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"Sister 2 Sister" - mentoring program for female entreprenurs

The concept is to create a triangular mentoring system where female entrepreneurs are paired up with aspiring females in high schools. In order for the young female to become a mentee, she has to become the mentor for a girl in primary or secondary school.

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The concept is to create a triangular mentoring system where female entrepreneurs are paired up with aspiring females in high schools. In order for the young female in high school to become a mentee, she has to become the mentor for a girl in primary or secondary school. The mentoring system will encourage more women to start up their own business and at the same time become role models for younger generations by sharing their experiences on a personal level. The interactions  between mentor and mentee will build valuable relations in the community and ensure that valueable information and experiences are passed down from generation to generation.  

(This concept came up in a brainstorm using the Brainstorm in a Box tool kit)

How do you envision this idea making money?

Although the mentor network in itself does not create monetary value, there is plenty of social capital to be created through such a system. By social capital I mean "the connections within and between social networks". The exchange of ideas and experiences between generations is however, likely to improve the products and services provided by the businesses, and may also help improve the business model.

How does this idea create social impact, particularly around improving health?

The personal exchange of ideas will build strong social relations between members of the community. The participants will feel a strong sense of belonging, which is likely to improve their psychological health.

How does this idea add social value at every step of the process?

There is a constant exchange of ideas and experiences throughout the process, which can be implemented to develop and improve the business or leadership potential of the mentor and the mentee. The longer the relationship goes for, the deeeper the relation, the stronger the impact.

What are the short term steps we could take to implement this idea tomorrow?

1) The first step would be to run a pilot project by selecting 5 successful (and well- known) female entrepreurs in one particular city/town in Caldas. 2) Contact the local high school principal in the city/town and ask for the names of 5 talented girls who can participate in the program 3) Contact local primary school principal in the city/town and ask for the names of 5 young talented girls who can participate in the program 4) Team up each female entrepreneur with one high school student and one primary school student 5) Let the mentor and mentees meet once every month. (The High school student will be busy, she has to meet her mentor every month but also be the mentor once a month. She will thus receive intensive leadership training) 6) Evaluate the pilot after a year, to track the impact and communicate it to the wider public through media 7) Scale up the project, by getting more mentors and mentees involved

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Photo of Anne Kjaer Riechert

This concept was inspired by the "Brain storm in a Box". What a great tool to get the creativity flowing!