We select and match women entrepreneurs and mentors from around the world three times each year – in March, May and November. Our selection criteria ensure you’re able to thrive in the programme, but the key really is in the commitment.
We only accept applications from women who have been nominated by our local partners. If you aren’t currently associated with one of our partners and would like to join us in a future intake, please contact them directly to find out how you can get involved in their projects.
Applications for the March 2018 intake will open in December. If you have been nominated by one of our local partners and meet the selection criteria above, please obtain a nomination letter and information on how to apply from them.
You will need a Google sign-in or Google ID to access the application and sign in to our mentoring platform. This is different than a Gmail account and you can enable any email address as a Google sign-in. You can create an account here for free if you do not have one.
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The first step is to review the selection criteria and complete the online application. This helps us get to know you and find you a mentor who is a great fit with your interests, background and goals.
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. Before being matched, all mentees and mentors go through our online training. This ensures you are able to start the programme with the knowledge and tools you need to build a productive mentoring relationship and use our online platform. It not only builds a good foundation for starting this programme, but also helps you build 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/mentor. We match mentees and mentors based on the needs expressed by the mentees and the interests and expertise of the mentors. We take special care in getting to know our participants and use a special matching algorithm built with Google to assess compatibility. We think there is great value in inter-cultural exchange and an outside perspective, so you could be matched with a mentor from over 80 different countries!
After that, you’ll receive information on your match and begin your one-on-one mentoring relationship! It will last for 12 months. You will meet with your mentor online using Skype or Google Hangouts.
We’ll invite you to participate in a kick-off webinar, where you’ll receive a hearty welcome into our vibrant community and extra training on getting started. You’ll want to set aside at least 2 hours a month to meet online with your mentoring partner and a bit more time if you’d like to attend webinars or trainings.
Our team will offer dedicated support and provide tools and resources to help you build a fruitful mentoring relationship and make the most out of our online platform. Mentees are required to report on their progress and complete performance tracking questionnaires at four intervals during the programme. We ask mentors to complete a feedback form at the end of the programme.
Mentors and mentees receive an unparalleled learning and growth experience, a title from the Foundation, an opportunity to gain new professional contacts, access to networking events and trainings, 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.