Business Mentors: A network of mentors for the support of female entrepreneurship
Female entrepreneurship in Greece has not been explored yet to its full potential. Women trying to start their businesses face greater obstacles, particularly regarding the creation of a new company, the access to finance and suitable training. It is therefore necessary to support female entrepreneurship by offering the right means and tools that will help women, regardless of age, to start, upkeep and sustainably grow their business in the long run.
To this end, the European Commissionco-finances and supports the establishment of a European network of mentors in order to provide female entrepreneurs with the opportunity to learn from already established and successful business men and women.
In Greece, the local network is called “Business Mentors” and will develop a network of mentors and mentorees willing to support female start-ups to cope with the first difficult years of running a business. It will include 30 mentors and 60 mentorees. Business mentors will pursue and create synergy links between successful mentors and female entrepreneurs that have started recently their own businesses (mentorees) and are called to overcome the first difficult years of entrepreneurship.
Learning from role models and successful examples will positively impact and support female entrepreneurship – especially in times of economic challenges such as the current in Greece.
We will bring together mentoring couples all over Greece that will meet regularly for a period of at least 12 months and that will profit mutually from the exchange of ideas and experience. Business men or women willing to become mentors and mentorees will be trained in mentoring and will receive on-going support by mentoring experts. The ultimate objective is to provide female entrepreneurs of all ages with the required knowledge, skills and competences that will enable them to successfully sustain their own business as a professional option.
The project is being implemented by a consortium of four (4) partners in Greece:
- Militos Emerging Technologies & Services, being the Project Leader, www.militos.org
- Federation of Industries of Northern Greece, www.sbbe.gr
- Hellenic Association of Young Entrepreneurs www.esyne.gr
- OLN Learning www.oln.gr
The applications have started