Become a mentee

Find a mentor and take your business to the next level.

Our flagship Mentoring Women in Business programme matches women entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries with experienced, dedicated professional mentors anywhere in the world. For one year, you will be paired with a mentor who will help you achieve your business goals, build your wealth, stability and security.

You could find yourself being mentored by a knowledgeable, friendly professional from anywhere in the world and any sector, from a director of a major global corporation to a fellow successful woman entrepreneur. Their support will help improve your business performance and skills, boost your confidence and take your business to the next level.

Applications to become a mentor are currently closed, but open again for our May 2022 intake on 7 March. Register your interest in becoming a mentee now by using the form below.

Register your interest in the Mentoring Women in Business programme

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Of our 2020 graduating mentees...

95% increased their confidence levels

88% increased their personal networks

79% created new products or services

70% reported an increase of profits or sales

Through collaborating with a mentor, we also see women entrepreneurs regularly create jobs and opportunities in their communities, and become pioneering leaders, change-makers and role models.

I loved the guidance my mentor provided; she helped me really analyse what’s best for my business.

Novita Dwi Parastuti, mentee, founder of My Daily Hijab, Indonesia.

Together we are unstoppable: that’s why our Mentoring Women in Business programme has transformed the lives of thousands of women entrepreneurs since 2010.

We achieve, create, and succeed when we collaborate. Mentees say they love working with a mentor through our programme because they…

  • Increase their business profits or improve their communication skills
  • Determine their own goals and work towards these with support
  • Improve their self confidence
  • Gain skills in business planning and strategy expertise
  • Grow their professional networks
  • Enhance their businesses, going on to be better placed to provide for their families

In addition to the benefits of a mentoring relationship, participants who successfully complete the programme receive a certificate from Cherie Blair CBE QC, access to useful resources and our online community and more.

Mentees must be…

  • A woman from and living in a low or middle income country
  • Running their own business (meaning at least 51% ownership or decision-making authority) or about to launch their own business in the next three months
  • Proficient in English (at an intermediate level or above), both written and oral
  • Able to commit to the programme for twelve months
  • Able to access the internet and meet with their mentor online for a minimum of two hours a month
  • Able to complete several feedback questionnaires by the stated deadline
  • Willing to work with a mentor to build their business and personal development skills and confidence
  • Nominated by one of our local mentee referral partners where possible

Mentees are expected to…

  • Meet online with their mentor for two hours minimum per month, for a year
  • Be proactive in driving the mentoring relationship and setting its direction
  • Participate in up to three hours of pre-matching training
  • Complete interim and end-of-programme surveys
  • Develop and submit goals to be worked on with their mentor
  • Adhere to our Mentoring Women in Business programme Code of Conduct

We run three mentoring cohorts a year in May, August and November. Applications open in March for May’s cohort, in June for the August cohort and in September for November’s.

How to apply

There are two ways to join the programme as a mentee:

  • As an affiliate of one of our mentee referral partners in your local country (strongly recommended) – find a partner here
  • As an independent mentee, if there are no organisations with whom you can be affiliated. (Please note if you are not affiliated with one of our mentee referral partners, we will not be able to prioritise your application.)

If you meet the selection criteria and are not applying within our application window, please fill out the form below to express your interest in becoming a mentee, and we will be back in touch when we are next accepting applications to join the programme to ask you to apply.

Once our application window is open, the next step is to complete the online application form, which takes around 20 minutes.

Your application answers help us get to know you and find you a mentor who is the best fit for your interests, background, needs and goals.

During our application window, we aim to process and respond to applications within seven working days.

If you have any technical issues at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Please download and read the following before applying: