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MENTORING PROCESS FOR WINNERS OF CONTEST "JUMP INTO BUSINESS"


       The competition of business ideas “Jump into business!” organized by Mortgage Bank ended in January 24, 2012 and the winners are announced who will receive awards of competition - co-operation with business mentors and additional money prize to implement their business ideas.
       The five best business plan authors will receive a money prize of 1,000 LVL for the realization of their business ideas and possibility to co-operate with business mentor, the next five - 500 LVL, and possibility to co-operate with business mentor, but a further 20 applicants will be able to work together with business mentors who will share their experience, knowledge and contacts. Co-operation with mentors will be organized by association LIDERE in collaboration with Junior Chamber International Latvia .
       Duration of mentoring process is 10 months; co-operation with mentors will start in March, 2012 and it is scheduled to conclude the mentoring process in November, 2012.

       Main activities in the framework of mentoring process:
  • Informative workshop before commencement of the mentoring process - February 24, 2012 in Riga;

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  • Applying for the participation in the mentoring process – deadline: March 2, 2012;
  • Interviews with mentees’ candidates – 05.03.2012. – 09.03.2012.
  • Forming of the pairs of co-operation – 12.03.2012.-20.03.2012.
  • Opening Event – March 23, 2012 in Riga;

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  • Individual meetings of co-operation pairs (at least once in month) – April – November, 2012;

  • Competence Improving Workshop - October 15, 2012 in Riga;

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  • Conclusion Event – November 29, 2012 in Riga.

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MENTORING ROUND TABLE 2012, 5th MEETING

       16.05.2012. LĪDERE continues new initiative – 5th meeting took place.
       Association LĪDERE offers new initiative - to complement our existing mentoring programme for entrepreneurs with a new activity - "Mentoring Round Table" - a one mentee’s meeting with a group of mentors who could brainstorm on mentees questions.
       The mentee who will receive this support was Kristīne Elste-Grauba - owner of the company "Rinkotaju Klubs".
       We are very grateful to mentors who participated in the meeting and shared their ideas, advice and experience – members of LĪDERE: Mārīte Šperberga and Anita Viļuma, as well as experienced entrepreneurs, who act as mentors in mentoring programmes for entrepreneurs organized by LĪDERE - Marika Ģederte, Normunds Čiževskis, Andrejs Sergejevs and Irēna Hadaņonoka.
       We will continue to held a meeting once every two months, the third Wednesday of the month at 15:00 Riga, Graudu Street 68.
       Next meeting will be held on August 15, 2012 at 15:00.





CONCLUSION OF 13th (2011) MENTORING PROGRAMME FOR ENTREPRENEURS


       04.04.2012. The 2011 Mentoring Programme for entrepreneurs was closed 04.04.2012. in Riga.
       The final event took place in premises of Publishing House Applied Information Service; from 10:00 to 13:00.






MENTORING ROUND TABLE 2012, 4th MEETING

       21.03.2012. LĪDERE continues new initiative – 4th meeting took place.
       Association LĪDERE offers new initiative - to complement our existing mentoring programme for entrepreneurs with a new activity - "Mentoring Round Table" - a one mentee’s meeting with a group of mentors who could brainstorm on mentees questions.
       The mentees who received this support were Evija Jansone and Mārtiņš Drullis - representatives of company "MWF" from Ventspils.
       We are very grateful to mentors who participated in the meeting and shared their ideas, advice and experience – members of LĪDERE: Aiva Vīksna, Ivonna Ķezbere, Lilita Bērziņa, Vita Zariņa and Gaļina Driviniece.
       We will continue to held a meeting once every two months, the third Wednesday of the month at 15:00 Riga, Graudu Street 68, Publishing House’s Applied Information Service premises.
       Next meeting will be held on May 16, 2012 at 15:00.

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LECTURES FOR MEMBERS OF RIGA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ BUSINESS INTERESTS CLUB

       Māra Špicberga, Managment consultant, Trainer, Partner at JARDI. Partneri and LIDERE member visited Riga Technical University, Students’ Club who are interested in Business and gave lecture on “Leadership Skills” in February 29, 2012.
       Chairperson of the Association LIDERE Aiva Viksna gave lecture for the members of Club on "Teamwork" in March 13,2012.
       The members of Club will have the opportunity to participate in lecture "Financial Planning" presented by LIDERE member Iveta Strele in autumn of 2012.

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ASSOCIATION’S LIDERE 9 ANNIVERSARY

       Nine years ago eight women entrepreneurs and professionals established the non-governmental organisation LIDERE. Currently the association unites more than 40 individual members from all country representing businesses in publishing, tourism, business consultancy, insurance, language teaching, construction and other fields of business. From 2005 association has got representative organisation in Rezekne – Club Sentio (unites more than 16 individual members).
       Since the first days of existence Association has implemented the main idea: to encourage people to start their own business. Therefore, each year the exploration “Women in Entrepreneurship” was conducted, the project “LET’S EXCHANGE EXPERIENCE” was realised, several conferences for entrepreneurs were organised and bulletin for Latvian women entrepreneurs “LIDERE” was issued.
       This is the main reason why seven years ago “LIDERE” has started to realise mentoring programmes for entrepreneurs. During these seven years “LIDERE” has carried out 13 mentoring programmes with a total number of participants - 401: 187 mentors and 214 mentees (319 women and 82 men). Acting in the programme, many new entrepreneurs have acquired new ideas, partners and understand how important it is to be together and to co-operate.
       LIDERE does not stop at the achieved and is ready to do a lot more for support of micro and small entrepreneurs in Latvia. LIDERE is proud to realise Mentoring Programme for Entrepreneurs organised by Investment and Development Agency of Latvia in 2012 and 15 new enterprises have already started their mentoring co-operation with their mentors – experienced entrepreneurs.
       LIDERE has already successful co-operation with Nordea bank - Nordea Business School “From idea to an investor" and with Mortgage Bank of Latvia in the framework of project “JUMP INTO BUSINESS” to support newly started entrepreneurs.
       LIDERE is also one of the organisations that responded to Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (LDDK) proposal to establish Small and Medium Entrepreneurs’ (SMEs) Co-operation Platform and it is one of active members of this Platform.

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WORKSHPOP FOR PARTICIPANTS OF CONTEST "BE AN ENTREPRENEUR 2011/2012" IN DAUGAVPILS

       The organiser of contest - Daugavpils District Council invited competent lectures from association LIDERE Aiva Vīksna and Iveta Strēle to visit Daugavpils to share their experience and knowledge with participants of contest – emerging entrepreneurs.
       Workshop took place on February 3, 2012 in Daugavpils and participants had opportunity to listen lectures on „Planning of Finances” by Iveta Strēle and "Modern Business Basis: the Client and the Team" by Aiva Vīksna.

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WORKSHOP IN DOBELE

       Dobele Adult Education and Business Support Centre, together with the Mortgage Bank (Bauska Branch Loan Department Manager Laura Saulite), the association LIDERE (Chairperson Aiva Viksna) and Dobele Business Incubator (Manager Edgars Letinskis) invited for a free-of-charge workshop on possibility to start own business, the support available and other options the participants can use.
       The workshop was open to all who want to start their own business, entrepreneurs, who only recently have started to run the business, as well as to other small business representatives.
       The workshop took place on January 31, 2012 in Dobele and great number of participants (at least 30) attended the event.

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MENTORING ROUND TABLE 2012, 3rd MEETING

       18.01.2012. LĪDERE continues new initiative – 3rd meeting took place.
       Association LĪDERE offers new initiative - to complement our existing mentoring programme for entrepreneurs with a new activity - "Mentoring Round Table" - a one mentee’s meeting with a group of mentors who could brainstorm on mentees questions.
       The third mentee who received this support was Arita Zaķe.
       We are very grateful to mentors who participated in the meeting and shared their ideas, advice and experience – members of LĪDERE: Ilze Švāne, Zane Ozola, Māra Špicberga, Silvija Kārkliņa, Anita Viļuma and experienced entrepreneur, who acts as mentors in mentoring programmes for entrepreneurs organized by LĪDERE - Linda Miezīte.
       We will continue to held a meeting once every two months, the third Wednesday of the month at 15:00 Riga, Graudu Street 68, Publishing House’s Applied Information Service premises.
       Next meeting will be held on March 23, 2012 at 15:00.

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