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Tips & Guidance
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 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
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
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