If you are starting a new venture, guidance and encouragement from a mentor is key.
The mentoring Programme offers new start ups support to establish if their business ideas are viable. The Mentoring Programme offers mentoring support; and financial assistance to those who need it.
It enables contact with a potential sector specific mentor, offers up to £1500 for the business (through Proof of Concept), offers up to £1000 to the mentor; and enables you to develop your businesses whilst also building your confidence and skills.
There are no strict criteria limits is terms of what the funding is for, but as a guide it could be marketing, product design, prototyping, market analysis, sector specific business support, commissioning business sector reports or a whole host of other activities that will enable the development of the business or idea.