Last year we introduced a mentoring programme for students who applied to the competition to help them develop their business ideas and assist them with their career development.

Based on the success of last year, the 2019 competition will have up to 32 mentorship opportunities for students who apply to the competition.

Last year all 9 finalists were offered mentoring for their business ideas and in partnership with C40's Women4Climate initiative, 10 female applicants who did not make the final were offered career mentoring to help them in their next steps. The students were matched with mentors from a number of corporates including our sponsor Citi, L’Oreal, ELLE UK, Bloomberg, Transport for London, Gemserv, the London Waste and Recycling Board and even the Deputy Mayor for Environment & Energy, Shirley Rodrigues.

Lili Dreyer from Brunel University, who was chosen as one of the 10 women mentees, has just been selected by C40 for a fully funded ticket to attend their Women4Climate conference in February in Paris. She said "I am very honoured to have been chosen, and am truly excited to use this opportunity as inspiration and guidance in terms of my career within sustainability".

The 2019 the mentoring programme has been expanded to include the 12 finalists as well as 20 other applicants. In order to be eligible for one of these places you need to put an application in for the Mayor's Entrepreneur by midnight on 17 February 2019.

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