I got to sit down and speak with, Karin Heinzl is the founder of MentorMe Berlin. MentorMe is a mentorship startup designed to help women build careers in humanities and social sciences. In our interview, Karin discusses her inspiration for creating MentorMe, as well as, her current startup growing pains.
From The Start
I met Karin at my first networking event with The Changer earlier this year. I explained to the room that my production partner and I had just moved from New York to Berlin in search of everyday superheroes to promote on our multimedia channels. Karin immediately came our way with explosive enthusiasm. She explained her project and all the ways it would make a positive difference in Berlin.
At the time she explained that MentorMe was very much in the beginning “idea stages”, and that little by little she was creating her plan to implement it. That was in March.
Fast forward 8 months later, Karin has successfully launched MentorMe Berlin! Along with her newfound dream team of trusty administrators, MentorMe has been able to gather and match 50 mentor-mentee pairs; completely filling the program for the 2015-2016 season!
FLASH FORWARD SUMMARY
00:33 What inspired Karin to create MentorMe
1:21 Why the program focuses on helping female students
1:56 How MentorMe finds mentor and mentee participants
2:27 What does the mentor/mentee relationship look like?
3:28 The greatest challenge MentorMe currently faces
4:06 The superpower of MentorMe
4:29 MentorMe’s expansive future plans
4:48 What MentorMe needs to move forward
5:37 How to support MentorMe!
5:58 !!HERO SPITFIRE!! Karin’s favorite hashtag, villain, secret lair and more 😉
Wonder Woman Much?
Since our conversations at The Changer event, I have witnessed Karin grow MentorMe from the ground up. She’s worked exceptionally hard to meet the right people who could take her vision to the next level. She’s sought coaching from those who understood the nuances of her venture, while also taking risks and having fun along the way.
I’ve seen her when things were going “right” and when things were going “wrong”. All the while she’s kept a positive attitude and winning energy. To witness what she’s been able to build in the span of 8 months is truly remarkable.
What It Takes
So often we praise results with a complete disregard to the process it took to get there. To be heroes in our everyday lives we must learn praise the process. If we do not find peace on the way to our goals, we most certainly will not find it at our destination.
Karin’s story is one of passion, leadership and hard work! She’s a one woman wonder who isn’t afraid to directly take on the challenges that come her way with winning fortitude.
Although there is much to be done in terms of funding, I have complete faith that her and the MentorMe team will prevail with flying colors! (pun intended :-P)
Watch our interview to find out more about MentorMe Berlin! If you enjoy the episode please remember to give it a thumbs up on YouTube or leave a comment with your thoughts.
++++++Meet my mentee, Mitzi!!
up, Up and AWAY!
Super Ivi, The Hashtag HERO