Keren-Shemesh exists thanks to a large and dedicated group of mentors, who devote their time and experience in guiding young entrepreneurs throughout Israel. Coming from different industries and varied careers, our mentors all share the knowledge and experience accumulated throughout their professional lives to provide young people with truly essential support in launching their own businesses.
We find that the tools, encouragement, and support entrepreneurs receive go far beyond this period, and are carried with them throughout their lives. Indeed, through their work with their mentors, our entrepreneurs form their business perspectives, each one uniquely individual.
We carefully and individually match mentors and entrepreneurs, to enable the most effective transfer of knowledge, a higher business success rate, and a generally rewarding relationship.
The program spans up to two years, for four hours a month – a collective dedication of time valued at over $1 million annually.
Become a Mentor
If you are a businessperson or experienced professional, if you possess sharp business perspective, good interpersonal communication, and a desire to contribute your experience and knowledge to a young person in the beginning of his or her path, we would be glad to have you join the ranks of our mentors.
The mentor-entrepreneur relationship runs for up to two years, at least four hours a month. Before beginning their individual work with entrepreneurs our mentors are provided with a one time training session, a mentor guidebook and the Keren-Shemesh ethical code. Through a thoughtful evaluation and matching process, we are able to inititate productive relationships that are rewarding for both mentors and entrepreneurs.
We offer our entreprenerus and our mentors a variety of support services to help them make the most of the mentoring relationship. Specialist mentors, subsidized consultants, workshops, enrichment events, written and interactive media content and the personal availability of the Keren-Shemesh staff all complement the mentoring service.
We are in touch with our mentors at least once a month through our Mentor Relationship Managers, who monitor the entpreneur’s progress and serve as a liason between the mentor and the organization. In addition, the mentors receive newletters on a regular basis, and are members of a closed Linkedin group .
Mentors are invited to take part in a variety of activities within the Keren-Shemesh community, including networking meetings, conferences, professional and personal enrichment sessions, field tours featuring Keren-Shemesh young businesses, and more.