Mentoring of start-up entrepreneurs in Go-> Grow: A Qualitative Research

Miroslava Stoyanova Dimitrova

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

Go-Grow is an early-stage accelerator for companies with international growth potential based in and developed by the Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship at Copenhagen Business School in collaboration with the Danish Industry Foundation and several partners. Taking in groups of preselected start-ups, Go Grow provides the companies with six months of professional mentoring, operational assistance, team building guidance as well as free office space – all with the aim of accelerating the start-up process. The key in Go Grow is extensive mentoring by experienced educators, entrepreneurs, business angels, and other industry and entrepreneurship professionals. The present project is an exploratory descriptive study on the mentoring process in the acceleration program provided to early-stage start-up companies by Go Grow with a particular focus on the expectations, perceptions and 'lived experiences' of the participants in it – mentors and mentees, by using qualitative methods. Attention was also paid to the relational problems leading to problematic outcomes and dysfunctional relationship. Given that this research is applying grounded theory approach, a model is proposed that visually represents the research findings and thereby constitutes the conceptual framework of this paper. The proposed Conceptual framework of factors influencing the mentoring relationship in Go Grow in terms of possible development and outcomes reflects the structural and causal links between the various categories and dimensions examined in the study. This thesis is extending the existing knowledge about these factors by compiling and analyzing direct accounts of the program participants as it also provides some points of departure for program optimization to the Go Grow administrators. Overall, the present research suggests some valuable insights for practitioners, academics, educators, and entrepreneurship and other industry professionals providing support for the start-up scene in Denmark.

EducationsMA in International Business Communication (Intercultural Marketing), (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2016
Number of pages86