Become a BSEEN Mentor

Help to develop a new generation of entrepreneurs

Are you an entrepreneur or business professional with a strong interest in developing others?

Are you able to empower others to identify their own needs and develop their own solutions?

Are you open, willing to listen to others, and offer advice without judgement?

Help a generation of entrepreneurs to reach their potential

What is BSEEN?

Support and guidance for student and graduate entrepreneurs

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and in collaboration with our four Birmingham-based partner institutions, BSEEN’s goal is to help support students and graduates set up their business in the West Midlands.

What Does a Mentor Do?

All you need to give is an hour a month

We seek mentors who are keen to share their expertise and knowledge, guiding fledgling business owners to help them feel inspired and confident to succeed.

All we require is your time to volunteer (a minimum of just one hour per month for a 12 month period); this could be face-face, over the telephone or via email – whatever suits you.

Why Become a Mentor?

A rewarding way to give back to the community

Share Your Experience

Help new entrepreneurs by imparting the valuable lessons you’ve learned about business.

Provide Guidance

You’ll be able to provide BSEEN participants with unbiased advice and offer them direction.

Widen Your Network

You’ll be invited to all our events, where you can meet other mentors, trainers, and BSEEN participants.

Be Inspired

We’re sure you’ll find each cohort of BSEEN entrepreneurs every bit as innovative and inspirational as we do!

BSEEN Mentors

Meet the mentors currently helping BSEEN entrepreneurs

Emma Jennings

Director/Co-Founder at The Studio Venue Company

Clive Poole

Director at X2Print & X2Furniture

Ollie Leggett

MD and Brand Consultant at IE Design Consultancy

Neil Herman

General Manager at H&R ChemPharm (UK) Ltd

Sam Jones

Co-founder at Codevate

James Fedden

Founder at The Cake Doctor

Mentor Case Study

Find out what one of our current mentors thinks of BSEEN

Neil Herman

Neil Herman

General Manager at H&R ChemPharm (UK) Ltd

“Working as a mentor within the BSEEN project has provided me with a fascinating opportunity to work alongside a number of enthusiastic entrepreneurs taking their first steps into business.

The commitment and enthusiasm demonstrated by all of the business owners is extremely refreshing and I have regularly been amazed by the incredible desire and motivation some of them demonstrate not only to drive their businesses forward but also to make the world a better place.

My time working as a Mentor over the past 3 years has given me many chances to listen to and discuss some of the wonderful ideas and options that many of the start-up businesses are thinking about, and hopefully some of my advice has been useful to the various businesses that I have worked with.

The support from the Aston-based BSEEN team has been outstanding and contributed significantly to my own development by allowing me an insight into the business start-up world. It’s very encouraging to see that a number of businesses started on the BSEEN scheme over the last few years have continued to develop and mature and are now becoming well-established enterprises.”

Help a generation of entrepreneurs to reach their potential

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