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Tampere City is looking for entrepreneurs to the Business Mentoring Programme

Starting from Spring 2019 the City of Tampere is offering a unique business mentoring program for local entrepreneurs facing challenges in business life. The mentoring model is settled on a co-creation approach between the so-called triangle of government, universities in Tampere and Pirkanmaa Business Mentor Association.

Mentoring Programme

Business Mentoring Programme is benchmarking of the Rotterdam Business Case, where university student with fresh ideas and practical approach together with experienced senior mentor is helping entrepreneur to develop his/her business (see links below for more information). Process has been built and developed during year 2018, when there was organized pilot run including 8 entrepreneurs with migrant background. Results of pilot were promising – one of the biggest assets of the guidance was entrepreneurs’ having a wider perspective to their business issues and future activities.

Program is organized in rounds. At the moment there are 11 entrepreneurs participating the program and receiving guidance. The challenges for entrepreneurs are, for example, creating a business model and marketing strategy, customer acquisition, productisation etc. The first actual round is still in the middle, but there are already a success stories. Mentoring lasts for 6 months and is free of charge. Entrepreneur is expected to have a pro-active approach to the process and organize frequent meetings with mentors.

During September there will be active selection process going on for the new round starting in November, therefore be fast and apply now by filling application here. Participation are prioritized by the application date.

More information:

See below videos for more information about mentoring programme.

Here you find stories about the experiences by the mentoring programme participants:

 

Ramona Bilmez
Business Coordinator at the City of Tampere
ramona.bilmez@tampere.fi
gsm 040 685 9853

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