Startup Mentors

For Entrepreneurs & Founders Of High Growth Tech Startups


Our Startups have benefitted tremendously from being mentored by some of the best ex-entrepreneurs who are our startup mentors.

Our Startups grow 3-16X annually. Our Mentors help make sure of that.

Startup Mentors with NEXEA are unique in that they are picked very carefully. NEXEA Investors go through rigorous vetting to ensure that they can really add value to companies that we invest in. We only accept people that have been an entrepreneur, have a very strong network, has developed an industry, but most important of all – have a very strong reputation in the business community.

This is to ensure the top startups meet only the top investors.

They are important because they are a select group that no longer needs money – but have a need to help the next group of entrepreneurs to succeed. Nobody can mentor better than them!

Investors & Mentors Of The NEXEA Angel Investment Network

Most of our Angel Investors in Malaysia & ASEAN consist of experienced businessmen who own multi-national business, and who have exited via a trade sale, or IPO, or are currently running a listed company.

They provide seed investment to Startups, along with mentorship and networking opportunities for Startups to make full use of their angel funding or seed investment.


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5 Reasons Why Startup Mentors Are Vital For Startup Entrepreneurs

Startup mentorship is taken into account a crucial/vital part for building a triple-crown startup. Nice products/services for an important pain point and purpose with strong market traction are extremely important, however, a good mentor is equally vital to sustain and grow these components. Startups that have mentors in our experience face stronger survivability and growth over time, as they leverage the top-level experiences of mentors.

We have had the pleasure of watching our dozens of mentors support our companies in tremendous ways. Here are the top 5 vital reasons and concepts that Startup entrepreneurs should look for to find a suitable, experienced, and stellar Startup mentor.
Industry Knowledge
A startup mentor from a similar trade vertical and within the specific space of your startup would assist you to understand the nuances of the business and also the varied nature of the market. General mentors generally give generic recommendations and this, at times, wouldn’t be very useful for your startup. We have seen many Startups work with mentors that are not too relevant make mistakes that industry-specific mentors would never make.
It’s always best if you are mentored by somebody who has gone through the process of entrepreneurship and has succeeded as an entrepreneur in many ways. Mentors from corporates who manage large businesses are useful for general business problems, however, it is a ballgame that is different you will need to validate your idea, raise money and steer the organization through difficult times. Entrepreneurship is difficult and an individual who has walked that path can realize the problems that are various guide you properly. A mentor who’s got built an ongoing company from idea to exit is ideal.
Network Effects
A mentor with strong connections in the market and the ecosystem you are operating in is very valuable. The mentor has the potential to open doors that are highly invaluable to startup entrepreneurs. The mentor could leverage his connections to connect you with a business community that can provide you with early customers, strategic engagements, interested investors and much more. For example, investors feel comfortable and would typically make a larger investment in the event that a startup was referred to them by their trusted network. This applies in the exact same way engagements with potential B2B customers are made.
Visionary & Problem Solver
A startup mentor that is great should assist you in finding great advice to the solutions for the issues faced by your startup—whether it is funding, technology, market access or organisation culture. The mentor should help advise you to build solutions to these issues creatively and efficiently, and bring forth his knowledge that is experiential to similar situations. The mentor must also allow you to look beyond the daily operational and issues which can trap the startup. The mentor should help you look at technologies and changing market dynamics, help you build alternate revenue streams, and scale and solidify your position within the market.

You need to closely work with your mentor, therefore good mentor-mentee relationship will help immensely. The startup mentor should empathise through the different trials and tribulations faced by you, and they should help you understand the bigger picture when working with you. Down-times are common problems faced by all entrepreneurs and a mentor that is good will help reduce some of those burdens. It is good to avoid mentors that are highly opinionated. There should be more space to openly discuss viewpoints that are different than to merge on common grounds quickly.

Overall, be cognizant and careful while choosing a mentor for the startup. A single individual mentor may not have all of the elements listed above, and therefore you may need two or three mentors with different levels of engagements advising you. However, you will surely benefit from the advantages of his / her guidance if you do find those individuals as our Startups did.

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