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Mentoring as support for women's entrepreneurship - main institutions

In addition to training, mentoring is another way to support women in the start-up phase. It is an excellent tool for women who are starting or have a consolidated business but want to improve their results and optimize their management. A mentor has a broader view of a business based on their experience and knowledge gained over time. He can therefore bring great added value and play the role of a partner, guiding them towards success.

In addition to teaching new things, the mentor is a source of inspiration that can be a great motivator. It is the junction of knowledge and practice that leads to evolution. It should be noted that a mentor does not necessarily need to be older, as the concept of experience has more to do with what one has been through than with time itself. It is therefore common for mentors to be younger than their students.

In Cape Verde, the tutoring and follow-up service is also provided by the microcredit organizations already mentioned in the page on microfinance and financial knowledge, which accompany their beneficiaries in the management process. This follow-up is done through training, visits or at the request of the beneficiaries.

- A MES CD - Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Cape Verde and the Diaspora, whose mission is to provide Cape Verdean businesswomen with useful tools to develop their business, reflecting this equity in terms of:

access to modernity, competitiveness, opportunities for personal and organizational development, innovation, integration and relationships, regularly promotes events and other events where the most experienced women tell their experiences and give them advice.

Also through his 3-minute television program, he uses it to convey his support and encouragement to women entrepreneurs.


Praia (cape verde)


Call 930 51 7

AJEC - The Association of Young Entrepreneurs of Cape Verde also makes a contribution to older or more experienced members who support less experienced ones.

They also hold monthly workshops where experienced and less experienced entrepreneurs come together to discuss various topics.

BIC - Business Incubation Center is a business incubator that focuses on innovative and scalable projects. Its mission is to support the affirmation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises by creating a stimulating environment, in a market logic, the development of an entrepreneurial initiative aimed at stimulating innovation and the creation of sustainable enterprises in terms of economic. Currently under the direction of the Leeward Chamber of Commerce, it is made up of a team of 5 people.

BIC mentoring activities include:

• Incubate follow-up - A diagnosis was made for each company using the 360° GrowthWheel diagnostic tool, which helped to define the objectives of each incubation. After this diagnosis, it was found that, in most cases, the needs are related to the organizational aspects of the company from a legal point of view (contracts and licenses), as well as at the marketing level to be able to communicate effectively and efficiently for entry. companies in the market. It is in this sense that the services of consultants have been hired to provide technical assistance in the fields of marketing and commerce and in the legal and administrative fields, thus allowing the incubated companies to obtain better results.

• Entrepreneur Assistance - During the second quarter, 35 entrepreneur and/or aspiring entrepreneur assistance were provided for a detailed presentation of BIC's support services, to know the entrepreneur's job and its phase and to recommend it to the promoter. the following steps adapting it to the different programs of the incubator;



Praia (Cabo Verde)


Ligar 260 37 2



At governmental level PRO-EMPRESA - Institute for the Promotion of Enterprises, whose mission is to promote, facilitate and accompany national private investments of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (investments below 50 million escudos) in all sectors of the economy. national.

As part of the implementation of the institute's programs, the company also provides consultancy services to its beneficiaries with consultants accredited by the institution, in order to ensure the relevance and quality of business development services (BDS ).

This accreditation is done through the consultant accreditation system. It is considered as a proof of trust, worthy of the profession and the consulting activity, respecting and promoting the highest ethical values as well as the technical and scientific standards of excellence. .

Consultant Eligibility Criteria

Any private or legally constituted entity with proven technical expertise and experience in providing training or consultancy services to SMEs.


The candidate must have at least two (2) years of proven experience in the practice of consulting and/or training and/or proven experience in an area of expertise.

It must be equipped with:

Minimum Qualification: Post-Graduate Diploma or Post-Graduate Vocational Course (PCEE) – equivalent to Vocational Qualification Level V in the National Qualifications System;

Skills: Ability to perform tasks independently, spirit of mission, integrity, appreciation of the values of professional ethics;

Technical skills: Comprehensive analytical skills, a necessary condition for an objective diagnosis and authoritative assessment of MSME problems, as well as for the search for appropriate solutions to these problems.

Required documents:

For individual consultants:

Identification document;


Curriculum vitae;

Literacy certificate (equivalence for international certificates);

Initial trainer training certificate (FPIF) or trainer aptitude certificate (CAF) - reserved for trainers;

For consulting companies

Updated business registration - issued for less than a year;

NIF Company;

Portfolio of works produced;

Membership identification document;

Identification document of the coordinating consultant;

Curriculum vitae of the coordinator and team members;

Literacy certificate of the coordinating consultant;

Initial trainer training certificate (FPIF) or trainer aptitude certificate (CAF) - reserved for trainers;