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Join the university startup program as a mentor
28 February 2021
Modified: 30 March 2021
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The Hungarian Startup University Program (HSUP) is the first complex startup university training program in Hungary that introduces university students into the world of innovation and startup and provide them with modern, practice-oriented entrepreneurial education through a newly developed, standard national e-learning platform.

In the first semester of the program launched in 2020, nearly 2100 students of 21 universities enrolled in this course and 1500 of them have already submitted their innovative entrepreneurial ideas. In January, the innovation experts of universities selected 100 of the most promising HSUP ideas. Students can start working on them already in the second semester under scholarship grants and may even form mixed university teams to this end. The setting up of student teams is also facilitated by a “casting test” that students fill out at the beginning of the program. The test results will then be used to advise students on which one of the four key roles of the startup world they should take on to continue with the course. In these roles students can follow curricula that expand their individual perspectives and encourage the formation of diverse teams for the realisation of the entrepreneurial ideas.

According to Tibor Gulyás, Deputy Secretary of State for Innovation, Ministry for Innovation and Technology, the startup university training program is an initiative that prepares young people to take a solution-oriented approach that may trigger, already in the short run, an increase in entrepreneurship and the willingness to innovate. And on the long run, it may also exert an influence on how we, as society look at issues formerly regarded as unresolvable. He also pointed out that in addition to the new training program, significant innovation grants and a supportive regulatory environment also facilitate the strengthening of the domestic entrepreneurial culture and the startup ecosystem, as well as the further enhancing of the opportunities of young people willing to do business.

In the second semester, student teams are also supported by the mentor program of HSUP. By then, in addition to university professors, the experts of the innovation ecosystem also assist the teams through offering mentoring and other services. Mentoring within HSUP is a practical tool for young entrepreneurs to improve their skills, knowledge and intuitions through receiving advice from experienced experts enabling them to make their dreams come true through their entrepreneurial ideas. Mentors can be invaluable for young entrepreneurial students and also the experts of HSUP can benefit through mentoring that provide young students with opportunities to meet new ideas and inspiring personalities.

Applications to the HSUP mentor community are welcome at any time. Join our team now!

If any individual or organisation would like to provide help to a project team working on an entrepreneurial idea or would like its employees to harness their creative talents in new areas, they are welcome to delegate an expert member into the HSUP program team. HSUP mentors can work together, personally or online, with one or more student teams for a period of three months. Primarily experts having extensive knowledge of one or two special fields and ready to help young entrepreneurs in moving forward with implementing their ideas are invited to participate as specialist mentors. And in our business mentor team, we look forward to welcome experienced entrepreneurs and startup experts who have holistic experience about the world of business and whose strength is a thorough knowledge of the entrepreneurial process including its challenges, as well as its professional and personal aspects. Active startuppers who can help HSUP students to enter the startup world are also welcome in the HSUP mentoring community.

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Updated: 30 March 2021
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