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SMILE Mentor Networking Event

2 July 2012

SMILE Mentor Networking Event

Last week UCL Advances held a networking evening to thank the mentors who kindly volunteer their time to work with SMEs on the SMILE (Selected Mentors and Interims for London Enterprises) programme.

Executive Director of UCL Advances, Timothy Barnes spoke about the success of the programme, how the help of the mentors furthers the progress of companies registered on the SMILE programme, about some of the other activities that take place in UCL Advances, and about developments that are in the pipeline for the department and the SMILE project. He also spoke about how the idea of supporting SMEs at UCL was conceived and the short and long term aims of the department.

The evening provided a great opportunity for mentors to discuss between them their interest in mentoring, the types of companies that they mentor to get a better understanding of the range sizes of companies and types of industries that it is possible to work with on the programme.

They also got the chance to learn from the expertise of other mentors on the programme, discussing techniques used by other mentors, and feeding back to the UCL SMILE team about what we could do to help them provide them best advice and support for mentors. There were also generous offers of any other support that they could provide SMEs in contact with UCL Advances.

"It was a really useful way of meeting my contemporaries, and sharing information.
As remote participants, we were better able to keep in touch with the aims of the programme", (Richard Battersby, Mentor on the UCL SMILE Programme).