3 Reasons to Volunteer with Us As a Mentor or Coach
Here at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean, we’re charged with a mandate to improve the Caribbean economy through the support of Caribbean entrepreneurs.
As simple as it may sound, it’s a weighty challenge. To ensure growth, each entrepreneur requires special guidance in their area of business. At the Branson Centre, we realise that local and international Mentors and Coaches have a wealth of knowledge to impart on an early-stage entrepreneur’s journey. To this end, we’re currently looking for Mentors and Coaches to volunteer with our programme and donate 2-3 hours a month to provide guidance to a high-potential Branson Centre Official Entrepreneur.
But, what’s in it for the Mentor or Coach? How will they benefit from such an experience? Here are 3 reasons why you should volunteer with us:
- It’s a great way to give back. If you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or business professional living in Jamaica or overseas, and you’re seeking a way to give back, this is a great way to do so! Not only does your donation of time go towards improving the life and business of a young entrepreneur, it also improves the Caribbean economy, as your input and guidance will no doubt result in that entrepreneur ultimately growing their business and creating even one job. Job creation is great for the Caribbean economy as it reduces the unemployment rate and feeds into a higher GDP.
- Volunteering provides an opportunity for mutual learning. Branson Centre Mentor, Glen Stenholm from Norway, described his mentoring experience with the Branson Centre best when he said, “Being a Mentor with the Branson Centre gives you the opportunity to learn, share, give and thrive, in a reciprocal relationship. In every contact point, I am fired up. It stimulates all my cells. It gets my blood flowing like a race boat. It makes my heart sing. In the beginning I thought I would be the one who was sharing and giving. The fact is, I am the one who is learning. It is a one in a lifetime experience.” As a Mentor or Coach you’ll learn about business processes in the Caribbean, challenges entrepreneurs face and the general context of the Caribbean entrepreneurship environment. This knowledge will help you become a sharper, more rounded business professional.
3. Volunteering is a source of inspiration. If you’re recharged and inspired by new, fresh ideas, persons and challenges, we can almost guarantee that giving your time as a Mentor or Coach will be one of the reasons you look forward to a new day. Branson Centre Official Entrepreneurs are no ordinary entrepreneurs. They are trailblazers, innovators and people who disrupt business as usual to make their mark! They range from inventors to agricultural scientists,manufacturers and so much more. Working alongside one of our high-potential entrepreneurs for 2-3 hours a month will breathe new life into your business outlook. That’s a promise!
We hope we’ve given you all you need to know in order to sign up with the Branson Centre as a Mentor or Coach!
For more information on our Volunteer programme, or to sign up, click here.
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