Who can nominate:
- Mentors can nominate themselves and other mentors
- Entrepreneurs (mentees)
- Organizations with an entrepreneurial mentoring program
The nominee must, as of January 1, 2016:
- Be a living Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
- Have mentored entrepreneurs from two or more Canadian businesses that have shown demonstrable growth in revenue, employees or sales during the time of the mentorship;
- Have been involved in a minimum of two mentoring relationships lasting at least one year each;
- Volunteer their time as mentor (through an organizational mentoring initiative or by an oral or written agreement with an entrepreneur); and
- Not have a financial interest or stand to make a financial gain from the entrepreneur’s business.
- Is not a current employee or board member of Futurpreneur Canada or the BDC.
- Demonstration of business impact or growth (for example, but not limited to: revenue, number of employees, sales, etc.);
- Demonstration that the mentor contributed to measureable success (for example, but not limited to: increased confidence, financial literacy, time management skills, etc.);
- Validation of the mentor’s contribution by references/entrepreneurs-mentees*; and
- Demonstration that the mentor builds awareness and value of mentorship in their community.
*This information is captured through an online application, reference check and a phone or online interview at the finalist stage held in April.