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The mentoring matching process

Applications are now OPEN. Please fill out this form by 5pm Monday 20th February 2023.

When applications open, we will ask you to fill out a simple form detailing your creative practice and what skills/expertise or knowledge you are looking for in a mentor. Once we’ve found you a suitable mentor, an e-intro will be made. You are under no obligation to take this mentoring relationship forward, but we encourage you to arrange your first meeting with your mentor to see if it’s a good fit for you!


The Creative Edinburgh mentoring programme is suitable for freelancers, entrepreneurs, creative practitioners and small businesses who would like to develop an area of their practice. We would love to see clarity of your goals and you must be willing to update the Creative Edinburgh team on your progress. What to consider when applying for the mentoring programme:

  • Why do I want to join this mentoring scheme?
  • What skills, habits and/or knowledge do I hope to gain?
  • How can achieving these goals help my creative practice?
  • Do I want to focus on short term "mini" goals vs. long term growth?
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Applicants should commit to five hours of mentoring which can take over the course of five months. Applicants are encouraged to commit to meeting with their mentor which can be done in-person or by video call.

Next steps

The Creative Edinburgh team will support you and your mentor and ensure that you are both happy throughout the process. There will be scheduled meet ups throughout the programme which allows you and your mentor to connect with a wider network of creatives. This also allows you to meet people with similar interests and provides the doorway to new conversations and opportunities!

Becoming a Creative Edinburgh mentor

Mentoring can be a rewarding experience for mentors as it offers the opportunity to widen networks, hear fresh perspectives and sharpen skills. Creative Edinburgh mentors receive training, regular support from the CE team and access to our mentor network. If you're interested in joining our network of mentors please fill out this form.

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