Business Mentoring Services

The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) South Dublin offers a business mentoring service to those setting up or already established in business.

The Mentoring Service was established to help young or growing eligible companies improve their chances of survival and growth. Occasionally, developing or start up businesses encounter a specific problem or want to undertake a specific project that requires skills beyond the normal range of the Owner/Manager. Our panel of ‘Mentors’ are all experienced business executives and consultants who are skilled in working with the owner/manager to specify the problem, identify solutions and implement them.

The Mentor's Role:

The Mentor's role is to listen, counsel and facilitate the business owner / manager in developing their own business skills and capacities.

The Service:

Applications for mentor support are considered in a similar manner to funding applications. Due to budgetary restrictions, priority is given to businesses with potential for growth which demonstrate a clear need for the service and which are not receiving assistance under other business programmes. In the case of pre enterprise / start ups, preference will be given to promoters with access to sufficient personal assets (in combination with public funding and/or private sector borrowing) to cover the cost of starting a business capable of providing a realistic wage to at least one employee in the short term.

Please note that a modest mentoring fee of €10/hour (Pre Enterprise) or €20/hour ( other) applies to this service and is payable directly to Local Enterprise Office South Dublin. This fee is payable before the assignment commences.

Delivery

Interested clients should in the first instance complete the Mentoring Application Form and either email, fax or post to the Local Enterprise Office South Dublin. Click here to download a Mentoring Application Form

If approved, an officer of the LEO South Dublin  will carry out a short assessment of the business in order to identify the most effective approach to the assignment and will then recommend an assignment of specific duration with a suitable mentor. The promoter will be advised of the hourly duration of the assignment and directed  to the appropriate area of our website to access the Mentoring Shopping Cart.  Once payment has been received, an offer of mentoring will be made to the client and the assignment can commence. The resulting agreed tailored service is delivered at a time and place suited to the client. Progress is monitored by an officer of the LEO South Dublin by way of regular mentor reports and optional client contact. Special workshops or networking sessions may also be arranged if required.

For further details or to discuss your application, please contact Donal O'Connell doconnell@sdublincoco.ie

Mentor Clinics

One to one short (1 hour) mentor clinics are also offered to enable you discuss your business with an experienced mentor. These are held on a twice weekly basis in the offices of South Dublin LEO. To book an appointment, please phone reception at 01 4149000.

Innovation Test Bed

The Innovation Test Bed is a partnership between Local Enterprise Office South Dublin and the largest public sector purchasing organisations in the County. These organisations have agreed to make their knowledge as purchasers and users available to Local Enterprise Office South Dublin clients.

If you have a well developed product or service that you plan to bring to market or an idea for a product / service, you can “try out” your ideas with help for our innovation partners. South Dublin County Council is the first partner for the scheme and other partners representing health, education & local development will soon follow.

How does it work?

Make an application to South Dublin Local Enterprise Office.  The LEO South Dublin will distribute the application to the Innovation partners where senior staff members will consult the relevant personnel to seek ways in which they can assist the client 

Download Innovation Test Bed Brochure

 

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