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 program 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.
Mentoring process with five steps: application preparation, coaching, matching, mentoring, evaluation
Mentoring process with five steps: application preparation, coaching, matching, mentoring, evaluation


      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

        Eva de Schrevel

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

          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

                      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

                        Peer mentors

                            Abir Bhattacharyya

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

                              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

                                  Gerardo Garzón Alvarez

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

                                    Paola Wouappi

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

                                      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