As the person responsible for engaging the alumni/student community, you will have at your disposal a variety of matching based mechanisms.
Your initial step is to set up one (or multiple) focus groups where you invite everyone who should be part of the matchmaking. Then, depending on the type of matching you want to facilitate, you will choose from the following:
- This is the main tool that you should be using in your community.
- We match everyone to everyonee, all are equal. Participants are assumed to be people in the community who have latent potential and desire to apply some of their skills
- The main feature of our matching mechanism - anonymous participation with private information - should be attractive to people who are very focused on their goals/interests.
- We match people on things they are ready to collaborate on. This is different than their skills - it's more focused on their actionable passions. As the organizer, you should convey this to the participants.
- This helps you match people in separate roles, e.g. Mentors to Students
- The users are presented with the exactly same process (join a search group, enter interests, and connect with the matching parties), with the constraint that matches are done across the groups only.
In addition to helping people find valuable collaboration/venture partners, using this mechanism gives you, the organizer, community analytics - aggregate, anonymized data about the interests, and potential of your community. Then you can help them succeed in their ventures.
The main organizer workflow is illustrated below: