Donncha is a mentor with Enterprise Ireland, LEO (Local Enterprise Office) Galway, LEO Mayo and BizMentors.

Donncha has been engaged as a mentor with startups and SMEs operating in a wide variety of market sectors to include: food, Internet of Things, Software, eLearning, consumer electronics, construction, professional services, consumer services and B2B products (and many more).

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I have had the privilege of having Donncha as a New Frontiers and Enterprise Ireland mentor. Donncha has a broad range of skills which helped support and advise our business from early product-market fit stage right on to delivering our product into the hands of customers. I highly recommend Donncha as he brought incredible insight, intuition and experience and delivered this in such a practical way it was hugely beneficial!

Glenda Hahn, Hygiene Audits

Role of a Business Mentor

The job of the Mentor is to share wisdom gained from experience and learning. The mentor’s principal function is to listen and to ask questions. 

Mentors help the mentees to explore their goals and ideas for the future and to help them realistically appraise their current situation. As plans develop the role is to challenge and support the execution of the client’s plans and to assist them to keep track of their objectives.

Mentors are not encouraged to solve the problems for the client, rather to help clients develop the capability to solve their own problems.

Mentors do not carry out the work on behalf of the client but can be a source of guidance and advice for them. The mentor may offer advice and opinion, but the mentor is not a consultant. Responsibility for decision-making rests solely with the client.

Source: Clare CEB Tender Request Document 2012

ENTERPRISE AGENCY MENTORING

The enterprise agencies use a tender process to engage a panel of mentors who can be assigned to their clients. So the first step is to ask your Local Enterprise Office or Enterprise Ireland if you can be given some mentoring hours – the agency pays the mentor directly so there is no cost to the mentee. Donncha is a member of the LEO Galway, LEO Galway, Udaras and Enterprise Ireland panels. In 2020 and 2021, all mentoring is delivered online via Zoom.

BIZMENTORS – PRO BONO MENTORING GALWAY

Donncha is a mentor with Bizmentors a Galway based programme that provides pro bono mentoring to startups, social enterprises and small business owners – there is a growing list of mentors who provide their time and expertise at no charge as they want to give back!


Networking with Bizmentors -Kevin Newell Prevos Solutions - May 2016
Donncha is Advisory Board Member with Bizmentors – Networking with Kevin Newell, Prevos Solutions (May 2016)

PRIVATE MENTORING

Donncha is happy to facilitate private mentoring – but do check out mentoring provided by your local enterprise agency and/or Bizmentors first.

My fee is €100 per hour including VAT @ 23%. For 2021 (and beginning 2022), the session will be via Zoom. Book a session using my online calendar and then pay using PayPal – see button below to buy one 60 sixty-minute session. You can also buy a 90-minute session from the drop-down menu. After you click on the PayPal button you can select the number of sessions. I will confirm the meeting time(s) when payment is received. If you wish to send an email with details of what you want to discuss – see possible topic below – during the mentor session please feel free to do so.

STEP 1 – Book your Time via Online Calendar

Step 2 – Pay via PayPal

How many sessions/ hours required

Possible mentoring topics

  • Business Plan
  • Financial projections
  • Pricing, costs & margins
  • Business Development
  • Partnerships
  • Routes to Market
  • Markteting
  • Website
  • SEO
  • Social Media
  • Investment
  • Grants
  • Loans & other financing
  • Staffing
  • Crowdfunding
  • R&D, new product development and innovation vouchers
  • Feasibility studies
  • Tenders
  • Market Research

As you can see, mentoring can address a range of topics. The objective is to discuss the topics so that you can make decisions for your business. A range of tools and resources can be used to facilitate that process

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