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Green Mentoring

Green Mentor is a two year project, funded under the Erasmus+ programme 2015-2017. While mentoring is an established business practice, particularly in the entrepreneurial start-up area, mentoring to green entrepreneurs, who wish to incorporate environmental values into their businesses is a new and growing area.

The five European partner organisations for Green Mentor include: Utopicus and Infodef from Spain, BEST from Austria, BGE from Hungary and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) from Ireland. The Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship, within CIT, are responsible for developing one of the key project outputs, namely, the Green Mentor Handbook. Other key project outputs include a draft curriculum which may form the basis for seeking certification of a green mentoring curriculum under existing European Vocational Educational Frameworks and a Green Mentor Toolkit containing useful tools designed to guide the mentor and mentee along the green mentoring journey.

The Green Mentor project seeks to define and support the new emerging professional role of Green Mentor, i.e. those who mentor and provide practical support to entrepreneurs in starting up a green business or in greening an existing business by the introduction of green or eco-friendly processes and practices.

The next phase of the project requires partners to pilot the material developed with business mentors and business owners, managers or entrepreneurs with an interest in starting a green business or greening an existing business. This will be completed in two stages: training for mentors and mentoring of businesses.

We are now inviting existing business mentors and individuals interested in the concept of Green Mentoring to attend Green Mentor Training in Cork Institute of Technology on Monday Feb 27th Or Monday March 6th from 10.00 – 14.30. Please choose the date that suits best from the ticket options.

This training will focus on the process, roles and skills, combined with a practical approach that allows tracking of progress and a deeper understanding of the mentoring journey. Participants will be provided with a full overview of the Green Mentor Handbook and Toolkit.

By using the Green Mentor Handbook and Green Mentor Toolkit, the mentor and mentee will:

Develop an understanding of the breadth and complexity of the Green mentoring role.
Experience and gain a deeper understanding mentoring techniques and processes
Follow the key stages of a mentoring relationship.
Enhance skills & competencies of a mentor.
Better Identify mentee needs around Green business.
Gain an insight into green mentoring and its meaning, relevance and application.