Developing mentoring programs in Business: the qualified mentee

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship Faculty, University of Tehran

2 . M.A. in Entrepreneurship Management, University of Tehran


Starting up a new business needs self - recognition, competencies, skills, market and consumer recognition. Mentoring programs are in line with development of entrepreneurs' competencies. In this program, selecting a qualified mentee is critical,therefore, the aim of this study is to identify the necessary competencies of mentee. The statistical population of this study consists of experienced mentees in accelerators. This research is applied in terms of goal, and descriptive in terms of data gathering. Semi- structured interviews are conducted to list the mentee`s competencies. The sampling method is purposive and the criterion which is used to determine the sample size is theoretical saturation. Open and axial coding is used in analyzing the data .The findings added three categories to …..'s framework which include, team building, idea and product, and market recognition. For team building, idea nd product and market recognition, respectively, 7, 5, and 6 elements are identified. Two new categories- including entrepreneurial characteristics and readiness- are added to the mentor relationship competencies. In total, 4 dimensions and 16 categories are added to thre required competencies of the mentees


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