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WP 2

Spark Spread (NTNU-Engage)

This work package focuses on spreading Spark*. Spark* is a free student-to-student mentoring service started at NTNU. The organization focuses on offering mentoring for students, and through this mentoring building, the entrepreneurial mindset and skillset among the students. This concept is found to be quite valuable at NTNU, with 570 student projects that have been mentored since the beginning of 2014 (2021). After the success at Spark* for NTNU, we are now working on spreading the same concept to both the University of Gdansk and the University of Split to hopefully build even more students entrepreneurs in the future.

WP 2 - Resources
Through the duration of the workpack, some resources have been made. You can download them here. 
How to start a mentoring service

A handbook that can be used to set up a student-to-student mentoring service.

How to mentor students

A handbook that can be used to get students started on how to be a student mentor

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Part one

Workshops with studens

In part one of the workpack, students in Gdansk and Split participated in a workshop. The workshop had one theoretical part and one hands-on part. In the theoretical part, the students learned about how Spark* works at NTNU and the surrounding system. They also learned about how to mentor other students, and how to set up their own organization. In the practical part the students tried to mentor each other through a case.

Creating innovative mindsets across cultures

One big obstacle of translating Spark*s work method and success to other universities in Europe is the difference in culture. To ensure that the mentoring organization in a new country succeed, the fundamental ideas need to be communicated very good.

If they are, both the new university and students can take the fundamental information and make it their own. When they then start up a mentoring service, it will be much more resilient to culture-specific problems, than if Spark*s approach was directly copied.

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Part two

Individual guidance sessions 

After the workshops, all the students that participated got the opportunity to get one on one mentoring. The students could use the time to ask about things they found difficult to understand, or wanted to know more about.

Hands on as mentors from day one

The students also got the oportunity to mentor real startups. This was done together with studetns from the project to ensure a safe space and that learning was the focus.

By giving the studens a real scenario where they needed to

adapt to different questions from the startups gave them a taste on how it is to be a mentor in real life. It also gave them a safe place to practice.