The focus of this literature review is on mentoring for businesses
and/or entrepreneurs. The document provides a list of enterprise
mentoring programmes being implemented in the MENA region with details
about the organisation, country of implementation, and a brief
description of the programme itself along with donors/sponsors.
The review provides evidence that mentoring programmes have real
benefits, providing a relevant and appropriate source of support for
entrepreneurs.Some of the crucial factors that need to be taken into
account when designing mentoring programmes include:
- Balancing a formal approach (in terms of goals and expected outcomes)
with an informal one that can provide enough flexibility and openness
to the needs of the entrepreneur.
- Matching mentors and mentees is a considered an important factor for
the success of the mentoring relationship, considering experience,
personal aspects, learning styles and socio-economic factors can have
a considerable impact on the outcome of the relationship. While taking
into consideration these aspects can help reduce potential mismatches,
mentoring programmes need to be aware that this is still a possibility
and provide exit strategies for both the mentor and mentee.
- Training of the mentor and clarification of expectations and rules can
help frame the relationship and reduce the level of frustration from
Pompa, C. Literature Review on enterprise mentoring. EPS-PEAKS, UK (2012) 20 pp.