The ‘Mentorpreneurship’ programme is the first university run initiative of its kind to engage past, current and future student entrepreneurs in a ‘life-cycle’ of mentoring. In partnership with OakNorth, founded by LSE alumni Rishi Khosla and Joel Perlman, the programme will support the development of socially conscious businesses and inspire entrepreneurial thinking, by focusing on the fundamental role of mentorship and empowering people to connect with each other, network, and build mentoring relationships via our specially created website and app.
With the overarching ambition of encouraging entrepreneurship as a meaningful path to drive local change and create enduring communities of impact, we've created an amazing programme of online and offline activity including mentor bootcamps, founders' retreats, keynotes and pitching practices, alongside a series of podcasts and audiobooks to connect entrepreneurs with mentors locally and internationally.
Check out more details here and join us as we break new ground in developing game-changing entrepreneurs.
Join LSE Generate as mentor and be part of a new way of learning, as we match mentors and mentees from all walks of life, across the globe, to share experiences that help foster innovation.
Remember when you were starting out on your entrepreneurial journey and you really wanted that trusted, 1:1 support? You hoped for someone, not a family member, a friend or Professor, but a true specialist with lived experience to help guide your next move, support those big business decisions, and overcome challenges thrown your way. Now is the time for you to be that person for someone else.
We’re creating a movement; a movement of people who believe in positive change at a time when the world needs it the most. We’re still holding seminars, we are holding workshops, and we’ve got bucket-loads of ground-breaking talks, but we are doing them differently. We are interactive, we are participatory, we are iterative. We are Mentorpreneurial.
How does it work?
LSE Generate Accelerator Programme (GAP) is a 12-week part-time accelerator programme dedicated to the most promising early-stage startups co-founded by LSE students, staff, and alumni. Every year, we choose ten commercially viable startups that exhibit potential in attaining at least one of the UNSDGs through entrepreneurial activities to help them accelerate their growth.
The three key elements of the accelerator are: Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiR), Experts and Mentors. Our experienced EiRs will work with the startups on a weekly basis. We will also bring in experts in their respective fields to share their knowledge through workshops for the cohort and 1:1s with each team to offer tailored support. And finally, we will connect the startups to our mentor network of LSE alumni with relevant (industry) expertise.
LSE Generate’s International Chapters educate, connect and inspire our international community of entrepreneurs by developing initiatives that provide support at each stage of the entrepreneurial journey. Our year round programme provides access to investors, mentoring opportunities, pitch practise, initiatives for Female Founders and much more.
In conjunction with directly supporting students and alumni, LSE Generate adds value to international entrepreneurial ecosystems by identifying partnership opportunities as an entrepreneurship education content provider.
We run the LSE Generate funding competition twice a year, during the Michaelmas and Lent terms. Each competition has 3 to 5 winners, who will each take home a share of £20,000 to spend on their ventures. We welcome applications from the UK and overseas from both current LSE students and alumni graduates.
Through a series of mentor-led interactive live and online bootcamps and workshops, accompanied with toolkits, podcasts, and audio series, we inspire the future generation of entrepreneurs and equip them with the skills they need for whatever walk of life they choose. Launched in 2021 with the Girls Day School Trust across 12 UK schools, the Mentorpreneurship Schools Programme is going from strength to strength and starting a movement that is rapidly gaining momentum.
ElleSE is LSE Generate’s pioneering programme aimed at women entrepreneurs who are creating global impact businesses across the world. The initiative is delivered by a range of retreats, events and bootcamps to support early-stage women innovators build and scally socially-driven businesses that contribute to the betterment of society.
Founderships are educational innovation grants, designed to help provide financial security for LSE entrepreneurs as they build their business. The Founderships offer up to seven months of (equity-free) funding and a tailored advisory package, aiming to provide students with enough capital and an adequate support structure to spend a dedicated amount of time creating an enterprise that is well on the way to being investor-ready.
If you have no preference, you can support any of programmes listed above.
This will be with a member of Team Generate.
The Generate team will identify an appropriate mentee for you
You are ready to go as an LSE Generate mentor!
By joining LSE Generate’s Mentorpreneurship Programme as a mentor you’re joining a movement of entrepreneurs committed to supporting LSE’s change makers.
Once you’ve begun you’re mentoring journey, we’ll keep in touch with you to see how you’re mentor / mentee relationship is developing. If all is rosie and well, keep on doing what you’re doing. If you’ve hit a bump in the road, we’re here to support you through it.
- A commitment to a minimum of five mentor / mentee engagements over the academic year from September to June
- Agreement to share feedback on your experience
- Agreement to the LSE Generate EDI code of conduct
What’s in it for me?
Other than embarking on a life enhancing initiative?! Lots more:
- Access to our Mentorship Certification
- Tailored mentoring resources dedicated to entrepreneurship
- Digital mentor / mentee match making
- A digital community of LSE’s best innovators
- 1:1 support from the Generate team