Facebook’s FBStart program is a “global program designed to help mobile startups build and grow their apps.”
FbStart provides year-round support from Facebook product experts, an exclusive community of global startups, and up to $80,000 in free tools and services from premier partners.
FBStart has two tracks, Bootstrap and Accelerate. But what’s interesting to MentorPhile is that both tracks provide mentoring amongst the benefits listed:
Support and Mentorship
Connect with Facebook product managers, engineers and operations operations through events, office hours, webinars, email and more.
Obviously mentorship has become coin of the realm for startups and Facebook is anteing up. Whether it’s accurate to call support from Facebook staff “mentorship” or not isn’t as important as the fact Facebook seems to believe that “Support” is necessary, but not sufficient for startup developers, they need to provide “Mentorship” as well. That’s a good thing for those of us promoting mentorship for founders and for mobile app developers working who want to work with Facebook.