Mentors & Specialist Advisors
Keen to play your part as a KEDA Mentor or Specialist Advisor?
A vibrant Kapiti economy benefits all. The bigger and stronger our local economy becomes, the more we will all individually benefit. We need regrowth, reinvigoration and sustainability. We want an environment that encourages innovation and provides opportunities for young, energetic entrepreneurs to come through with their ideas. Importantly, KEDA offers an opportunity for successful businesses to give back to the community that has served them so well; to mentor entrepreneurs so that they may benefit from our business community just as those before them did.
KEDA has assembled a team of highly experienced and motivated business mentors and specialist advisers, keen to see the Kapiti community grow and thrive.
Become a KEDA Mentor
KEDA mentors are people who have achieved business success and are keen to give back to the Kapiti business community by supporting start-ups and up-and-coming businesses.
Our current team come from a variety of business backgrounds and offer many insights, but we are now looking to expand the team further.
What does being a Mentor involve?
Our mentors help businesses with development of their ideas, strategies, and the preparation of a robust business plan to guide their journey and encourage investment. Mentoring is offered free of charge for up to three months to KEDA members who register a project with us. Mentors are required to meet with mentees at mutually agreed times and to provide reports to the mentor co-ordinator.
KEDA mentors are supported by our specialist advisers – professionals who provide pro bono specific input to a key area of a business, such as accounting and finance, marketing, HR, IT infrastructure and business compliance.
Become a KEDA Specialist Advisor
KEDA is building a team of professionals who provide pro bono specific input to support mentors and mentees in key areas. We are looking for people who are willing to offer a limited amount of time in areas such as but not limited to:
- Accounting and Finance
- Human Resources
- Social Media
- Information Technology and Infrastructure
- Website Development
- Business Compliance
- Business Planning
- Health and Safety
- Capital Raising
What does being a Specialist Advisor involve?
As a specialist adviser you will agree with a Mentor or mentee an initial amount of time during which pro bono advice will be offered in a specific area. Mentees may choose to pay for additional services beyond the pro bono services by mutual agreement.
Mentees are typically introduced to a specialist advisor via their mentor. Mentors may also request specific assistance from a specialist adviser in order to be able to support mentees.
Ready to Apply?
If you are interested in joining the KEDA team of mentors and specialist advisers, register your application and complete our Skills Matrix. To become a KEDA mentor or specialist adviser you will need to be a member first. You can sign up here.
We will access your profile and get in touch with the next steps upon receiving your completed application form.
Have some Questions?
If you have questions about becoming a KEDA mentor or specialist adviser, please get in touch via our Contact Page.