organization of Start-ups, Energy Transition in EU, Transport/Mobility Transition

                                Philipp Winkmann

                                CEO at 3D innovaTech, Liberty Acoustics &, Winkmann Management Consulting
                                Areas of expertise
                                Business Model Creation for Tech Start-ups, Market and Competitor´s Analysis, Product Development for Sustainable Innovation

                                  Philippe G. Vayda

                                  CEO at Venegas Carreno und Vayda GbR (Art-Glove)
                                  Areas of expertise
                                  UX/Usability, IP, Automotive

                                    Sairam Damparala

                                    Global Quality Management – Factory Coordinator at Bosch Siemens Home Appliances
                                    Areas of expertise
                                    Management, Technology & Sustainable Innovation

                                  Next step

                                  Are you interested in mentoring? Send us your motivation letter to