We are delighted to announce a host of brand-new Mentoring scholarship places, brought to you by Huriya Private!

Since the launch of our Mentoring Women in Business programme in 2010, almost 5,000 women entrepreneurs from more than 100 countries have participated as mentees. These mentees are matched with a mentor, an experienced businessperson, for a cross-border, entirely online mentoring relationship. Both being a mentee and being a mentor are incredibly enriching and fulfilling experiences.

The mentoring programme has traditionally been funded by our corporate partners, who also contribute mentors from their own workforces and cover the cost of participation of both mentors and their mentees. Since earlier in 2021, we have also been able to offer our independent mentoring opportunity to mentor to those who can self-fund their participation and that of their mentee, without the need to be part of a partner’s workforce.

However, thanks to our new partnership with Huriya Private, we are excited to be offering the opportunity to become a mentor—for free—to 50 former participants on our programmes, as part of our new Scholarship. If you are a woman who is part of our alumni community and want to become a mentor, apply now to become a mentor in November!

We are excited to be launching the Mentoring Scholarship and look forward to offering this opportunity to more women entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries who have previously participated in our programmes. Offering scholarships means we can further support the talented and experienced women entrepreneurs in our alumni community and enable them to continue their professional growth, while reaching even more women as their mentees.

Katerina Pawlowska-Hanafin, COO of Huriya Private, has previously twice been a mentor on the mentoring programme, and so recognises the benefits this opportunity will provide to mentors as well as the mentees they support. She said: “As a mentor, I really enjoyed the opportunity to support entrepreneurs from all over the world. I learned a lot from my mentees, they were brilliant businesswomen whose insight and perspective I really valued. I am delighted that at Huriya Private we will be able to give women entrepreneurs from low and middle income countries the opportunity to benefit from Mentoring scholarship places and continue their professional growth as mentors.”

Van Dang, CEO and Founder, Savvycomm, Hanoi, Vietnam

Developing business and personal skills are a key part of the mentoring journey for both mentees and mentors. Mentee turned mentor, Van Dang, CEO and Founder of Savvycomm in Hanoi, Vietnam, can speak personally to the benefits of being both a mentee and a mentor. When we spoke to her earlier this year, she said:

“Being a mentee was a wonderful experience, not only for me but for my mentor too, and we’re still friends. We worked on business strategy and had great conversations. I also wanted the experience of being a mentor; I knew that a mentor can help the mentee but also learns from her as well. And I wanted to give back to this community that had helped me grow.

I believe that mentoring is a must in any entrepreneur’s journey. I think we can really inspire each other and gain confidence from one another that the direction we are going in is the right one. It makes our lives more meaningful.”


Huriya Private is supporting the Mentoring Scholarship, which offers women entrepreneurs from low or middle income countries the opportunity to become mentors on our Mentoring Women in Business programme. If your organisation would also like to support our Mentoring Scholarship and give even more entrepreneurs the opportunity to continue their professional growth, please get in touch now.


You too can contribute to our newly-created Scholarship Fund so that more women entrepreneurs can participate as mentors and mentees, develop new skills, build their confidence, grow their businesses, and ultimately be part of closing the gender gap in entrepreneurial opportunity. While the cost is £1,100 for each pair, we welcome a donation of any size, no matter how big or small. Your gift will support not just one but two women to undertake this enriching experience, as mentee and mentor, and help create the fantastic ripple effect for families and communities that comes from women running thriving small business. When women entrepreneurs have the support and opportunities to thrive, the future is transformed: businesses flourish, communities prosper, economies grow and attitudes shift.

100% of your donation will go towards supporting our Mentoring Women in Business Scholarship and will directly enable women entrepreneurs to participate.

Thank you!

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