Interactive resources for incubators and accelerators
Interactive resources for incubators and accelerators
Interactive resources for incubators and accelerators

Facilitators & Mentors

Your facilitators and mentors play a critical role in your entrepreneurs’ accelerator or incubator journey, by supporting them to get the best outcomes from your program for themselves and their enterprises.


    Power dynamics between the facilitators, mentors and entrepreneurs in your program may prevent the best outcomes.


    Your entrepreneurs are supported by your mentors and facilitators to deliver the best possible outcomes.


    Example measurement indicators and collection methods can be found here.

Why it matters

The role of facilitators and mentors is to facilitate thought and ideas from those who are closest to the issue, the entrepreneurs. It is important for your facilitators and mentors to understand where their support role starts and ends, and for them to be aware of any power dynamics that may be at play.


Are there any real or perceived power dynamics at play with our facilitators or mentors, when they support our entrepreneurs?


  • 1.

    Have a gender diverse pool of mentors and facilitators.

  • 2.

    Create a clear mentor/mentee code of conduct that both parties sign up to. Consider power dynamics that may occur when matching different genders and ensure regular check-ins to ensure that negative power dynamics are identified (if any) and addressed.

  • 3.

    Have relevant training for mentors, facilitators and all other content deliverers, so they understand how they can create a safe environment that is conducive to learning for all entrepreneurs.