Train the Mentor Tunisia – 2017

The pilot for Train the Mentor (TTM) programme was launched by enpact e.V. and GIZ Tunisie in 2017 with the goal of enabling established Tunisian entrepreneurs to pass on their knowledge and experience to the next generation of startups.

In the three-month programme executed from October to December 2017, this goal was implemented  through 4 four-hour workshop sessions, which aimed to provide a profound understanding of ‘mentorship’ – what it means to be a mentor – as opposed to coaching or consultancy, as well as providing the necessary tools to profess it. Thus, a hybrid theoretical and practical learning experience was created for TTM.

The workshops were divided in the following four sessions (three core mentoring sessions and a guest lecture on ecosystem enabling):

  • What is a mentor? Facilitated by Matthias Treutwein, co-founder and co-CEO of enpact e.V.
  • Guest Lecture: How to become an ecosystem enabler. Facilitated by Christoph Räthke, founder of the Berlin Startup Academy and Managing director of education at GTEC, the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center.
  • What does a mentor need? Facilitated by Nathalie Roy, regional manager for East Africa at enpact e.V.
  • Being a mentor; performance and benefits. Facilitated by Stefan Godskesen, director of Startup Mentoring at enpact e.V.

By using group discussions and teamwork as well as individual exercises as tools, these workshops were truly interactive and made use of the entrepreneurs’ experience and input to create a comprehensive and collective understanding of the topics covered. Participants were asked to break into groups or pairs for brainstorming, exercises, and mentoring simulations, in which the participants traded places in being a mentor, a mentee, and an observer, discussing what they had learned and experienced over the course of the last months.

At the end of the workshop series, those participants that attended at least three out of four workshops received a Train the Mentor participation certificate, which 23 out of 25 participants were able to receive. This is an incredibly high continuation rate, with only 2 people in the group of participants attending less than 3 workshops. The high valuation of the workshops that this commitment to the programme shows is also evident from the feedback forms that were completed by the participants. The participants all ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ that the workshops would benefit their future mentoring ambitions, and the content of the workshops was never rated lower than the ‘neutral’ option.

The group of Train the Mentor ‘graduates’ was made up of fifteen male participants, and eight female participants. While most participants originated from the Tunis Governorate, there were also participants from in Sousse, Nebeul, Monastir, Zaghouen, and Sidi Bouzid.