Mentoring is an essential leadership skill. In addition to managing and motivating people, it's also important that you can help others learn, grow and become more effective in their jobs. Mentoring, at its core, guarantees women start-ups that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on business start-up in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.

To contribute the achievement of this result the most experienced businesswomen will be selected to act as mentors of women start-up/entrepreneurs. All together they will be to establish mentorship relations between mentors and women start-ups, most usually in form of direct peer-to-peer consultancy in specific sectors. The role of the CBM and D&G Solutions will be to facilitate the process of matching between mentors and women start-ups/entrepreneurs, carefully guiding and monitoring the process. The women mentors will become part of a sustainable women mentors’ platform.

The primary goal of women mentors is to build sustainable, trusting relationships with mentees in order to enhance their ability to start, maintain and grow their businesses. Mentors, as experienced business professional will provide mentoring to help women start-ups with their new business. Mentors will deliver mentorship services, and in effect establish a Mentors’ platform by holding meetings with women start-ups on a regular basis.

Mentoring programme contains 30 consulting days for each of the 50 selected start-ups. Mentoring programme for women start-ups/entrepreneurs covers the following topics:

  • Practical aspects of doing business: organization of business (production, trade, or services provision), structure of the organization, legal obligations, bookkeeping, establish and maintain relations with clients, business planning;
  • Marketing and sales for women entrepreneurs;
  • Women entrepreneurs’ access to finances;
  • Women entrepreneurs’ access to technology;
  • Women entrepreneurs’ access to markets;
  • Women entrepreneurs’ access to networking and partnerships;