Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship - The Henley Entrepreneur Mentor Programme

HCfE augments its support for entrepreneurs with a network of both alumni and external entrepreneurs. As ‘Mentors’, these alumni and external entrepreneurs can offer advice and support to students and recent graduates starting their own business, as well as the start-up businesses based at the Henley Start-Up Business Incubator.

The Mentors serve as independent advisors to students and alumni who are either seeking to start or have recently started their own business. The Programme allows students and alumni to get in touch with Mentors and develop long-term relationships.

The Role of the Mentor

The role of the Mentor is to provide high quality and unbiased advice to students and recent graduates that are seeking advice on starting or building their own business. It is recommended that such advice is provided in person (at Henley Business School or at a location to suit both). Sessions can be conducted on Skype or a similar alternative communication channel if that proves more convenient.

The mentor will typically spend around 4-6 hours per month providing mentoring to students and recent graduates, although there is stipulation for the minimum or maximum amount of time providing mentoring. It is not expected that the Mentor will have to do work either in preparing for or following up on mentoring sessions.

It is an absolute requirement that the Mentor does not promote or engage in selling their (or their company’s) services to any students and recent graduates who are being mentored.

Should Mentors wish to arrange a meeting room for their sessions with students and recent graduates, they can do so by contacting Alex Baker on a.j.baker@henley.ac.uk

For continuity HCfE expects the Mentor to provide services for a minimum of one term and ideally one full academic year. Please note that the role of Mentor is non-salaried.

Benefits of the Role

The Mentor will benefit from the role in a number of ways:

- Seeing students and recent graduates succeed in starting and growing their business
- Engaging with and being introduced to other opportunities within HCfE, such as speaking and participating on panels or as judges on various competitions and awards
- Recruiting from the University of Reading and/or the Henley Business School - Meeting other Mentors and exploring collaborations
- Attending an annual dinner and sharing experiences
- Being invited to Henley Business School events, including speakers' panels, guest speaker lectures and networking opportunities

Enlisting Mentors

HCfE is enlisting the services of experienced entrepreneurs to become mentors across most areas of expertise, including finance and business development and operations. In addition, HCfE is looking for Mentors with experience in high growth industry sectors such e-commerce, TMT, life sciences, financial services, FMCG, sports and leisure, retail and social enterprise.