Would you like to mentor our entrepreneurs?

In 2020 we have had to re-think how we live, work and do business, which has had a profound impact on our daily working life. Our present cohort of entrepreneurs in the Care of Business Executive Women program, where we support female entrepreneurs born outside Sweden, have realized the value of the right support, professionally as well as personally, to cope with the kind of uncertainty that we have seen in the last few months. The support provided by our mentors in the first cohort has been a much appreciated part of that support.

We are now proceeding with finding and working with our second group of entrepreneurs. Even if we still don’t know who the participants will be we are looking for you who want to volunteer your time and energy in support of their start on their growth journey.

About the program:

Care of Business Executive Women is a continuation of the work we do under our brand Care of Business – our accelerator where we support budding and growing entrepreneurs. The program is supported with funding from the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket). Through previous Care of Business programs we supported both newly arrived and social entrepreneurs, as well as women born outside the EU, in their journey towards starting an enterprise. 

In the Care of Business Executive Women program we will focus on established female entrepreneurs and business leaders born outside Europe. We target entrepreneurs who are already up and running a company and who want their businesses to grow, but experience various forms of impediments to this growth. Through a variety of support – individually tailored coaching around the business, thematic workshops focusing on leadership, partnership and funding, as well as personal mentors – we aim to help address these blockages.

What are we looking for in our mentors?

You are a driven engaged entrepreneur, who has already overcome one or more hurdles in your entrepreneurship, and are willing to share this experience with female entrepreneurs who are at the beginning of their journey. Our entrepreneurs are chosen specifically for their ambition to grow, but need support to tackle hurdles on the way.

We especially welcome female entrepreneurs, or feministic male entrepreneurs, who recognize invisible blockages and structures that female entrepreneurs face, and that add to the challenges of their entrepreneurship, especially for the ones who are foreign born.

We hope that you want to give us your time – around 10 hours over a period of six months – and share your experience and network of contacts. The mentorship consists of meeting your selected mentee 1-1.5 hours per month. You are also welcome to join in our thematic workshops and meet inspiring and engaged entrepreneurs and workshop leaders, who all work together to achieve change. We believe that increasing equality in ownership, financial flows and business activity between male and female led companies is what is needed for the business sector to provide equal opportunity to all.

About Impact Invest:

Impact Invest is an intermediary and advisor, working to increase the flow of capital and entrepreneurial support to primarily social entrepreneurs. We are a social enterprise ourselves, and reinvest the majority of our profits in our business. In 2012 we started a network for business angels, foundations and private investment companies. Since fall 2016 we also run accelerators for entrepreneurs under the brand Care of Business. Find out more about us on www.impactinvest.se. For more information contact Lena Eriksson Åshuvud at lena.ashuvud@impactinvest.se.