Mentor week should be a mentor month. I feel like this has been one of the highlights of the course. Pitching an app to a guy that started where we have is certainly a motivating moment to say the least.
It was great to hear about the other mentors, and how they came to be U.I.T. it was especially great to hear Mike’s story and how we got to where we are now. That the startup even with Mike and Gavin still had the same issues that us as possible young entrepreneurs may undoubtedly encounter in our not so distant future.
I got to say I was certainly the most nervous I have been in a long time pitching to Gavin. But that being said I was very much impressed how down to earth guy he is. It’s hard not to be a little star struck and the fact that he even encourages us to reach out to him speaks volumes.
Personally I believe that’s what makes this course and province the best. All of our mentors and affiliates have a strong passion for tech, business and the maritimes. That just like the students, they want the tech industry to grow locally, they really go hand in hand. At the end of each week I find my self more and more looking at things around me and thinking: “why is that a thing” and “how can this be made easier”. And this course gives you the tools and abilities to point you in the right direction.
I especially enjoyed the visit by Gab. It was very interesting to see how a web page could be laid out before you even begin the code to get an idea of where you needed to go. She was very informative and I know that all she taught will come in handy on future projects, I’ve already used what she’s taught on our next one and played around with it on my own personal projects. All in all a great mentor week and I can’t wait to meet our next mentor on Monday!