“It is essential to identify the personal ambitions and the passion of the entrepreneurs who want a mentor”
Thomas Hørdam is the man behind WE LOVE MENTORS. A concept that is based on Danish and international experiences with implementing and executing mentoring programs.
Thomas holds a Master’s Degree of Science and has during the last 11 years developed and managed mentor programs for various incubators in Denmark and abroad. At the moment Thomas is part of the team at a high tech incubator at the Danish Technical University.
From his very first job in the incubation industry Thomas’ speciality has been mentoring programs. As Thomas had hard times finding existing models which worked out he decided to develop his own model from scratch. The model emphasizes the original understanding of a mentor and focuses on proper training, onboarding and feed-back models for mentors as well as clients.
The model has been presented at international conferences around the world including:
- e.builders Forum at Niagara Falls, 2019
- INBIA’s International conference, Minneapolis 2019
- Forum for SBDC’s, Copenhagen 2016
- INBIA’s International Conference, Denver 2015
- NBIA’s International Conference, New Orleans 2014
- Russian-American Business Forum in Moscow, 2014
- NBIA’s International Conference, Boston 2013
- CABI’s International Conference, Toronto, 2013
Besides Thomas has been doing consultancy for various incubators including Tech Fort Worth (August 2017).
The Business Idea must be fulfilled – or die!
Thomas has worked with incubation and acceleration programs for entrepreneurs and smaller companies through 1:1 guidance and as Mentor Program Manager. He has also extensive experience in matching the entrepreneurs with relevant business partners and finding funding to scale the companies.
Personally, Thomas is eager to identify the passion with the entrepreneur who wants a mentor. The crucial questions are: What is meaningful and brings joy to the individual entrepreneur and how can the right mentor help the entrepreneur fulfill the business idea?
Thomas is hosting a two-day certification course at INBIA’s international conference in Boston, March 2020.
Thomas has previously hosted a webinar on behalf of INBIA about: “The Five Common Pitfalls Which Most Mentoring Programs Face.” The webinar can be followed her.