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Project Information
NameBizMentors
Start1.10.2018
End30.9.2021
Website
StatusRunning
ContactMarja Turunen
DescriptionBizMentors aims to develop, scale and expand an innovative low cost structured business mentoring initiative developed in Galway (west of Ireland) across a diverse range of settings with its partners in the NPA Region, making expertise accessible, inclusive and sustainable to enterprises in dispersed communities.
This project has relevance to all business sectors, but particularly to processing/refinement of natural resources. BizMentors, by providing and sharing expertise about low cost, structured business mentoring will equip individuals & businesses with the supports, skills, networks & confidence to take advantage of the unique natural capital and innovation capacity that remains untapped in the NPA.
Through innovations and shared learning, this project will enhance, extend and validate the existing model across partner regions and sectors.
BizMentors will provide a new solution as it will provide free mentoring and support to start-ups and existing SMEs who have difficulty accessing expertise. BizMentors will inform decision makers seeking to implement effective, low cost and sustainable mentoring solutions through mainstream programmes across the NPA and beyond.

Project activities will include:
• Piloting of a business mentoring programme - focusing on a specific business sector (processing/refinement of natural resources) in the partner countries.
• A mentoring model will be developed will suit each region participating in the project, and ensure its transferability to other business sectors, and other countries (not just in the NPA region).
• An interactive, accessible, inclusive platform for all businesses will be developed, which will compliment and supplement existing mentoring support offerings.
• To support this, a transnational best practice business model handbook will be developed that can be used to address challenges in different countries.

Project Partners:
• Western Development Commission (IE)
• SCCUL Enterprises CLG (IE)
• Fermanagh & Omagh District Council (NI)
• Savonia University of Applied Sciences (FI)
• Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IS)



PartnersProject Partners:
• Western Development Commission (IE)
• SCCUL Enterprises CLG (IE)
• Fermanagh & Omagh District Council (NI)
• Savonia University of Applied Sciences (FI)
• Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IS)
Funded byNorthern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020

Savonia UAS

Savonia is one of Finland's biggest and most versatile universities of applied sciences. Our campuses are situated in Kuopio, Iisalmi and Varkaus. There are almost 6000 students and 600 employees at Savonia. In education we implement Open Innovation Space (OIS), where we combine learning, development, research, and teaching.

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