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FINTECH

FOR INCLUSION

Latam - UK Programme

SHAPING HORIZONS MENTORS

FINTECH FOR INCLUSION

LATAM-UK PROGRAMME

Shaping Horizons is a programme that fosters social innovation and diplomacy. To achieve these goals, community leaders from different countries work together in teams to overcome global challenges following tailored online and in-person mentoring sessions. Our core principles are passion for the common good, collaboration to find synergies, and cultural understanding to build a society beyond borders. 

Mentoring is an essential component of this programme. Mentors will guide and inspire teams to explore and research ideas, and identify real-world challenges within financial inclusion and develop financial technology initiatives. Mentors do not have to be experts in financial inclusion or fintech. Please note that at this instance, we will have two categories of mentoring opportunities.

MENTORING CATEGORIES 

MENTORING DESCRIPTION

BENEFITS OF SHAPING HORIZONS'S MENTORING
  • Provides recognition as a leader

  • Extends their professional development record by developing skills, knowledge and confidence, such as communication, empathy and leadership within a multidisciplinary team

  • Gives a vital insight into other organisations and countries, and expands the mentors network

  • Learn insights and get inspiration from the Fintech sector and other industries

  • Exposes the mentor to fresh perspectives, ideas and approaches from young leaders

  • Provides an opportunity to reflect on their own goals and practices

MENTORING TIMELINES
  • October: Mentoring recruitment (successful candidates will be notified in November)

  • November-December: Training (Online).

  • Mentors will receive 4 bespoke digital training sessions to provide them with career boosting skills in communication, coaching and project management. 

  • January-May: Ideation (Online). Mentors will begin supporting teams in January, as they develop their ideas. 

  • April: In-person Ideation (Only applicable to Option 1). Successful teams, participants and mentors, will be invited to a summit taking place in April 2021.

MENTOR CRITERIA

We wish to engage professionals in industry or academia to provide mentoring. Mentors will have lived or had experience locally in Latin America or the UK. In addition, we are looking for individuals who:

  • Can act as positive role models

  • Have an understanding of different pathways to problem-solving

  • Are committed, reliable and able to keep projects moving forward

  • Have great communication skills and can facilitate group discussion

  • Are motivated to make a positive difference and help people through challenges

MENTOR EXPERIENCE

Relevant experience may include:

  • Prior mentoring or coaching

  • Project management

  • Design Thinking or Lean Startup methodology

  • Conflict resolution

  • Pitching ideas and communication 

  • Innovation competitions

REQUIRED COMMITMENT

Attend multiple virtual meetings over a 6 month period (approximately 2 hours a week)

  • Guide the team in progressing the project

  • Complete a short initial questionnaire. This will be used to find suitable matches in mentoring partnerships

  • Share feedback and experiences about the programme