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Oxford Brookes Enterprise Support is looking to facilitate mentoring and coaching to assist early-stage business owners, social entrepreneurs, or others who have genuinely shown a desire to put a project into action.
The mentoring programme which is primarily aimed at our students and recent graduates, would be geared towards entrepreneurs that have genuinely committed to the early stages of start-up and project development. These participants would be specially selected by the Enterprise Support team and will initially be from previous OBSEA or Business Plan Competition award winners; Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa holders; or teams and individuals that have demonstrated that they are at a stage where mentoring would be beneficial to them and their project.
The objective of the mentoring programme would be to give the entrepreneur the support and encouragement to advance their business and project development.
The mentors would be entrepreneurs, business people, and experts selected from our business contacts at Enterprise Support, who have expressed an interest in mentoring.
This scheme would act on top of any other support currently available from Oxford Brookes.
There would be no cost for this extra support.
The purpose of mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person (Parsloe, 2000)
The purpose of mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person
Mentors have been recruited on personal recommendation by members of Oxford Brookes Enterprise Support and their colleagues. Programme induction will offer insights into the nature of mentoring, the boundaries associated with mentoring and effectivementoring skills.
Participation in the programme is voluntary for both the mentor and the mentee. However, once participants enter a mentor-mentee relationship, we do have some guidelines:
It is not expected that the mentor provides: hands-on support, counselling, urgent support, an offer of a job, a demand for equity, or canvasses for work.
There will be an interim and final evaluation conducted by the Programme Coordinator, and it is requested that all mentees and mentors participate and give honest feedback as to the benefits and changes needed in the programme. Continual feedback is critical to the improvement of the programme.