Menthub; an Online Web Community for Mentors and Mentees
With the advancing trend of entrepreneurship in the country, young, budding professionals from varied fields are turning towards setting up their dream ventures and are converting them into a promising reality. Like most of the other propitious startups, Menthub is a brain child of a mechanical engineer turned entrepreneur, Zohaib Karim Noorani. He was serving at one of the largest global FMCG, before he quit his job and moved out to do more purpose driven work. In this venture, Zohaib is accompanied by his two cofounders, Shoaib Lalani and Zeeshan Damani. Shoaib is a finance graduate and an investment banker by profession, whereas Zeeshan is a final year IT undergrad.
Menthub, is an online web community for mentors and mentees, and in its budding phase, is currently incubated at P@SHA’s Tech Incubator Nest i/o, for a span of four months. This online community aims to provide a platform, where the mentors and mentees can connect with each other and develop a professional learning relationship.
In this short span of incubation, Menthub has bagged various awards and has been recognized by different institutions, some of its achievements include,
- Selection among top 4Ed-tech startup ideas supported by Ilm Ideas 2.
- Winners of Peace Tech Exchange Karachi– 2016 organized by Habib University
- Winners of Innovation Camp 2016, organized by Injaz Pakistan.
Winners of Startup Weekend Lahore 2015 held in LUMS in collaboration with Google and LCE.
How it Works?
In order to use the services of Menthub, the mentors and the mentees will initially have to create their profiles. Next, with the help of a diligent match making algorithm, the most suitable mentors and mentees will be recommended to each other and will be able to start their relationship and strengthen it, using the video chat services, embedded in the website. The platform will also provide users with an end to end monitoring and analytics dashboard, which will present in a very clear and simple way, the performance of the mentorship process.
In this initial phase, Menthub is running two basic programs that are,
- Graduate Career Mentorship Program
- At Risk Youth Mentorship Program
The ‘graduate career mentorship’ program allows final year students and recent graduates to become mentees and be mentored by professionals, working in reputed organizations with a least experience of an year. The purpose of this program is to help final year students, make sound decisions regarding their career and facilitate them in their job hunt. The program also intends to provide students with a professional support system.
On the other hand, the ‘at risk youth mentorship program’ focuses on students of ages 13 to 16 years. The purpose of this program is to equip students in socially and financially challenged communities with essential skills. It focuses on developing communication skills and teaching time and stress management. It also aims to help kids with goal setting and basic financial management. Another important feature is that, both these programs will run strictly under the designed curriculum for mentorship, and both the mentors and mentees will have to abide with the time commitments of 1 hour a week for six consecutive weeks in the ‘Graduate career mentorship program’ and 8 consecutive weeks in the ‘At risk youth mentorship program’.
After a promising start and a successful run of beta version at www.menthub.com , Menthub is slated to go fully live by the mid of September.