WEN Opens a Call for Mentors
The Women Entrepreneurs Network (WEN) of the USAID’s SEED, in cooperation with Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC), is looking for 20-25 aspiring female mentors to coach and lead potential women entrepreneurs and support their business ideas. Over the past three years, USAID’s SEED has been always keen on including mentorship to its interventions of Entrepreneurship Programs, StartUp Weekends and Business Plan Competitions.
The current eco-system in Egypt has insufficient groups of mentors that are constantly being used to serve startups and entrepreneurs [less than 100]. The demand for new mentors is vital to the healthy growth of the eco-system. We would like to provide the eco-system with a broader range of people: create a new group of mentors, specifically women, to provide fresh perspective and expertise to the eco-system.
The aim of mentorship is to support women entrepreneurs in implementing their own ideas and to develop them into successful startups and businesses. To facilitate and share knowledge, contacts in local Egyptian eco-system, share experiences and positively affect the Egyptian economy.
- An 8 months commitment is requested as follows:
- The first phase of the program will be 3 months where you will be enrolled in the mentorship and leadership training.
- In the second phase of the program, which is expected to last for 5 months, you will be mentoring female entrepreneurs with existing startups for a minimum of 5 hours/month with a combination of both virtual mentoring calls and physical meetings.
- A milestone tool to measure progress and help set goals for the mentorship relationship should be utilized during the mentorship program. These goals and milestones will be set at the beginning of the program. These milestones will be helpful for continuous updating on the mentorship program.
- A minimum of 5-7 years of work experience.
- Ability to cascade the mentorship knowledge to your circles (whether it be within their organization, incubator, Business Development Center or as an influential person in your field).
- Mentors should have basic business knowledge in addition to expertise in one of the following (Marketing, Sales, Legal, Finance, IT, etc.).
- Passion to work with female entrepreneurs
What is in it for mentors?
- Mentors will receive an intensive coaching training over the first three months of the program (cost of training will be covered by USAID’s SEED).
- An opportunity to connect with other female business leaders
- A Curriculum Vitae (CV) entailing your previous experience.
- Provide a brief paragraph highlighting your interest and how you envision this mentorship training will impact you and your mentees.
All interested mentors can apply to USAID’s SEED mentorship program through sending the required application to the following email firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for receiving applications is July 14, 2019.