Interview with Armen Orujyan (Founder and Chairman of Athgo Corporation)

He is the Founder and Chairman of Athgo Corporation, one of the world’s leading entrepreneurship platforms in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Under Armen’s leadership, Athgo has established recurring Global Innovation Forums at the UN and the World Bank headquarters and has advanced innovation ecosystems in Europe and Africa. Athgo’s pioneering initiatives have provided financial, intellectual, and network capacities to nearly 10,000 young innovators, entrepreneurs, and students from over 600 universities in 80 countries.

AOInterview with Armen Orujyan (Founder and Chairman of Athgo Corporation

Why has mentoring received such close review within the last years? Why is mentoring so important?

Mentorship has been important since the Cognitive Revolution, when we started building tools and relationships. Even in Classical Period we have Plato following Socrates not in a traditional student and professor arrangement, but more in a mentee and mentor construct. Unlike direct knowledge, mentorship provides guidance. Today, we have access to a lot of near real-time information and knowledge. What we need more of is to know what to do with that knowledge. We need less teachers and more mentors to direct us through the information maze.

What experiences do you have in the mentoring field?

My vision for Athgo since its inception has been serving as a mentor to young people and students from all walks of life. We have done that successfully for nearly two decades.

What experiences do you have as a mentor?

I have been hands on with most if not all of our programs, providing mentorship to individual young entrepreneurs and teams of young founders from around the globe. 

How has mentoring positively affected your career?

I was fortunate to have had a mentor early on in my life. Besides my parents, he served an outsized role in both my educational and professional endeavors. He was so effortless in his approach that I didn’t think much of it until years later, when he was already gone. I owe him a lot.

How do mentees get the most out of mentoring?

By listening and observing. If your lips are moving you are missing out.  

What should a mentee look for in a mentor?

A patient individual who does not tell you what to do or even how to do it, but rather focuses on who you are becoming. 

Thank you very much Mr. Orujyan