Mentor 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.
Please take some time to review our application criteria – Mentors must be:
To successfully participate on and graduate from the Programme, Mentors are expected to adhere to the following commitments:
You could soon join the Cherie Blair Foundation’s Mentoring community and support a woman entrepreneur as she works on her business.
The women entrepreneurs in the programme often request Mentors with expertise in planning, marketing, communications, finance/accounting, strategy, sales, accessing capital, leadership, management, negotiation and other areas related to business and professional development. We endeavour to match each Mentee with a Mentor who has experience in the areas she wants to focus on. We welcome Mentors from many different backgrounds and value every prospective Mentor’s interest in the programme!
If you meet the selection criteria above the next step is to complete the online application.
All it takes is 20 minutes to apply! Your application helps the Foundation get to know you and find you a Mentee who is a great fit with your interests, expertise and goals.
If you have any technical issues at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us. During our application window, we aim to review applications within 2 UK working days.
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. It not only builds a good foundation for starting this programme, but also helps you develop 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. We match Mentees and Mentors based on the needs expressed by the Mentees and the interests and expertise of the Mentors. We think there is great value in inter-cultural exchange and an outside perspective, so you will be matched with a Mentee from another country.
Please note: If we are unable to match you with a suitable Mentee who can benefit from your experience at that time, we will keep your application for 12 months and endeavour to find you a match in subsequent groups.
After that, you’ll receive information on your match and begin your year-long mentoring relationship! You will meet with your Mentee online using Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp Video or other online tools.
We’ll invite you to participate in a welcome webinar, where you’ll receive more information about your mentoring year. You can read more about the mentoring year under the ‘What to Expect’ tab on this page.
We have a dedicated team on hand to provide tools and resources, to help you build a fruitful mentoring relationship, and make the most out of our online platform. The team will also check-in with you throughout the programme year, to get updates on your progress and provide you with additional support.
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.
Our Mentors and Mentees receive an unparalleled learning and growth experience, a title from the Foundation, an opportunity to gain new professional contacts, access to training, 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!
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.