Volunteer-run 360 mentorship program to support community start-ups

Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a g peer-to-peer entrepreneur network of 16,500+ business leaders across 60 countries, has launched a volunteer-based 360 mentorship program to support the growth of local community start-ups.

To be conducted in partnership with Melbourne’s North Food Group, mentees of the 360 Mentorship Pilot Program will receive free mentoring from members of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, with mentors’ businesses each turning over a minimum of US$ 1 million, providing an invaluable opportunity to learn from Australia’s leading community of entrepreneurs.

The program will be initially launched in Melbourne, with plans to roll it out across the country next year through EO’s independent chapters operating in Vic, NSW, Qld, SA and WA.

The 360 Mentorship Program has been running for years and is named for its intention of completing the circle of providing mentorship to early-stage entrepreneurs, giving them the needed support to grow and flourish.

“Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s 360 Mentorship Pilot Program is our way of giving back and uplifting other small-business owners in our local community,” Costa Vasili, founder and CEO of Ethnolink, a national language translation services provider, said.

“As a program mentor, I’ve been working with Ben Circosta on his traditional Italian chilli business, Bippi. It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience to give back to the community, particularly as both of our business ideas were inspired by our migrant backgrounds.”

Mentee Ben Circosta, replied that it had been “an amazing experience to learn from a successful entrepreneur such as Costa”, saying that the experience meant that he has immediately been able to improve not just business processes but also personally, as a business owner.

The pilot program will run for 12 months and there will be monthly catch-ups so mentors and mentees can keep each other updated on their progress in the program.