Take your mentoring to the next level with this exclusive training programme

Stand out from the crowd with TPC’s mentoring accreditation

Practise pro-bono mentoring with real-life startups and founders

Learn from scaleup experts, mentors and founders

Join a diverse, collegiate brain trust of fellow mentors

Get matched for paid work as part of our exclusive mentor talent pool

About the mentorship programme

There are 62,000 well-funded startups (Seed to Series B) in the world and we’re on a mission to support each and every one of them. According to Forbes, mentored startups grow 3.5x faster and raise 7x more moneyHowever, for founders and their teams, finding a good mentor is really hard. That’s where this programme comes in. 

We help experienced members of our community stand out from the crowd and maximise their earnings from mentoring, by giving them the knowledge, skills, network, accreditation and ongoing support to become the most effective scaleup mentors possible. For a one-off fee of £2,000 we’ll provide you with everything you need to succeed, then help you land paid mentoring roles on completion of the programme. What more could you ask for?



The next cohort will onboard during summer 2023, before beginning this autumn. We’ll be updating this page with exact dates shortly. 

You can expect to spend eight hours per week over the seven modules, to cover up to two live 90 minute sessions (fixed times) per week, plus homework and hands-on mentoring practice (flexible with your schedule).

There are three reasons why the Mentorship programme is worth the price – 1) the content is full of important insights about how to help scaleups, 2) the cohort is full of smart, supportive experts with amazingly diverse experiences, and 3) the learning format is really practical, so you learn loads in every module.

Sara Gori

Sara Gori

Cohort One enrolee

Programme outline


Once onboarded

Starting from within, we begin the programme onboarding with an MBTI assessment and 1:1 feedback session with our MBTI accredited practitioner, plus time for reflection on how you would like to develop your mentoring.


Emotional Intelligence

Continuing on from your own MBTI assessment, our first module will give you the skills to build on your emotional intelligence, enabling you to better understand your mentees and how you will work together.


Working with founders

We’ll give you the tools you need to think like a founder, to step into your mentee’s shoes, as well as to better define the success factors for young, ambitious companies.



From fundraising to cash flow, growth assumptions to stock options, finance is often top of mind for founders: so we’ll teach you the financial fundamentals to help them succeed.


Enabling growth

Growth is critical for any founder. In this module we’ll explore how to turn ideas into successful actions, using practical approaches to strategy, planning, go-to-market, hiring, execution and results.



This module will give you the tools you need to enable founders to become better leaders, motivators and inspirations within their organisations.



We'll give you tips and tricks to add the most value and offer the optimum support to your mentees, who’ll need lots of help prioritising, brainstorming, making decisions and following through.


Leveraging the TPC community

Supporting scaleups takes expertise on finance, strategy, talent, product, technology, organisation, growth and more. We help you leverage TPC's 8,000 diverse experts - to tackle all of your mentee's biggest challenges.


After successful completion of the training programme, along with the various assignments, assessments and case studies, you'll become an official TPC accredited mentor. We believe this is the highest standard for mentors in the startup and scaleup world. 


Once you are accredited, we’ll list you on this page. We actively promote our accredited mentors to founders and investors. Our goal is to help you find paid mentoring work within weeks of accreditation, then support you in providing awesome service. Mentoring often leads to board roles too.

On top of all that:

Learn from amazing peers in your cohort

Group training throughout, so you can learn from each others experiences

Fascinating, high powered networking

Become part of the fast paced startup ecosystem inner circle

Overcome imposter syndrome for good

Leverage our 8,000 community experts to tackle any problem with confidence

I feel that the course has already paid for itself just through the smart, diverse, experienced network I've built in such a short period of time.

Tariq el Haj Omar

Tariq el Haj Omar

Cohort One enrolee

Requirements for the programme

This programme is designed for those who aspire to becoming world class mentors and thought leaders in the startup and scaleup ecosystem.

If selected, this training programme costs £2,000, and will include everything from accreditation, to pro-bono and paid opportunities, focused learning and purpose-built events.

Are you looking to be mentored?

Are you a founder or startup/scaleup leader trying to change the world with limited resources and too many complex decisions to make? Let's help you find the perfect mentor for your needs and your budget!

Our experts

Each module is taught by experts with years of experience in their chosen field.

The application process


Fill out this registration form

We will then send you an application form to complete in your own time.

The next cohort will likely start in September 2023 - precise dates to be announced soon.


Wait to hear back from us

We’ll review each application and notify you of the outcome



If your application is successful, you'll be invited to complete your enrolment.

Registration form


The application process

Do I need to have mentoring experience to be accepted onto the programme?

Not necessarily. The programme is aimed at those who have senior leadership experience - i.e. those who have worked within C-suite roles and helped other leaders to succeed - as a line manager, mentor, board member or consultant. You now want to become a world class mentor. 

Do I need to have scaleup experience to be accepted onto the programme?

Ideally, yes. Our emphasis for the programme is on start-ups and scale-ups. There is of course a demand for mentors of all business sizes, and many of the skills learnt will be transferable, but our focus and the ecosystem in which The Portfolio Collective mainly operates is focused on startups and scaleups. Operating experience within a nimble mid-sized business unit is also helpful.

If I’m not successful this time around, can I reapply in the future?

Reapplying for the programme will be dependent on the feedback you receive if your application is not successful this time around. For example, if we suggest you need further experience, and you have since increased your experience and can demonstrate this, then we’d be delighted for you to reapply to a future cohort.

If I can’t join this time around because of a date clash, when will you be next running the programme?

The next cohort will begin in the Autumn. If you would like to register your interest in advance, please complete the register your interest form and we will contact you when booking re-opens. 

Payments & cancellations

When do I have to pay for the programme?

If selected, you will be contacted with a further application form, contractual documentation and the payment details.

When do I have to pay for the programme?

If selected, you will be contacted with a further application form, contractual documentation and the payment details.

Do you offer staggered payments?

Unfortunately not. Payment for the programme is due up front – we'll let you know official dates as soon as our next cohort plans are finalised. 

Once I’ve started, if I decide this isn’t for me, can I get a refund?

The financial commitment is made at the beginning of the programme, and we cannot offer refunds unless in exceptional circumstances. If you are unsure at any time, please do contact Fiona and Ben via [email protected] so we can discuss how best to support you through the programme.

Do you offer a discount to investors in The Portfolio Collective?

Sadly no, but we have seen several of our investors join us on the programme already, and we’d love to support more of our advocates to develop with this training.

Commitment to the programme

When are the modules going to be run?

We're working on finalising dates for our next cohort which will be kicking off this Autumn. We'll update these FAQs as soon as we have more information. 

What other commitments will I be expected to make when joining the programme?

We’ve also outlined the commitments from you as a mentor, and from The Portfolio Collective, here in our terms and conditions. During the final stages of the application process, you will also be asked to sign a commitment statement to ensure all parties are in agreement.


Why do you use MBTI as an assessment tool?

The MBTI® assessment is a global psychometric tool taken by around 2 million people every year. The tool helps leaders create understanding of differences. By developing a clearer sense of self-awareness and awareness of others, you’re able to better frame decisions, reduce miscommunication, and understand personal needs more effectively. And that’s a great skill to have!

Do I need to know my MBTI type before signing up?

No, although it’s absolutely fine if you have done an MBTI assessment before. On completion of your application, you will be sent a link to complete an MBTI assessment and then you will be asked to book a 1:1 feedback session with our MBTI accredited practitioner before the course begins.

I have done my MBTI previously, do I need to do another?

Yes. We take the MBTI assessment a step further with the 1:1 feedback session with our MBTI accredited practitioner. This feedback session is uniquely aligned to the mentorship programme and creates a foundation and framework for the first module on emotional intelligence, and beyond.  

How will we communicate with one another during the programme?

We will provide you with access to our Slack workspace, specifically for the Mentorship Programme. This will allow you to connect and communicate with the wider TPC team as well as your fellow mentor, as soon as your application is complete.

During the programme

What does the training consist of?

You can expect to spend eight hours per week over the seven modules, to cover up to two live 90 minute sessions (fixed times) per week, plus homework and hands-on mentoring practice (flexible with your schedule).

What if I have to miss a session?

100% attendance is expected to ensure you get the most from the programme, but we understand that there may be extenuating circumstances. Once enrolled, if you do have difficulties attending any sessions, please contact Fiona or Ben ASAP to discuss via the Slack workspace.

Are the module sessions recorded?

We plan to record most module sessions for training purposes; however this will be dependent on the preferences of the expert mentor presenting and will be on request only.

Who do I talk to if I get stuck?

Please contact Fiona and Ben via the Slack workspace should you get stuck at any point - they and the team will be here to support you throughout the programme.

Pro-bono mentoring

How will I be matched to mentees during the programme?

Once selected, and having completed your application, we will then match you with an appropriate mentee based on industry experience, functional skills, personal style and any other factors that may matter to them.

What kind of mentees will I get the chance to work with?

We have open application processes for mentees to access pro-bono mentoring and in the last cohort we saw applications from companies including Oxwash, Grantify, Sixley, Barefoot Learning, Turner Capital Group and more. The matching process is based on your industry experience, functional skills, personal style and any other factors that may matter to them.

How many hours are expected to be given pro-bono?

A minimum of 4 hours mentoring over the course of the programme, as agreed with your mentee.

What happens if a mentee drops out?

The mentees have agreed to advise us of any changes required, and we will reassign you to another mentee if this occurs.

I’d like to be a mentee not a mentor - how can I get involved?

We have options for pro-bono mentoring (minimum of four hours over four weeks specific to the cohort timetable), and paid matched mentoring (for an agreed period and rate during the matching process). You can find out more about both options by clicking on the relevant link above.


What is involved with passing the accreditation?

There are five pillars to the accreditation process:

  • Each module has an assignment which must be passed to continue to the next part of the programme
  • Observed pro-bono mentoring of a mentee, plus feedback from the mentee
  • Presentation of a written case study
  • 360 feedback from your peers, mentee and the TPC team
  • Full participation in the programme

Passing is contingent on all of the above being met, which is further detailed in the programme Terms & Conditions

What will the case study presentation consist of, and when will I need to give it?

The written case study and presentation is your final assessment on the programme. The presentation will last 10 minutes, with a further 10 minutes of feedback and will take place in the last week of the course. The expectations of this assignment will be explained further in module 2 before you are introduced to your mentee.

Is the accreditation publicly certified?

Not yet, but we are working to ensure that this will be in the future.

Matched mentoring

How will I be matched to mentees?

This works similarly to the pro-bono matching; based on industry experience, functional skills, personal style and any other factors that may matter to the prospective mentee.

Can you guarantee me income from the matched mentoring?

Unfortunately not. However, we can guarantee that we will be promoting this pool of accredited mentors to VCs and their founders globally, so we expect meaningful volume and will endeavour to ensure that all TPC accredited mentors win paid work.

What kind of mentees will I get the chance to work with?

For matches for paid mentoring work, we have talent partnerships in place, or under negotiation, with GALLOS, Noba Capital, Mayfair Equity Partners, Northzone, Rianta Capital, Eight Roads Ventures, Deeptech VC and Gemcorp Private Equity. We'll be pitching to more throughout 2023. The matching process is based on your industry experience, functional skills, personal style and any other factors that may matter to them.

How are you building the pipeline of prospective mentees?

We promote our pool of accredited mentors here, along with proactive outreach to, and partnerships with, various VCs and their founders globally. We will endeavour to ensure that all TPC accredited mentors win paid work.  

What happens if I don’t get on with the mentee I’m matched with?

Open communication is a big part of this programme, and we will support you in the matching processes both inside the programme and beyond. If this occurs, please do let us know and we will work with you and with the mentee to ensure this is a successful relationship for all involved.

What opportunities are there to continue development after the programme?

Once you’ve completed the course, you will then become part of our exclusive mentor talent pool – and go onto be a part of the mastermind network of fellow mentors. Having connected with us and your fellow cohort mentors, you’ll continue these relationships driven via TPC’s platform and Slack workspace. The prospective opportunities will not only come from our network, but will be driven by the skills and techniques learnt on the programme so that you can leverage the available opportunities.

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