Editor’s Note: Are you interested in joining a startup team? Perhaps you’re looking for new team members to join your early-stage McGill startup? These are some questions we’ve been getting at the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship over and over again.
Today, we’re delighted to introduce a beta version of Dobson Match, the easiest way to connect with startups and individuals in the McGill Dobson entrepreneurship ecosystem. Since we’re still in the early stages of rolling out this product, please email us at [email protected] with your feedback.
I sat down earlier this week with Rita Tehini, VP Events of the Dobson Student Executive Team (SET), the creative mind behind Dobson Match to learn more about her and her motivation for creating this platform to connect individuals and startups within the McGill Dobson entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, Rita!
I am a third-year student at McGill studying Economics, Global Strategy and Accounting. I am both a scientific and an artsy person. I also love history and sports. Since October 2016, I’ve been the VP Events of the Dobson Student Executive Team (SET) at the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship.
Born and raised in Lebanon, I am a true patriot I must say! You should visit, you’d be amazed by the hospitality, the food, and the beauty of this country!
What’s your secret ingredient for building a valuable product or service?
It’s really more like a secret formula than a secret ingredient.
I think the most valuable asset someone can have is vision. With vision, you can not only build a valuable product but also a sustainable one. Vision is also the ability to foresee change. Then to this vision, I would add confidence which will help you transform that idea into a concrete product or service.
It’s also important to always go back to your users and customers, feedback is very important.
What is the problem you’re solving with Dobson Match?
Well, being in charge of the logistics for our entrepreneurship events as part of the Dobson SET, I got to meet our attendees, listen to their needs and more importantly, figure out ways to meet them.
Every week after our speakers’ presentations, we organized networking sessions. There’s when I realized we could organize our attendees into the following two categories: early-stage startups seeking new talent, and entrepreneurs looking for startup opportunities. Dobson Match is the bridge
During our networking sessions, a lot of new connections were created on the surface but no real follow up occurs afterwards.
Now, we have a 3-step process to make it happen:
- Before attending an event, Matchies set up a profile on Dobson Match, creating a virtual business card.
- During the event, they note the names of the startups and people they meet.
- Afterwards, they’ll hit the search button in the respective section (startups or Matchies) to find the person they met earlier and message them if they’re interested.
Startups looking for new members can now scroll through the list of potential members interested in their field. Similarly, Matchies could access an open list of McGill startups and contact them for potential job openings. It’s a natural solution to a common problem.
Why do you care about solving this problem?
Most people believe in chance; I believe in opportunities. Dobson Match is about creating those opportunities. Simple and accessible, the platform is an open door.
In life, it is all about grabbing the right opportunity, right? Now, startups and Matchies would be exposed to a wide variety of choices for them to create the perfect fit.
Do you have any advice for people who want to start something of their own?
Simple: if you believe in it, don’t let go – fight for it!
And finally, who is on your Dobson Match team?
So far, I’ve been working on this project with another McGill student, Pauline Chi, who is in second year studying math and computer science. Not only is she on the Dobson SET as a Relations Coordinator, she is also super artistic!
Of course, there is also the whole team at the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship helping. They’ve been a true source of inspiration and support, and each one of them has contributed in a special way!
If you’re interested in joining Rita’s Dobson Match team, please email us at [email protected]