Throughout Global Entre­pre­neur­ship Week, speakers offered advice and insight on topics ranging from men­tor­ship and early-​​stage funding to the do’s and don’ts of starting a busi­ness. Here’s a roundup:

Richard Hawkes, DMSB’15, cur­rently working on co-​​op at Guided Surgery Solu­tions:
On get­ting the most out of co-​​op at a startup: “If you show hustle, if you show the effort, you’ll get more responsibility.”

Chris Wolfel, DMSB’13, former CEO of IDEA, cur­rent sales con­sul­tant at YesWare:
Advice for inter­viewing for a co-​​op posi­tion or job after grad­u­a­tion: “Be real­istic and be your­self. People might get caught up in being ‘this person’ to get this job. If you craft your­self and present your­self as some­thing that you aren’t … it’s not going to work out in the long run.”

One thing to remember is that you’re looking for a fit both ways. You’re not just trying to sell your­self to that company.”

Joey Lafy­atis, pres­i­dent of the student-​​run Green­line Records:
On how to manage the tran­si­tion of lead­er­ship in your stu­dent orga­ni­za­tions: “You have to create a system that will nat­u­rally allow people to rise to the top.”

Max Kaye, DMSB’14, CEO of Northeastern’s student-​​run ven­ture accel­er­ator IDEA:
“The work that gets done in IDEA is absolutely trans­fer­able to the real world. … You’re devel­oping a skill set that’s equally applic­able to industry. It’s not just some­thing that’s rel­e­vant for stu­dent on campus. It’s the same type of work, whether it’s invest­ments, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, or social media.”

Casey Hogan, pres­i­dent of the North­eastern Entre­pre­neurs Club:
On her role as the leader of a stu­dent group: “It’s been a really unique expe­ri­ence because I learned through co-​​op that I am by nature an oper­ator. If I see some­thing broken, I want to fix it—I want to change it now. When you’re in a sit­u­a­tion in these groups when you’re working with stu­dents who are doing this because they love it, you can’t say you’re not doing a good job, you need to find some­thing else. It’s leading through moti­vating. It’s a learning expe­ri­ence for them too.”

Nicole Ledoux, CEO and co-​​founder of 88 Acres, a healthy snack food startup:
On the value of using a Kick­starter cam­paign: “There’s a ton of work that goes into a suc­cessful crowd­funding cam­paign,” ranging from con­necting with blog­gers and media mem­bers to throwing a launch party. “We needed to think about ways to gen­erate a ‘thun­der­clap’ effect where we’d burst right out of the gates.”

Third-​​year law stu­dent Alan Guichard, who is among a group of law stu­dents devel­oping a student-​​run intel­lec­tual prop­erty clinic:
On how to respond to poten­tial skep­ti­cism of student-​​run orga­ni­za­tions’ ability to pro­vide the highest quality ser­vices: “If expec­ta­tions are low, it’s a good oppor­tu­nity to ‘wow’ people.”

Bradley Waugh, pres­i­dent and CEO of Tun­stall Amer­icas:
On the impact of men­tors have on entre­pre­neurs: “The smartest move in busi­ness is having a mentor.”

Greg Dalle-​​Molle, DMSB’05, director of busi­ness devel­op­ment for Smartleaf, a finan­cial tech­nology com­pany located in Cam­bridge, Mass.:
His three themes for being an effec­tive mentor to entre­pre­neurs: the value you bring as an out­sider, solving prob­lems together, and guiding them through the accel­er­ator and making sure they have access to the resources they need.

Tom Olsen, E’11, pres­i­dent and founder of Zephyr Energy Cor­po­ra­tion:
On the impact his men­tors have had, including serial entre­pre­neur Bret Siarkowski, E’87: “What men­tors pro­vide is a fresh per­spec­tive, one that can see beyond the chal­lenges of the moment and pro­vide words of encour­age­ment. We speak every week, and when I get off the phone, I feel more focused and moti­vated to get to the next milestone.”

Jeff McCarthy. DMSB ’77, partner at North Bridge Ven­ture Part­ners:
On the impor­tance of the team when investing in a ven­ture: “Mar­kets evolve at dif­ferent rates. With tech­nology, some­times you have trouble with it or it morphs, or a new entrant has some­thing that is better, faster, cheaper. But good teams find a way to react to that and still prosper.”

Nicole Strata, founder and man­aging director of Seed Boston Cap­ital:
“One thing we absolutely don’t love to hear is ‘No one else is doing this.’ My imme­diate response is, ‘How do you know?’ there could be a guy sit­ting in Ari­zona sit­ting in his base­ment saying no one else is doing this because he doesn’t know you. So pre­sume everyone else is doing it. The ques­tion is how are you doing to it better, faster, cheaper, and become Facebook.”

Speaking about what qual­i­ties are impor­tant in an entre­pre­neur run­ning an early-​​stage ven­ture: “In the ear­lier stage seed, when you’re dealing with folks who are just coming out of school or don’t have a track record or expe­ri­ence, I think the default is not wanting to show your cards on what you don’t know. The folks that we find to be super­stars are the ones who don’t care if the uni­verse knows what they don’t know. And even as we look at serial entre­pre­neurs, one of the char­ac­ter­is­tics that I love about a lot of them who I’ve worked with who’ve had huge suc­cesses is the ability to say, ‘I don’t know. Can you help me? Will you help me? This is an area I don’t know.’”

Ray Milano, L’98, who over­sees eco­nomic devel­op­ment in Mass­a­chu­setts as an assis­tant dis­trict director at the U.S. Small Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion:
On advice for young entre­pre­neurs: “The lender wants to make sure that pas­sion is there. Someone who will say, ‘I’m going to make this no matter what. Whether you lend to me or not, I’m going to make this a suc­cess, and here’s why.’”