The Business & IP Centre currently offers two mentoring programmes. The Human Lending Library is run alongside Expert Impact to match entrepreneurs with some of today's business leaders in order to share knowledge, guidance and growth within their target sectors. Innovating for Growth's mentoring programme is an ERDF funded scheme that gives you the chance to be mentored by a successful entrepreneur from our Innovating for Growth: Scale-Ups programme. Continue reading to see if you are eligible to apply...
Innovating for Growth: Mentoring
The Innovating for Growth: Mentoring programme is an ERDF funded scheme that gives you the chance to be mentored by a successful entrepreneur from our Innovating for Growth: Scale-Ups programme who will be guiding you through the challenging and rewarding process of running a high-growth business.
Eligibility to be a mentee:
Throughout the mentoring journey, we are here to support both you and your mentor. Why you may want to consider becoming a mentee...
Applications for this round of the mentoring programme have now closed, we will be recruiting for the next round soon and will update this page when applications re-open.
Human Lending Library
Through our Human Lending Library, run in partnership with Expert Impact, we offer social entrepreneurs the opportunity to 'borrow' some of the world’s most successful business founders to help them find solutions to their most pressing business problems. In order to receive an hour of free one-to-one mentoring from an expert you must:
- Be able to demonstrate the positive social impact of your organisation across one or more of the following areas: education, healthcare, the arts, scientific research, poverty alleviation and/or the environment.
- Be thinking about, or in the process of, scaling the operations and impact of your work.
- Have one or more specific business issues you'd like help an expert’s help with.
The Human Lending Library application form is designed to take no more than 10 minutes to fill out, and we do recommend you take a look through our FAQs before completing your application. Once you have submitted the form a member of our team will get in touch. Apply here
Please note: Despite the British Library being temporarily closed, we will still be open to applications. All applications currently in progress should expect to hear from the Mentoring Manager about alternative arrangements for sessions.
Because of the Business & IP Centre's Innovating for Growth: Mentoring programme I have gone from getting little bits of funding here and there, to last Friday pitching a £2million deal for our next project.David Molyneux, mentee, Games Co
Having benefited as a mentee many years ago on the British Library’s Innovating for Growth programme, it was lovely to now be a mentor and have the opportunity to give back.Leanne Dal Santo, mentor, Smartbags
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