Definition of mentorship

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Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but she or he must have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn.[1] Mentorship experience and relationship structure affect the ‘amount of psychosocial support, career guidance, role modeling, and communication that occurs in the mentoring relationships in which the protégés and mentors engaged.'”[2][3]

In the context of entrepreneurship, “Business mentoring is a relationship between you, as an entrepreneur, and someone with business experience who is willing to act as a guide. The business mentor offers advice, guidance, and support to help you run and improve your business” [4].

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Mentorship case studies

Have a look at at least three of these case studies, focusing on mentorship:

Discussion forum

Having read some of these case studies, please post your observations about mentorship and describe some of the ways in which a good mentor can help an entrepreneur.

Post your thoughts in the Mentorship discussion forum and comment on what others have said, where appropriate.


  1. Farren Ph.D., Caela. “Eight Types of Mentor: Which Ones Do You Need?”. MasteryWorks.
  2. Fagenson-Eland, Ellen A., Michelle A. Marks, and Karen L. Amendola. “Perceptions of mentoring relationships.” Journal of Vocational Behavior 51, no. 1 (1997): 29-42.
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Benefits of business mentoring