Mentorship-seeking platform Colangels has confirmed over ten thousand users have sought advice from more than 100 mentors using their platform, and is on track to reach a userbase of one million by 2021 after an international expansion this year.
“Finding a mentor means looking for your future self with more experience.”
This headline from a Forbes August 2018 article aptly describes the role a mentor plays in the entrepreneurial journey of a startup founder or a wannapreneur. However, with India leading the global charts as the third-largest startup ecosystem — with more than 39K startups and a million more eyes dreaming of their own ventures — finding the right mentor to help start and scale a company is no easy task.
There are platforms like LinkedIn, AngelList, and Meetup that enable entrepreneurs to connect and build links with industry professionals. But the process is broken and time-consuming and there is no guarantee of ‘if and when’ the other person will respond to the shared queries.
Ranchi-based Simran Chhabra faced a similar issue while she was working with Gurugram-based recruitment solution provider Beam Commerce. “I was looking for an alliance with Flipkart but did not know whom to reach out to. I connected with a couple of category managers but that did not help. Reaching out to the right person became a big problem,” she says.
This incident gave her the idea to start Colangels, a startup that facilitates mentor connect, recruitment solutions for startups, and crowdfunding and investment opportunities — all on one platform. She roped in family and friends, including cousin sister Shruti Kaur, Shruti’s husband Aman Singh, and Aman’s friend Prateek Lamechwal. Together, they launched the beta version of the platform in July 2018.
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