The Enterprise Ireland Mentor Network was established to help companies identify and overcome obstacles to growth. Mentors in our network can provide tailored advice, guidance and support, to help you accelerate growth and build management capability.
Mentors are senior executives, drawn from the private sector, with a proven track record in business.  They act as a confidential sounding board, advising your company on key operational and strategic issues.

The Network is regularly refreshed with CEOs and senior executives with high levels of achievement and with proven skills in marketing, strategic development, organisation development, R&D, funding and first-time exporting across the software, services, life sciences, environment, food and consumer products sectors.

Companies approved for a Mentor assignment are presented with a shortlist of experienced suitable Mentors, the final choice of Mentor is the company’s.  If you have a number of issues, for example in both finance and production, and need different skills to overcome these issues, more than one Mentor can be involved in an assignment.  Every effort is made to match the Mentor to the specific needs of your company.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A MENTOR ASSIGNMENT: A mentoring assignment consists of 10 visits from a Mentor over a 12 month period. Companies choose a Mentor from a short-list of Mentors with the experience to meet their stated needs. The goals and objectives are established by the client in agreement with the Mentor at the start of the assignment.  All Mentors sign a strict confidentiality agreement with Enterprise Ireland.

ELIGIBILITY: You are eligible to apply for this funding if you are:

  • A manufacturing or internationally traded services SME company employing 10-249 people.
  • A new High Potential Start-up (HPSU) company

and you are a client of any of the following bodies:

  • Enterprise Ireland
  • A County Enterprise Board
  • Udaras Na Gaeltachta

Companies must not be eligible to receive the support applied for from An Bord Bia or An Bord Iascaigh Mhara.

FUNDING: Grant support toward costs of mentor for up to 10 sessions maximum eligible cost of €175 per day (total €1,750).
The company is required to pay this per visit fee directly to the Mentor and at the end of the assignment Enterprise Ireland will reimburse the company with a grant covering 100% of the cost.