Creative Ventures Mentoring Programme

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Could you benefit from some professional mentoring? FuelRCA is launching an exciting new mentoring programme for 2010 and 2011 graduates, in partnership with the global consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Apply by 5 September 2011 for a chance to get your very own highly skilled mentor to help you with your creative venture.

A conversation on leaving (still) by Alice Finbow (RCA Photography 2006), copyright Royal College of Art

Graduates selected for the Creative Ventures Mentoring Programme will benefit from 18 months of regular one-to-one mentoring. The mentors are all senior professionals who will dedicate their time and considerable experience to helping turn graduates’ creative ventures into successful businesses, social enterprises or careers.

If you have an entrepreneurial streak and a venture you want to realise, and think you could benefit from one-to-one advice from highly experienced professionals, then we want to hear from you!

We have six places available for recent RCA graduates from all departments to develop their creative ventures with business support from PwC and FuelRCA.

How the programme will help you

If you have a creative venture you'd like to start up, the Creative Ventures Mentoring Programme will ensure that you have access to the highest quality help and support as you take your first steps as an independent professional.

Creative people often lack experience and knowledge of the business world. That's why this programme has been designed by FuelRCA and PwC to assist six specially selected RCA graduates in the next stage of their careers. The programme will provide advice on how to succeed as an entrepreneur.

All ventures from all disciplines will be considered. If selected, you’ll be matched with a mentor whose background and experience complements the needs and direction of your venture. During your regular meetings your mentor will be able to help you with common business issues like finance, business planning, contracts, client relationships, pricing, marketing and management.

Who can apply?

  • You must have graduated from the RCA in 2010 or 2011
  • You must be able to attend regular meetings in London
  • You must be prepared to commit to the programme structure
  • Teams, partnerships and individuals are all eligible; however, please be aware that one mentor will be assigned to each venture, not each individual applicant

How will it work?

The programme will last 18 months, with this first programme running from October 2011 to April 2013. You must be available to take part in the programme for the full 18 months, and you must be able to meet face to face with your mentor for the first four meetings. You and your mentor must agree to meet a minimum of every two months for approximately two hours, holding initial meetings at either the RCA or PwC offices.

All participants must be able to attend the programme launch and mentor/mentee matching workshop and drinks event at the RCA from 3.30-6.30pm on Friday 30 September 2011. There are three masterclasses during the 18-month programme, which you also must attend. The masterclasses will be delivered by PwC on topics relevant to creative ventures.

Participants will be asked to submit a short progress report after each meeting. If accepted for the programme, participants will be asked to sign a contract committing them to the terms of the programme. This is in place to protect both parties and will cover terms of engagement and confidentiality.

Apply now here!

All applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 5 September 2011.