SMART STARTUP MENTORS: US Startup Mentoring Best Practices

2021.06.10 16:00 - 18:45

Online / Groupama Arena, Budapest (HU)

Best Practices on Startup Mentoring from the US – Techstars & MIT

Get to know the American best practices in startup mentoring, enabling you to work more effectively with startup teams as a mentor.

One of the secret weapons of any successful startup is a great mentor. By sharing their knowledge and experience, a mentor not only sets their team up for success but also contributes to the development of the entire startup ecosystem.

This side event is part of the five sessions of Training for Startup Mentors organised by CEU InnovationsLab in cooperation with the US Embassy in Budapest. The oganisers will bring the second training sessions to the conference, as SMART has traditionally provided time and place for startuppers and enterpreneurs to learn and grow.

During this session experts from two of the most well-known US accelerator programs will walk you through their best practices of startup mentoring. The session will be preceded by a panel discussion with Hungarian founders who will share their experience about US and international accelerator programs they participated in and their own experience as startup mentors.

US Startup Mentoring Best Practices


Panel discussion on the significance of startup mentoring and international best practices.

What is the significance os startup mentrors in the startup ecosystem? What kind of international best bractices do we see? In this panel discussion Hungarian founders who will share their experience about US and international accelerator programs they participated in, including YCombinator, Techstars and ProVeg acceleration programs, also chat about their own experience as startup mentors.

Live event at Groupama Arena streamed online


  • Akos Deliaga – founder of Talk-a-Bot
  • Andrea Kozma – director, CEU iLab
  • Peter Csillag – founder, Starchema
  • Csaba Hetenyi – founder, Plantcraft
  • Tamas Gorbe – Co-founder and COO, Menten AI


Steve George – Director of Customer Advocacy & Community Engagement at Insider


The role of startup mentors in the growth of a startup – a practical approach 

Speaker: Katja Wald, Executive Director, MIT Enterprise Forum Cambridge

Katja is the executive director of the MIT Enterprise Forum Cambridge, one of the oldest entrepreneurial support organizations in the world. She is a driving force of innovation, connecting the most promising startups with mentors, educators, investors and customers.

Online event broadcasted at Groupama Arena

18:00 – 18:45

“Power the Network”, “Dream Big” and “Give First” – Insights from Techstars, one of the World’s Most Iconic Incubators

Speaker: John Hill, VP of Network, Techstars

John Hill is the Network Catalyst at Techstars. He supports and grows a global network of tech entrepreneurs, mentors and investors who surround them and the Techstars team. Previously, John was the Higher Education Evangelist for LinkedIn.

Online event broadcasted at Groupama Arena