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Mentor and mentee attitudes in mentoring for entrepreneurs with foreign background
Almi företagspartner.
Örebro University, Swedish Business School at Örebro University. (PrIME RESEARCH)
2011 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A national governmental mentoring programme for entrepreneurs with a foreign background from 56 different countries was launched in Sweden in 2009. The purpose is the follow-up of mentor and mentee attitudes to participation in this programme. Data is based on extensive nationwide telephone interviews with participating mentors and mentees. Additional in-depth interviews were made to gain a better understanding.


Overall, we found very positive attitudes indicating that the programme’s main content and structure is well adapted to the present situation. The results indicate that mentoring can be used to a much greater extent than was previously considered possible. However, improvements are needed in certain areas, for example in the area of motivation and commitment, there is still much to be done to achieve optimal results. Hopefully, our results may stimulate colleagues in other countries to create similar successful programmes to facilitate entrepreneurship among immigrants.

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Keyword [en]
mentor, mentoring, mentee, adept, protégé, start-up, new starter, entrepreneur, immigrants, mentoring programme, enterprise, entrepreneurship theory, foreign background, ethnic minority, entrepreneurship among immigrants.
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-24358OAI: diva2:543918
International Council for Small Business World Conference
Available from: 2012-08-15 Created: 2012-08-10 Last updated: 2012-12-04Bibliographically approved

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