A little while ago I wrote about mentorability in the .Cocoon program blog.
Mentoring in a startup community is a combination of different abilities and techniques to be used for the growth of the individual. The founder, in a startup program, has many answers in him or her, but I see the goal of the mentor rather to help the founder to first define the question. The answers then can come from within as well as from the mentor or the community – the point is, that defining the question makes the founder an active party of his/her own growth. Thus merely throwing answers at the founder will have little effect, they will pour down on him like rain on a raincoat. It is a cooperation in its full spectrum and cannot be forced on a person.