Networking questions for student entrepreneurs

If you’re thinking about or have started a company, here are starter questions that you could ask alumni and the broader community to build a support network (of advisers and mentors). Note that each question should be personalized to your needs.

Getting Started

  1. How do you know if your idea could actually be the basis for a startup company?
  2. How to know when to run with an idea even if it exists in some form already?
  3. What is the best way to get your ideas out to someone as a student who can help get them off the ground?
  4. How many people should you partner with when starting a company?
  5. How do I pay for my startup costs without giving up equity?
  6. What makes a startup scalable?
  7. Do investors look more for a great idea that would need investment to hire the people to accomplish it or a good idea with the person behind it being the one possessing the skills to accomplish it?

Operating

  1. How do you come to a decision when faced with a difficult choice?
  2. What experiences led you to come up with your product idea?
  3. How to balance relationships and health while running a startup?
  4. Have you ever regretted not working a 9-5 job?

Reflection

  1. What was the factor you feel allowed you to find success in a high-risk field?
  2. What did you have to do that was uncomfortable to become an accomplished entrepreneur?
  3. At what point in your career did you think to yourself, “I made it”?
  4. What did you do to prepare yourself to be mentally ready to start your own company?
  5. What do you wish you knew when you were my age?
  6. What pushed you to start your company and to continue to push through any difficulties you may have experienced?
  7. What was your favorite part in creating your start up company?
  8. Did you think you would actually make it?