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Why now is the time to learn from tomorrow's founders

The idea of reverse mentoring is not new. Indeed, as this article from the HBR explains, Jack Welch used it at GE in the 1990s. But has the concept been deployed fully enough in the context of founders and entrepreneurs helping one another? Are there enough opportunities for established, experienced founders to work with and learn from younger talent?

Naturally, I'm asking because I don't think there are. And also to show off the fact that The Supper Club has teamed up with Generation Success to present our inaugural Hackathon, which presents just such an opportunity for exactly this kind of founder-centric reverse mentoring to happen.

The idea behind traditional reverse mentoring schemes is that an organisation picks younger, more junior team members to act as a mentor to a more senior colleague. As with all good mentoring, the idea is that both sides get plenty from the relationship. While this is often presented as a young digital native showing an older exec the ins and outs of TikTok, it's trite to paint this as being about old analog dogs learning digital tricks. And this is even less so for the Hackathon event, where teams of young "success seekers" will work to solve real challenges that members are facing.

About Generation Success

Generation Success started in the aftermath of the London riots in 2011 and is an ambitious project about ambition. As founder James Adeleke puts it, "we'd had enough of seeing burning buildings. We wanted to see burning ambition". And his team is focused on helping ambitious youngsters, who society might otherwise overlook, to build successful careers and businesses. It is, as Adeleke says, "about equal access and equal opportunities to achieve career and business aspirations."

And this is where you also come in. The Hackathon with Generation Success is a half-day event where you get help from a team of "Success Seekers". We need members to come along with a business challenge or problem and to work with a team of eager and talented future stars to find a solution. In the process, they'll benefit and learn from you and - ideally - you'll also learn a lot from them and come away with a workable solution to a problem. At the end of the session the teams will present their solutions (again, good experience) to a panel of judges (and we also need members to volunteer for this role) who will pick a winner.

It's a great way to potentially get a business problem solved (or a way to get that secondary project started) while also encouraging and influencing the next generation of founders.

Apply now to book a place on the Hackathon