During the BiTG project, we always wondered how we could support mentors in defining an effective mentoring pathway for mentees, which also took into considering the real needs of mentees.
A mentor should not only guide mentees in the transformation of an idea into a sustainable project, but should also help mentees to improve their entrepreneurial skills during the mentoring process.
But which entrepreneurial skills need to be developed during the creation of an idea? And which ones during the development of an effective business plan? What skills do we need if we are to prototype our idea and bring it to market?
We have divided the type of support a mentor can give to his/her mentees into 3 macro steps, depending on the moment they are in. Then we created a match with the official framework of the European Commission defining the 15 key entrepreneurial competences, called Entrecomp, which is divided exactly in 3 competence macro-groups.
This is how we came up with our “Mentoring Design Journey“, which is a useful and effective tool to make mentors reflect and help them define which activities and actions to involve mentees in to help them improve their entrepreneurial skills
In the BiTG tool you will find a set of questions for each entrepreneurial competence, divided into 3 macro-groups of 5 competences each, which you should use according to the real needs of your mentees. For example, if you need to design a mentoring process for a group of young creatives who want to turn their intuition into a more detailed project, maybe using the Business Model Canvas or other similar tools, then you can build your mentoring process more effectively by defining actions and activities to be submitted to the mentees. In this case you will use the questions we have designed for you in our first part of the tool called “Idea Generation”.
Finally, to get inspired and to use many effective tools and methodologies designed for your work as a mentor, you can access the web channels of the BiTG project, where you will find many resources and tips to make your mentoring work even more powerful.
It only remains for me to wish you good work and to invite you to test our tool, maybe giving us feedback to improve it: following you will find the Mentoring Design Journey in different languages.
Thank you all.