PROWEB launched the second phase of the Business Women’s Training and Mentoring Programme in Entrepreneurship Skills. This focused on the Mentorship Training Programme which was delivered by Lindsey Crouch, Mentoring Programme Manager, Virgin Unite UK. 60 entrepreneurs drawn from the Southern and Northern region of Zimbabwe underwent the Mentoring Training which was conducted in Harare and Bulawayo respectively.
Over 30 seasoned professional and business women were selected to be mentors for the programme and also underwent a Mentor Training Session.
PROWEB realised that there is a growing interest in the value of business mentoring and a commitment to build networks of experienced entrepreneurs to support the next generation. The need for mentoring amongst entrepreneurs is encapsulated by terms such as ‘lonely at the top’ and ‘people running their own businesses can’t see the wood for the trees’ These relate to the isolation of an entrepreneur’s position and their need to step back and reflect. These individuals benefit from the empathy and insight of a mentor who has been in a similar position themselves. The drivers relate to emotional and personal, as well as the business aspect of support. Furthermore, mentoring approaches are particularly relevant and appropriate as sources of support for entrepreneurs. The experience of having a well-respected expert working directly in and with the business, helping tackle both business and personal issues is seen as being invaluable.
PROWEB recognizes that there are many successful business women out there, who are willing to mentor and support fellow women in business. PROWEB has matched the 60 entrepreneurs with seasoned and successful business women drawn from the different sectors of the economy. A cocktail was hosted for Mentors and Mentees to meet for the first time and network.