Mentoring has been a part of the SSE's core learning programme for social entrepreneurs over the last 14 years. The SSE has developed relationships with numerous organisations to provide employee engagement opportunities to their employees through mutual mentoring with the SSE's students and fellows. These organisations include:
- Enable Partners
- A private family trust
- SVG Capital
No special skills are needed to be a mentor as the role is primarily that of being a sounding board for someone as he or she develops ideas for the project he or she is working on. Often, however, mentors do bring a set of skills different from those of the student or Fellow and it is in the cross-fertilisation of those points of view that the value is found.
The SSE is currently managing 50+ mentoring relationships annually, and this number is set to increase.