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Mentor scheme

Ignite mentoring

Ignite has been evolved to include further activities and events so that the inspirational week in the summer is simply the starting point on your entrepreneurial journey. The Ignite Mentor Scheme has been introduced to provide structured support to entrepreneurs after completing the programme. Delegates have the opportunity to become members of the scheme, for a fee, in order to continue their access to networks, investors, relevant training and/or events over a further six month period.

It is important that both mentees and mentors play a proactive role in the relationship. The role of the mentor is to offer support and advice, encouragement and a dose of reality where necessary. However, the role is distinct from that of a consultant. The role of the mentee is to manage communication, regular contacts and logistics.

Summary of mentor support

  • Process - supplying a route map for business creation
  • Troubleshooting - helping overcome 'road blocks'
  • Critique - an independent view of ideas & opportunities
  • Support - counselling, motivation, encouragement
  • Networking - making introductions to other experts
  • Specifics - business planning, sources of funding, etc.
  • Crisis management - support and a detached view

The mentor spends half a day of his or her time with each mentee per month. The regular contact comprises weekly emails and one or two conference calls/meetings per month.

Apply for the mentor scheme

To apply for the mentor scheme, please tick the relevant box on the Ignite application form. We encourage the applicants to apply as early as possible as we have limited mentee places available for each mentor on the first come, first served basis.


There are two levels of fees:

Entrepreneur £2,000 for six month membership*
Corporate delegate £3,000 for six month membership*

50% of the fees must be paid by 31 July 2017 and the remainder by 31 October 2017.

*It is possible to extend the period to another six months subject to the agreement with mentors.

Cancellation policy

We regret that a fee must be charged when a confirmed booking is cancelled:

Notice Fee payable
6-8 weeks 35%
4-6 weeks 70%
4 weeks or less 100%

Rules of engagement

A contract between the delegate, mentor and Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning is issued upon acceptance to the mentor scheme.

The rules of engagement include:

  • Methods of communication - how and where?
  • Frequency of contact or online updates
  • Areas of expertise/ topics to be discussed
  • Agree needs and wants from the mentoring relationship
  • Agree confidentiality issues and set boundaries


Applications are now open for the 19th Annual Ignite programme, taking place 8-13 July 2018.

Deadline: 1 June 2018


Early bird discount available till 1 April 2018.

Contact us

If you have any queries, please get in touch at

I met important contacts both within my own industry and also from other backgrounds. The mentoring sessions provided valuable experiences from people who were prepared to spend time polishing business plans.
Ian Bu, Research Associate, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge