Mentee application and selection process


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?
  •         A woman from – and living in – a low- or middle-income country?
  •         Proficient in English (at an intermediate level or above)?
  •         Nominated by one of our partner organisations?
  •         Able to meet with your Mentor online at least two hours a month (using video calling platforms)?
  •         Willing to complete four feedback questionnaires during the programme?
  •         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.

Completing the online application

If you meet the selection criteria above the next step is to 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 goal. To ensure the Foundation can find your best Mentor match, we strongly encourage you to take time to add as much information about your business and professional aspirations as possible.

Applications are now closed and will open closer to our next intake near the end of 2020. The link to our online application form will be published on this page once applications open again. 

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.

Online training and interview with a team member

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.

The training  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. 

If you pass the training test successfully, you’ll have a call with one of our team members. During this call, we check that you understand the programme requirements and your responsibilities, as well as confirming your level of English. This call, which will last up to 15 minutes, is a required step in the recruitment process. 


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 check every potential match to make sure a pair gets off to a good start. 

Getting started

Once you have been matched, you’ll receive information on your Mentor and can  begin your year-long mentoring relationship! You will meet with your Mentor online using video calling platforms such as Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp Video Calling or other online tools.

We’ll invite you to participate in a welcome webinar, which will provide you with important information regarding your mentoring year.  You can read more about the mentoring year under the ‘What to Expect’-tab of this page

Our team will offer dedicated support and provide tools and resources throughout the year to help you build a fruitful mentoring relationship. The programme requires Mentees to complete Check-In questionnaires at four intervals during the program, providing an update on their progress.  At the end of the 12-month programme, the Foundation will ask you to complete an end of programme survey to capture key learnings and outcomes from the year, which will enable you to officially graduate from the programme. 

“My Mentor’s support has been key to my evolution as an entrepreneur and to transform the way I run my business. I’m now looking for clients in a new country and expand my business, something that has only been possible thanks to the Mentoring programme.”
          – Mentee from Guatemala who runs a virtual reality company

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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