Why Canadian tech founders need better mentors

MindFrame Connect
Who teaches mentors how to mentor entrepreneurs?

It’s a tough time to be a Canadian tech entrepreneur.

An unprecedented boom time led to some funky fundraising decisions and valuation math. Now, the bottom has dropped out of the public markets, and its impacting the private markets, too. Good thing Canadian tech isn’t built on a wobbly stack of government-backed Jenga blocks, right? Oh wait.

“We have really no programming to teach mentors, it’s all tribal.”
– Brice Scheschuk, Globalive

Seems like Canadian entrepreneurs are in need of some next-level mentorship, and not just of the 2020 ‘wartime entrepreneur‘ variety.

Sounds like a good time to resurface our conversation with Brice Scheschuk: co-founder and CFO of Wind Mobile, managing partner of Globalive Capital, and mentor at Creative Destruction Lab Toronto and Atlantic.

With his new project, MindFrame Connect, Brice is singularly focused on increasing the quality of Canadian tech mentors by… actually teaching them how to be better mentors (a novel idea).

On this episode, Brice recounts a CDL mentoring experience that had him shook, questioning everything about the systems we build to support entrepreneurs, and the amount of effort and thought that goes into building those systems.

Let’s dig in.

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This episode originally aired on November 8, 2021. The BetaKit Podcast is hosted by Douglas Soltys & Rob Kenedi. Edited by Kattie Laur. Sponsored by RBC.

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.

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