Sustainable Business Research Institute

Business MENTOR training and CERTification (MentorCERT)

Improving the quality of business mentors for small businesses through university-business partnerships.

Business MENTOR training and CERTification (MentorCERT)

The Challenge

Business mentors for small businesses are lacking in both number and quality. This project engages academia and practitioners in the co-production of a framework to benchmark different levels of mentor expertise that correspond with the different phases of growth and development of small and medium sized enterprises, to improve the quality of business mentors for small businesses.

The Approach

The project promotes university- business partnerships through the development of intelligence to enable business mentors to operate in clusters of strategic importance to regional economies such as the FinTech sector.

The Impact

MentorCert seeks to establish capability levels for business mentors and move towards international certification of business mentoring compliant with ISO 17024 standards. The certification scheme will be a ready for use tool but its practical experimentation goes beyond the scope of this project, in terms of time as well as budget, and will be carried out after the project’s end, in further projects. The project is funded under the European Commission Erasmus Strategic Partnerships from November 2017-October 2019.

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