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.
If so, you could soon join the Cherie Blair Foundation’s mentoring community.
We welcome applications from mentors on a rolling basis throughout the year. To join the May 2018 intake, please apply by 23 April. All it takes is 20 minutes to apply. You will need a Google log-in in order to access the online application and platform. More information is below on enabling any email address as a Google log-in.
Good luck with the application and hope to have you on board soon! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Mentors are invited to apply throughout the year, either through our partner organisations or independently. Depending on when you apply, you will be matched with a woman entrepreneur in March, May or November.
We invite you to apply now as we might have a mentee in between intakes who could benefit from your experience.
Please do let us know if you have a preference for the intake you’ll be matched in.
If we do not have a mentee who can benefit from your experience at that time, we will keep your application for 12 months and endeavour to find you a match in subsequent groups.
The women entrepreneurs in the programme often request mentors with expertise in planning, marketing, communications, finance/accounting, product development, strategy, sales, team management, accessing capital, leadership, management, negotiation and other areas related to business and professional development. We have mentees with a range of needs in the programme and endeavour to match each mentee with a mentor who has experience in the areas she wants to focus on. We welcome mentors from many different backgrounds and value every prospective mentor’s interest in the programme. We encourage you to get in touch if you’re interested or have any questions.
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 mentee who is a great fit with your interests, background and goals.
After clicking on the application link, you will be asked to sign in. You will need a Google sign-in to access the application and sign in to our mentoring platform. You do not have to create a new Gmail account for this. You can enable any email address as a Google sign-in here for free if you do not have one.
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Any technical issues at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Applications will be reviewed within 3 working days.
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 to 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. 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 will likely be matched with a mentee from another country.
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 mentee/mentor online using Skype, Google Hangouts, Gchat, email or other online tools.
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, trainings, etc.
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.