The programme was piloted in 2021 in Chile, Colombia, Peru and Spain and has been renewed and extended to Greece, Italy and Russia in 2022. So far, over 100 Enel employees have participated in training sessions to become volunteer mentors and, along with other mentors, have supported over 100 entrepreneurs through one-to-one mentoring.
Our research has shown that young entrepreneurs who receive mentoring feel more confident in running their business and feel they have stronger decision-making abilities. These skills are vital during this current crisis, which has hit young entrepreneurs with small businesses particularly hard. Faced with difficult decisions amid stress and uncertainty, they need support harnessing their resilience and resourcefulness, to keep their businesses afloat.
Following the initial mentor training led by YBI's mentoring team and our members Youth Business Russia and Youth Business Spain, volunteers join mentoring programmes run by our members and delivery partners Acción Emprendedora in Chile, Corporación Minuto de Dios in Colombia, Perspektiva in Peru, Youth Business Spain, Action Finance Initiative (AFI) in Greece, MicroLab in Italy, and Youth Business Russia.
The programme has two key components: