Not every match is made in heaven. And that's where we come in.
Honest Onions is deeply committed to the networks in which we operate, both startups and mentors. We see both sides. We foster fruitful and long term relationships by spotting and initiating the right connections.
Too many mentors fail to make the grade. Deep industry knowledge and great contacts are not enough.
Honest Onions helps bring the best out of new mentors. Founders demand much of themselves and seek a similar sense of pace and passion from their mentors. It's a different way of working.
The accelerator model is changing. Industry sponsors are looking for stronger outputs. Start-ups are seeking faster traction.
Honest Onions works with industry, investor and partner networks to forge closer engagement with founders, entrepreneurs and innovators.
Client: Baringa Partners
Service: Mentor Coaching
Baringa Partners asked Honest Onions to coach a cohort of Insurance consultants to bring their deep insurance experience to the InsurTech world as business mentors.
"I knew I had a lot of experience as a consultant working with senior teams in very large (FTSE 100) businesses. What I didn't know was which of that experience a start-up might be looking for. And I needed some guidance on how to best engage with a new audience. It’s really powerful the way you did that... I'm much clearer now on what I can bring to the table for a start-up seeking mentor support."
"I'm experienced in bringing innovation to the table in large businesses. Bringing innovation to start-ups felt like a different matter. My mentor coaching session this morning was eye-opening! Vital preparation for any mentoring sessions with start-ups."
service: PRECISION matching
In 2018, Startupbootcamp InsurTech wanted their cohort to make the very most of their mentor network. We worked closely with each of the founders and across the mentor network to engineer and inspire the right matches.
CEO - vHealth Lab
"When it comes to mentor matching, sometimes it's the rational side of my brain, sometimes the less rational that decides. It's been my experience that rational criteria are less important. Long term mentors engage with you as a person, it's a friendship built on trust. That's where the innovation comes from."
CEO - PicUP
"A great mentor excels at both respect and challenge. A fine balance that means that even on hectic days you look forward to the sessions, knowing that you're going to learn something new.
A great mentor is generous and flexible enough to hear our needs and can do whatever is needed to help us make the most progress possible. It's really hard to do. Really hard to find."
Incubators are bursting at the seams with opportunity if you can take advantage. We've watched and learned from exceptional mentors, start-ups and accelerators. We've seen the gold-dust of a perfect incubation and felt the judgement of a failure. It doesn't come down to luck. It doesn't happen by magic. Honest Onions is a blueprint for high impact incubation. We've validated this with hundreds of the toughest, sharpest and most exacting clients - start-up mentors, start-up founders and start-up accelerators.