With partnership and support from Youth Business International (YBI) and Accenture Global, our mentorship and advisory support is now delivered through the Sky’s the Limit (STL) platform.
STL is a unique growth support service at FATE Foundation that enables young Nigerian Entrepreneurs receive (virtual and/or in-person) mentoring and business advisory from accomplished/experienced individuals to facilitate their growth and development along their entrepreneurial journey as they start, grow or scale their businesses.
Through an Artificial Intelligence driven digital experience, Sky’s the Limit links young entrepreneurs with experienced business advisors & mentors, giving them the opportunity to either meet in person and/or virtually, particularly if geographical proximity is a constraint.
The program is open and free for all young Nigerian Entrepreneurs
Over the years, the FATE Mentoring Programme has been a major springboard for catalysing the growth and development of young and aspiring Nigerian entrepreneurs with several testimonials of business success.
Also, the effectiveness of this program has been pivotal to the vast experience and quality of our volunteer mentors who continuously help to provide free mentorship support to our young entrepreneurs.
We strongly believe that budding entrepreneurs can build strong and sustainable businesses when they leverage on the wealth of knowledge, skills and insights of highly experienced business professionals and entrepreneurs.
If you would like to become a FATE Volunteer Mentor, please visit www.fatefoundation.org/volunteer to register.
Are you an alumnus of FATE Foundation? And would you like to take your business level? If so, the 12-month FATE Foundation Programme is here for you.
Benefits include opportunities to:
- Get guidance to start, grow or scale your business idea/venture
- Get FREE support to achieve key entrepreneurship and business goals
- Meet with other entrepreneurs during the mentor-mentee mixer
- Improve your network, market and business linkages
- Develop new insights and knowledge
To sign up for the mentoring programme, please follow the next steps below:
- Click on the following link to indicate your mentoring goals: FATE Mentee Sign-up Form.
Do ensure that your goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
- Once you have completed the form, send us an email with the title “FATE MENTORING” to email@example.com or call 0812-246-1806.
- Thereafter, we will get back to you within 5 working days of receiving your email and commence a matching process for you.
For further enquiries or clarifications, please contact us at or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0812-246-1806.
Agenda for your first mentoring meetings
Aims:Establish trust, Agree on goals, Set ground rules, End on a high note
Building your mentoring relationship around trust is the key to success! Here are some good starting points to help you get to know each other:
* Introduce yourself and your work
* Discuss your local business community , environment and culture
* Introduce your family
* Introduce your support network – who helps out in difficult times?
* Who is your hero and why?
Discuss general goals
This is a two-way learning experience, so developing your goals together will help ensure you start off on the right foot:
* Think carefully about what you would both like to learn.
* Then set out 3 general goals to help you track your progress, taking into account:
* Mentee’s interests and potential areas for development
* What the mentee hopes to achieve
* How the mentor can help
* What the mentor would like to gain
* How you would like your business and life to change as a result of this relationship
– Once you have agreed on general goals, we suggest you discuss more specific objectives on a regular basis. Your objectives will emerge and take shape as your relationship develops.
– As your objectives develop, remember to list them on your calendar and update the list regularly!
Set ground rules
Clear, shared expectations and processes are important. Discuss rules and logistics and, at a minimum, agree on:
*The confidential nature of your conversations
* Methods of communication:
* Planned frequency and duration of meetings on the platform
* Agreement on availability for brief, ad hoc conversations via email or chats
* How to communicate what makes you feel uncomfortable
* How you plan to give constructive feedback and support to one another
* How you will measure progress
* Boundaries, “no-go zones”, such as requests for funding
End on a high note
Good practice is to:
* Review the meeting – Have you made a good start? Any questions?
* Confirm when you will next meet/talk/chat
* Agree on your next topic in advance. Choose something engaging that interests both of you, such as: – How to start writing a business plan
– Getting the most out of the platform
– Learning from each other’s business cultures
* Agree on the agenda and share it prior to your next meeting – the mentee can take the lead on this task.
* Have fun! Mentoring relationships should be rewarding for both parties, so relax and enjoy it!
The objective of our mentoring programme is to facilitate the transition of our AEP, EEP and SEP participants from entrepreneurship training to enterprise development i.e. handhold our entrepreneurs as they apply what they have learnt into building and scaling up their businesses.
We believe that mentoring is a supportive, one on one relationship between an experienced entrepreneur/professional to facilitate the mentee’s growth and development.
Benefits to the Mentor
* Personal relationship with a future business leader
* Opportunity to give back one’s time and knowledge towards helping others on their entrepreneurial journey
* Personal gratification
* Opportunity to reflect and codify life’s experiences
* Links/networks to the younger generation and other aspiring/emerging entrepreneurs
Benefits to the Mentee
* Opportunity to develop new insights and knowledge
* Links/networks within a particular industry
Expectations for the Mentor
In order to serve as an effective mentor, the following qualities need to be considered:
- High Sense of Moral Integrity: A high sense of moral integrity is necessary for establishing and maintaining trust and open lines of communication between you and your mentee. The mentee must have faith that their mentor will not engage in unscrupulous behavior that could jeopardize their well-being or success.
- Excellent Listening Skills: Active listening involves focusing on the person who is speaking, without distractions. It means giving the person your undivided attention and avoiding interruptions. Being conscious of body language and non-verbal communication is important as well in order to be attuned to what your mentee is saying.
- A Positive Attitude: The ability to provide encouragement, support, and a positive attitude contributes greatly to building trust in the relationship. A positive attitude conveys your belief in your mentee and their ability to manifest their dreams.
- Sensitivity to the Needs of Your Mentee: Active listening ensures that you are attuned to the needs of your mentee. Being open to the individual’s needs and concerns is a vital component for their personal growth and development.
- Respect for and Acceptance of the Person: Having a deep respect and acceptance for your mentee regardless of his/her gender, ethnic background, or religion is essential for trust, meaningful dialogue, and sharing.
- Commitment: Commitment to spending time with your mentee in order to fulfill the objectives of this mentoring programme is important for developing a strong relationship and ensuring your mentee’s personal, educational, and entrepreneurial development. It is also critical that you correspond with the coordinator of the FATE Mentoring Programme on a regular basis and that you complete all required forms.
- Willingness to be Available to your Mentee between Meetings: Being open to telephone calls, e-mails, or written communication from your mentee when he/she needs assistance helps to foster the development of a strong and meaningful relationship.
- Trust FATE foundation believes that successful relationships are built upon trust: During the course of your relationship with your mentee, your mentee might choose to disclose to you his business plan or key elements of his business strategy. We expect that by choosing to begin a mentorship relationship, you will not disclose this information to others without the stated consent of your mentee and use for your own personal gains.
- The mentor’s role is to guide the mentee on strategies to achieve their mentoring objectives
- The mentors and mentees should be respectful of time and meeting commitments that have been agreed ahead of time.
- The mentor should commit to a meeting time of at least one hour each month for a six month period
- The mentor is expected to provide solicited guidance and advice to the mentee.
- Listen to and remember the questions and comments your mentee may make
- Introduce your mentee to your place of work
- Monitor and track the progress of your mentee over the 6-month period
- The mentee is expected to complete the mentoring process tracking sheet after every meeting to keep FATE Foundation updated on the progress of the mentoring relationship.
- The mentor and mentee are expected to complete the post mentoring relationship feedback form at the end of the 6-month period.
- The mentoring relationship must not be exploitative in any way and both parties must show mutual respect at all times and must be considerate of each other’s religion, culture and beliefs.
- The mentee is not obligated to follow the mentor’s guidance; however, the mentee does have a responsibility to consider and evaluate carefully the guidance given.