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One-to-One Mentoring with an Experienced Entrepreneur

Get matched with an experienced entrepreneur to support you along your business journey.

Personal support from someone who’s walked the walk

WeBC’s One-to-One Mentoring program helps you develop your capabilities and skills, manage risk, and achieve your goals. To date, we’ve matched over 1,350 women in our program! Meet our amazing mentors.


Some of the key benefits of our program include:

  • Advice and support from an experienced business owner
  • Relief from the isolation of business ownership
  • Leverage insights from your mentor’s experience
  • Validate ideas and make decisions with confidence
  • Gain fresh ideas and perspectives

Our Mentors are experienced entrepreneurs who understand the ups and downs of owning a business and can share their hard-earned knowledge. We interview every Mentee and Mentor, so we can personally match you with a Mentor with the right experience.

Eligibility requirements

All applicants must:

 

  1. Actively operate a business in British Columbia that generates revenue
  2. Be in the early stages of business operation (in the first five years)
  3. Be a woman, or identify as a woman, and over the age of 19
  4. Be available to meet with your Mentor for a minimum of two hours a month for six months.

* Please note that ‘pre-startups’ are not eligible for the mentoring program, however you can seek professional guidance from our Business Advisors.

Application process

  • WeBC offers multiple intakes throughout the year. Each intake is open for five days, during which women business owners can apply to be matched with a mentor.
  • The number of matches made for each intake is dependent on the number of mentors available.
  • Matches are made in the two weeks following the interview period.
  • Successful applicants are accepted into the 6-month program after payment of a $150 program fee.
  • WeBC Loan Clients can request to be matched with a mentor at any time for free—you do not need to wait for an intake. To access this complimentary support, please contact your Business Advisor.

Spring intake now closed

Thanks to everyone who applied during our recent application intake! We’re now reviewing all applications. Eligible applicants will be contacted for an interview in the order applications were received until all available mentors are matched.

 

Stay in the Loop

Our spring intake is now closed. To be notified of the next One-to-One Mentoring intake, please sign up for our eBlasts.

 

Frequently Asked Questions - One-to-One Mentoring

One-to-One Mentoring matches women in the early stages of operating a business with women who have five plus years experience running a business. Matches are based on:

Industry experience or knowledge

  • Mentor business expertise and Mentee business challenges
  • Location
  • Personality

Mentors and Mentees will meet for a minimum of two hours a month for six months; meetings can be held in person, by phone, e-mail or online tools.

Mentees develop three business goals they would like to achieve over the course of the six months they are working with a Mentor. Those goals then become the basis of the mentoring relationship.

By focusing on achieving their goals with the support and guidance of a Mentor, Mentees will develop the confidence and skill they need to succeed in business.

A Mentee is an entrepreneur in the early stages of operating a business who is motivated and committed to work towards her business goals and report on any progress or stumbling blocks to a Mentor.

Mentees must be willing to:

  • Dedicate a minimum of two hours a month to the mentoring relationship
  • Set three business goals to work towards
  • Receive constructive feedback
  • Accept suggestions and advice
  • Be open to new ideas and change
  • Be respectful of their Mentor
  • Take initiative in maintaining a relationship with a Mentor
    Commit to the development and growth of their business

New entrepreneurs can find power and confidence in sharing their concerns with a Mentor who is a guide, a role model, a sounding board and a supporter. This can help women tap into the experiences of mentors for a second opinion – or sometimes emotional support – and think ahead with clarity and vision.

Mentees benefit from:

  • Receiving personalized advice
  • Improving their business knowledge
  • Receiving an outside perspective
  • Increased productivity
  • Growing confidence from support regarding business decisions
  • New networks and partnerships within the business community
  • Emotional support
  • Relief from isolation through regular, supportive contact with someone who cares about them and their businesses

All applications will be reviewed for eligibility. Successful applicants must be:

  • Actively operating a business in British Columbia and generating revenue
  • In the early stages of business operation (in the first five years)
  • Female and over the age of 19
  • Available for a minimum of two hours a month for six months

Eligible applicants will be contacted by our Mentoring Coordinator with further details about participation in the program. A one-time fee of $150 is required to secure your space in the program and full bursaries are available.

We have multiple application intakes throughout the year. If you are eligible and would like to participate in the One-to-One Mentoring Program, be sure to sign up for our eBlasts for the latest updates on the intakes of our Mentoring Program.

If you are a loan client of WeBC, you may apply to be matched with a mentor anytime; you do not need to wait for an intake, and the program is complimentary as part of your loan care. Please contact your Business Advisor for more information.

Pre-start-ups are not eligible for the mentoring program; however, you can seek professional guidance from our Business Advisors.

We encourage Mentees to make specific Mentor requests!

If there is a person in business who you would like to connect with to become your Mentor, please include their name, business and contact information on your application form and we will try to facilitate a match by approaching them on your behalf.

 

The cost of the One-to-One Mentoring program is $150; however, full bursaries are available and WeBC loan clients can access the program for free.

To secure your place in the program, payment of the fee is required within two business days of your acceptance notification.

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