Outputs and Results
The bizMentors international project aims to innovate the existing business mentoring model within the partnership and using an online interactive platform and shared learning to scale and expand BizMentors International, making expertise accessible to all enterprises and entrepreneurs thereby developing BizMentors International into a transnational mentoring programme. It will be trialled in the NPA area for the duration of this programme.
The project's objectives are:
- To expand the BizMentors programme throughout the partner regions so that barriers to specific expertise and markets are removed for those with ambition, ideas and skills.
- Using technology, develop an online platform to scale the mentoring service in a cost efficient and inclusive manner over distance and borders.
- Develop a Best Practice Handbook (BPH) to share lessons learned and create a product that is robust and transferable throughout all communities in the NPA region and beyond.
Develop and pilot a mentoring model
Developing & piloting a mentoring model which will suit each region participating in the project, and ensure its transferability to other business sectors, and other countries (not just in the NPA region), and focusing on a specific business sector (processing/refinement of natural resources) in the partner countries: Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Iceland.
The aim is to share good practice in mentoring models for SMEs in the agri-food sector and enabling SMEs in partnership regions to access free mentoring and expertise.
The bizMentors partnership has successfully developed and tested the mentoring model offline and it will be developed into an online platform for mentoring.
Online mentoring platform
bizMentors international is developping am interactive, accessible, inclusive platform for all businesses, which will compliment and supplement existing mentoring support offerings
The platform is in the testing phase and can be viewed and accessed here.
Best practice handbook - mentoring model
To support this, a transnational best practice business model handbook will be developed that can be used to address challenges in different countries.