Entrepreneurial mentoring can support business growth, reduce business failure rates and increase the likelihood of people becoming entrepreneurs.

This paper looks at the experience of mentoring of The Inner City 100 entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs have fast-growth businesses from a range of sectors and continue to experience the challenges of growing a business. The views of The Inner City 100 entrepreneurs are relevant because they offer insights into the challenges of growing businesses, and their continued support needs.

This paper addresses the following questions:

  • What does entrepreneurial mentoring look like in the UK?
  • What insights do The Inner City 100 entrepreneurs provide into the current provision and take-up of entrepreneurial mentoring?
  • Drawing on this experience, how can the benefits of mentoring be enhanced and broadened?