Entrepreneurial mentorship

How Does Mentorship Work?

The ONE Hub Mentorship Program is dedicated to helping newcomer entrepreneurs who are committed to the meaningful and efficient development or growth of their small businesses. We connect mentees with
volunteer mentors who possess a diverse range of entrepreneurial skills and extensive networks. The mentorship program spans 12 months, during which mentors and mentees collaborate to schedule mutually convenient
mentoring sessions. In these sessions, mentors provide guidance and support in the following key areas:

  • Sharpening Short and Long-term Action Plans and Goal-setting
  • Gaining Insights into Canadian Business Culture and Operational Standards
  • General Business Development Strategies, including aspects such as business regulations, relevant market research, business plan preparation, securing capital, and building valuable networks
  • Nurturing Essential Business Skills required for planning, launching, and operating a business successfully in Canada
  • Providing Encouragement, Support, and Motivation

Our mentorship program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and resources you need to excel in the Canadian business landscape.

 Additional benefits:

  • One-on-one Mentoring
  • Group-based Mentoring
  • Peer-to-Peer Support Sessions
  • Social media networking groups
  • Networking opportunities

Interested in becoming a mentee?

Eligibility Requirements
ONE Hub’s entrepreneurial mentoring program is open to individuals who meet the following criteria:
  • Permanent Resident or Convention Refugee
  • Language Assessment level 5 or higher
  • Ottawa resident
  • Interested in launching or growing a small business.

For more information or to obtain a program referral, please contact:

Sara Tavassoli

Intake, Assessment and Referral Counselor


Interested in Becoming a Volunteer Mentor?

At ONE Hub, our volunteer mentors leverage their extensive entrepreneurial experience and deep knowledge of Canadian business culture to provide valuable insights, guidance, and support, enabling our mentees to overcome challenges on their path to success.

Here are the benefits you’ll gain as a mentor:

  • Enhances interpersonal and inclusive leadership skills.
  • Develop coaching experience and expand your cross-cultural competencies.
  • Access free professional development training to further your skills.
  • Expand your personal business network through meaningful connections.
  • Make a positive impact on the lives of newcomers to Canada.

We’re actively seeking entrepreneurial mentors who possess:

  • A minimum of 2+ years of entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial experience in Canada.
  • Proven experience in leading the development and launch of products or services within the Canadian corporate landscape.
  • Well-established business and professional networks.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication, and listening skills.
  • Sensitivity to the challenges of cross-cultural transitions and communication barriers.
  • Willingness to commit to a minimum 3-month mentoring relationship.

Join us in empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs and making a difference in the lives of newcomers to Canada.

Contact: Tatanisha Riggan, Mentorship Coordinator

triggan@ociso.org or (613) 725-5671 ext. 293

Book your 30-min virtual 1:1 info session today!