We select and match women entrepreneurs and mentors from around the world two times each year – in May and November. Our selection criteria ensure you’re able to thrive in the programme, but the key really is in the commitment.

Are you…

  • Running your own business or about to launch a business in the next three months?
  • Nominated by one of our partner organisations?
  • Able to meet with your mentor online at least two hours a month (using Skype, Google Hangouts or WhatsApp video)?
  • Willing to complete four feedback questionnaires during the programme?
  • Proficient in English (at an intermediate level or above)?
  • A woman from – and living in – a low- or middle-income country?
  • Able to access the internet and send emails to your mentor every week?
  • Passionate about working with a mentor to build your skills and confidence, and achieve key learning objectives?
  • Keen to contribute to an international community of entrepreneurs?

If so, we invite you to apply to the Mentoring Women in Business Programme in May or November. Once applications open, you will be able to apply via this page.

Selection is competitive, so we encourage you to apply early to avoid disappointment.

We typically accept applications from women who have been nominated by our local partners. If you aren’t currently associated with one of our partners and would like to join us in a future intake, please contact them directly to find out how you can get involved in their projects.

Applications for the May 2020 intake will open on 4 March 2020. You will be able to find the login link on this page from that date.

Signing in

After clicking on the application link, you will be asked to sign in. Please use an email address that you check regularly, as this is the email address that the Mentoring Team will sent you important messages to.

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The application process

The first step is to review the selection criteria and complete the online application. Your application answers helps us get to know you and find you a mentor who is a great fit with your interests, background and goals.

Online training

If selected, you’ll be invited to participate in an online training course. It takes 2.5 hours to complete and can be done in multiple sittings. Before being matched, all mentees and mentors go through our online training. This ensures you are able to start the programme with the knowledge and tools you need to build a productive mentoring relationship and use our online platform. It not only builds a good foundation for starting this programme, but also helps you build skills that you can transfer to your work and professional lives.


If you pass the training test successfully, our team will work to match you with a mentee/mentor. We match mentees and mentors based on the needs expressed by the mentees and the interests and expertise of the mentors. We take special care in getting to know our participants and use a special matching algorithm built with Google to assess compatibility. We think there is great value in inter-cultural exchange and an outside perspective, so you could be matched with a mentor from over 80 different countries!

Getting started

After that, you’ll receive information on your match and begin your one-on-one mentoring relationship! It will last for 12 months. You will meet with your mentor online using video calling platforms such as Skype or Google Hangouts.

We’ll invite you to participate in a kick-off webinar, where you’ll receive a hearty welcome into our vibrant community and extra training on getting started. You’ll want to set aside at least 2 hours a month to meet online with your mentoring partner and a bit more time if you’d like to attend webinars or trainings.

Our team will offer dedicated support and provide tools and resources to help you build a fruitful mentoring relationship and make the most out of our online platform. Mentees are required to report on their progress and complete performance tracking questionnaires at four intervals during the programme.  We ask mentors to complete a feedback form at the end of the programme.

Mentors and mentees receive an unparalleled learning and growth experience, a title from the Foundation, an opportunity to gain new professional contacts, access to networking events and trainings, a completion certificate and a personal relationship with their mentoring partner.  The Foundation honours mentees and mentors who meet the requirements of the programme and make the most out of their relationships. They have a lot of fun along the way and become part of a global, supportive community!

Frequently asked questions

Check out our FAQ page for tips and steps to easily address any technical questions you might have. The page also provides answers to common questions about mentoring relationships and the programme.  If you have any questions that aren’t answered there, please contact us.

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