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

          Annabell Mitschelen

          Scientific staff member and PhD student, TU Braunschweig
          Areas of expertise
          Foundation process, legal & organizational matters

            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

                            Neal Dietrich

                            Start-up Coach
                            Areas of expertise

                              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

                                          Samrina Jafrin

                                          Research Assistant at HMKW Berlin
                                          Areas of expertise
                                          Sustainability, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Future Studies, Value-Based Innovation Management

                                        Next step

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