Meet A Mentor Events
Small businesses looking for a business mentor are being encouraged to attend the Meet A Mentor events.
Unlike your usual networking sessions businesses will not find new clients or suppliers but will instead be able to find a business mentor who can volunteer their time and extensive business knowledge to support SMEs and their owners.
The volunteer mentors, who have all been trained under the Government’s official Get Mentoring scheme and are Members of the Institute of Enterprise and entrepreneurs (MIoEE).
All the business mentors have volunteered one hour of mentoring every month for a period of two years.
Meet a Mentor events have been designed to be short, fun and productive with the primary goal of introducing small business owners, seeking hands-on advice, with seasoned entrepreneurs.
The events are relaxed and informal, letting business owners know "what they’re letting themselves in for" before moving on to the important part.
The aim of the events is for people to make at least ten new contacts and the format follows that of "speed mentoring" where everyone has 3 minutes to make their pitch.
It has been said that first impressions count and this apparently happens in the first 3 seconds, so it’s important that mentors and business owners make a really good first impression.
After the event, people are free to meet potential mentors and swap business cards otherwise the connections are later made online.
The events run from the 15th February and throughout March, with the first session in London this Friday.
The full event list is:
Friday 15th February – London, Westminster Conference Centre
Two three-and-a-half hour events, one in the morning from 10am until 1:30pm and the afternoon session from 2:30pm to 6pm
Wednesday 6th March – Birmingham City Football club
Meet a Mentor morning event from 10am to 1:30pm
Wednesday 20th March – Bristol, Bakers & Cutlers Halls
Afternoon Meet a Mentor event from 1pm until 4:30pm
Tuesday 26th March – Leeds, Elland Road Football Ground
Morning Meet a Mentor event from 10am until 1:30pm
Wednesday 27th March – Newcastle, discovery Museum
Afternoon event – 1pm to 4:30pm
Find out more about the Meet a Mentor events at the IoEE website where you can see an overview, read the event agenda, find the exact event location and book your place.
And if you’d like to read about mentoring in action, see the Get Mentoring website for some case studies.