The National Mentorship Movement (NMM) arose from a forum of prominent business people who came together in 2015 to discuss how business could assist to address South Africa’s massive unemployment problem and our poor entrepreneurial health.
It noted the massive impact that mentorship can make in people’s lives – international research shows mentorship works by the power of two: compared to people without mentorship, people mentored are roughly double as likely to enrol in university, hold leadership positions, be involved in the community, increase the revenues and people employed in their businesses, and survive in their business longer than five years.
Accordingly, the forum mandated a team to introduce mentorship at scale to support entrepreneurs and others throughout the economy creating confident and successful individuals resulting in economic growth and social cohesion.
We carried out successful pilot and proof of concept phases from December 2016 to February 2018, and are now in a position to scale. With the numbers of mentors already signed up and the relationships already formed since the end of our proof of concept phase, we are confident that we will mobilise 100 000 active mentors and impact on 1 million lives in the next three years.