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We share advice and knowledge with you from those on the ground and practicing as coaches or mentors with entrepreneurs. We aim to provide useful and actionable insights from different viewpoints, so that you can apply these in your coaching or mentoring practice for entrepreneurs, whether it may be as a coach, mentor, programme manager or enterprise educator.

The benefits of peer mentoring for entrepreneurs
The benefits of peer mentoring for entrepreneurs

When you think about a mentoring relationship, usually what comes to mind is a vastly more experienced person mentoring a significantly less experienced person. But does that always have to be the case and how can value be derived from peers mentoring each other? We wanted to know, so we gathered the following group of peer mentoring experts together for an interactive online discussion on peer mentoring and what emerged were five key ingredients to make it work. Who our panel of ... Read more

How we can get better at recruiting female mentors
How we can get better at recruiting female mentors

In a world where we are increasingly conscious about diversity and research shows that having women on executive committees leads to higher profit margins (see Women Count 2020 report), why are we facing difficulties in recruiting female mentors? And how can we achieve a better gender balance in our mentor pools? This topic has been a recurring theme during discussions of the members of The Network for Coaching and Mentoring Entrepreneurs (NCME), so in Spring 2022 we brought together a ... Read more

Neurodiversity in entrepreneurship coaching and mentoring
Neurodiversity in entrepreneurship coaching and mentoring

In support of Neurodiversity Celebration Week in March 2024, the NCME held a panel discussion inviting Rob Edwards, CEO of the Neurodiversity & Entrepreneurship Association (NEA), and Sascha Evans, Founder of We the Creators and a neurodivergent entrepreneur, to better understand some ... Read more

The ‘what, how and when’ of coaching and mentoring for entrepreneurs
The ‘what, how and when’ of coaching and mentoring for entrepreneurs

The terms coaching and mentoring are often used interchangeably in the entrepreneurship ecosystem and applied to someone providing help or support to an entrepreneur. This occurs in university, accelerator and government-funded programmes, but what do the practices really involve and how should they be carried out? This article provides the what, the how and the when of coaching and mentoring; what are the practices of coaching and mentoring? how can they be delivered? and when might you ... Read more

How to make the most of a meeting as a coach or mentor
How to make the most of a meeting as a coach or mentor

Coaching or mentoring meetings can typically range from 30 minutes to an hour. They may vary based on factors such as a programme requirement that asks you to coach or mentor for a particular period of time, your availability, or what has been requested from you by the entrepreneur. You may also be being paid for your time or operating pro bono. Either way, both your time and energy are valuable, so how can you get the best results from a meeting? Here are 3 suggested steps, ‘GPS,’ to help ... Read more

Goals and objectives – how can you get results from coaching or mentoring?
Goals and objectives – how can you get results from coaching or mentoring?

There are many different reasons that coaches or mentors engage with entrepreneurs, which can range from being paid to provide their services, gaining access to new business ideas, philanthropy, or the sense of prestige that comes along with the role. You may have some experience as a coach or mentor already, or be taking the role on for the first time. So, what exactly does your role entail and what do you plan to achieve from it? - a key part of this will be setting or working towards ... Read more

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