Organised by SFEDI, The Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) and the Government Equalities Office (GEO), Aberdeen’s Meet a Mentor event will see attendees connect with volunteer enterprise mentors and access excellent business insight.

Women operating across all sectors at any stage of their entrepreneurial journey are welcome to attend.

Meet a Mentor
Wednesday 4th May 2016 from 10am to 1pm
Skene House Rosemount
Aberdeen

Meet a Mentor creates an environment in which potential mentors and mentees network informally. As well as ‘speed-mentoring’ sessions and speakers, there’s also the chance to connect over refreshments during breaks. A diverse range of female and male volunteer mentors will be at Aberdeen’s Meet a Mentor, each one enthusiastic about sharing their time and expertise with women mentees on the day itself and as an ongoing commitment.

Mentees Louise McCosh and Lois McMurtie run French Duncan HR Services, which provides specialised human resource services to employers in Glasgow and Edinburgh. In the early stages of starting up, the pair attended a Glasgow Meet a Mentor event in order to connect with a mentor. Louise said:

“There were lots of new entrepreneurs at Meet a Mentor, as well as a lot of mentors and coaches. It was a really positive event with a good mix of mentors and mentees. The mentor we met gave us the kick start we needed in developing our service. The early phases of a new business initiative are both exciting and overwhelming, and achieving outside perspective is hugely valuable.”

The IOEE is inviting enterprise mentors who sign up for the Aberdeen Meet a Mentor event to access a free online training course, Introduction to Enterprise Mentoring. This short course provides an ideal overview of the enterprise mentor role, helping people to hone their existing mentoring skills and knowhow.

Jackie Brierton, Founder and Vice Chair of Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES), is a committed supporter of Meet a Mentor and pleased to see her fellow Scotswomen given access to quality enterprise mentoring. She said:

“Having an effective mentor plays an important role in the success of any business and women in particular seem to attach value to having access to quality mentoring. Events such as Meet a Mentor are a great way of connecting with potential mentors, and also provide a valuable networking opportunity. Women’s Enterprise Scotland is pleased to support SFEDI and the UK Government’s Equalities Office in these events and look forward to seeing a wide range of female business owners attending.”

SFEDI Group’s Executive Chair, Ruth Lowbridge MBE said:

“Together with the Government Equalities Office, we’re proud to be celebrating, engaging and empowering female entrepreneurs in the UK. Meet a Mentor is a great initiative with a growing record of success. It continually opens up new opportunities for connection, knowledge sharing and fresh entrepreneurial inspiration. I urge all ambitious female entrepreneurs to come along!”

Further information about Meet a Mentor events is available at www.ioee.eventbrite.co.uk

Attendees can register here www.ioee.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information please call 0845 467 4928 or email info@ioee.uk

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