Become a Mentor

Teach what you are passionate about.

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BENEFITS OF MENTORING ON STARTWISE?

Earn Money Online

Increase your revenue by earning money online.  

Work Anywhere, Anytime

Flexibility to mentor from the comfort of your office or home and maximise your productivity.

Mentor Around Your Own Schedule

Set up your own calendar and mentor according to when you are available.

Manage Your Mentees

Our easy to use dashboard shows you a snapshot of your mentees, income and schedule.

Find More Mentees

We are responsible for attracting new mentees to the platform, so you can focus on mentoring

Safety and Security

All payments are handled through our third-party payment gateway. Your data is housed securely in accordance to the POPI Act.

Mentor entrepreneurs across South Africa

  • Steady stream of entrepreneurs to mentor
  • Manage your own calendar
  • Interactive virtual sessions
  • Convenient payment methods
  • List your additional services
  • Networking opportunities

How to become a Startwise mentor

Apply to be a mentor

Apply to be a mentor on Startwise and submit your credentials.

Complete your Profile

Complete your profile by adding your intro video, area of expertise, skills, subscription and additional services offering.

Start Mentoring

Connect with mentees and start your mentorship sessions.

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Connect with thousands of entrepreneurs in South Africa and mentor at your own pace.

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Questions? We Have Answers

WHAT DO I NEED TO SET UP MY PROFILE?

Complete all the required fields. You will need to include a short bio positioning your areas of expertise as a mentor, upload a short introductory video and remember to include the reasons why a mentee should enlist your services. Please select the categories that you are qualified in for the search filter. Click here for a quick demo with our Startwise Platform guru.

CAN I TAKE THE SESSION OFFLINE?

To maintain the integrity of the Startwise brand and platform and ensure the safety of both mentor and mentee, you may not take the sessions outside of the Startwise platform. Doing so may result in removing yourself from the Startwise network of mentors.

Startwise reserves the right to screen and monitor Member Content

Please see our T&C’s for more

WHAT DO I DO IF THE CONSULT RUNS OVER TIME?

If your client has booked an hour session and you are running over time, simply end the session at an hour and schedule another one for the additional time needed. This ensures your billing runs correctly.

 


HOW DO I SET MY OWN RATE/FEE ON THE STARTWISE PLATFORM?

Simply log into your profile and complete all the requested fields.

MY PROFILE ISN’T SHOWING ON THE PLATFORM?

After signing up to the Startwise platform and you have been approved. Go back to your profile and populate all required fields including your rate, introductory view, expertise and specialised categories. 

If you require assistance, contact support@startwise.co.za


ARE THE VIDEO CHATS/ CALLS CONFIDENTIAL?

Yes, the Startwise Platform has been developed to be secure and all exchanges are encrypted. It also ensures your data is housed in compliance with the POPI Act.

IS THERE A FEE? WHAT IS THE PAYMENT STRUCTURE?

You set your own hourly rate through the Startwise Platform.

Startwise charges you a fee (the "Service Fee”) based on a percentage of Appointment Fees collected on your behalf. The current applicable percentage on all sessions and subscription plans is twenty percent (20%). The Service Fee is deducted from the Appointment Fee payable to you in respect of an Appointment.

T&C’s apply


HOW DO I PAUSE, CANCEL OR END MY SUBSCRIPTION?

If at any stage you are unhappy with the service or platform, please email support@startwise.co.za


HOW DO I RECEIVE PAYMENT?

Payments are via EFT only

The payment gateway is 3rd Party Payment Platform which accepts Mastercard/Visa, debit and credit card payments as well as EFT’s from the main South African banks. You will need to supply your banking details to receive an EFT. Once you reach the minimum threshold of earning R1 000, payments will be made on a weekly basis.

T&C’s apply


WILL I BE REVIEWED BY CLIENTS?

Yes. After each session a survey will be sent to both you, the mentor, and your mentee where you can review the session and rate the Platform.

 


CAN I CHANGE OR RESCHEDULE SESSIONS?

Please contact support@startwise.co.za if you need to reschedule a session

HOW DO I CONNECT WITH MENTEES OR SET UP SESSIONS?

You can easily connect to mentees through the Startwise Platform chat functionality.

A mentee will schedule a session through the calendar on your profile. You can view the appointment on your dashboard. If you need to reschedule your session, please email support@startwise.co.za

When an Appointment is requested with you via the Platform, you will also receive an email confirmation of the time and mentees full name and surname.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO BE ADDED TO THE NETWORK?

After registering on Startwise, you will be requested to submit information such as your LinkedIn Profile, accreditations, work experience etc. This data will not be made public as it’s purely for the vetting processes.

Once you have submitted all the required documentation for the panel to verify, it takes less than a week to review your application and for you to complete your profile on the Startwise Platform.


IS THERE A MINIMUM REQUIREMENT TO BE A MENTOR?

Yes, to be listed as a Startwise mentor you must have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the specific area or field. Upon registering on Startwise, you need to submit certain documents to prove your qualification including items such as your LinkedIn Profile, accreditations, work experience and the like. Note that these aren’t made public.


WHAT DO I NEED TO SUBMIT TO APPLY TO BE A MENTOR?

Apply to mentor on the Startwise platform. Part of the application is to complete your profile and qualifying criteria. This includes points such as providing a Link to your LinkedIn profile, Experience and Field of expertise etc. Note: Your personal information such as CV etc will not be made public. Your profile will automatically be submitted for review.

 

HOW DOES THE VETTING PROCESS WORK?

Our panel assesses and verifies that your career history is in-line with the category in which your expertise will be listed. Once all your credentials have been checked, your profile will be made live on the Startwise Platform. Remember to complete your profile before commencing with your mentorship.


HOW DO I JOIN?

Apply to be a mentor directly on the Platform. Set up your profile and submit it for vetting. Remember to complete your profile once you are approved. From there all sessions are booked and held within the Platform.

The Startwise team will take you through a short onboarding process to ensure you are familiar with all the Startwise functionality and features. Click here to book a demo.


WHY SHOULD I JOIN STARTWISE?

You have the ability to earn extra revenue while working in the hours that suit you. Mentor entrepreneurs, SME business owners and the like. Plus you can continue your path as an industry thought leader by sharing knowledge across our digital platforms.

Click here for more reasons to apply to be a mentor.


HOW DO I CHANGE MY FEE/RATE TO MENTEES?

If you would like to increase or decrease your rate to mentees, simply log into your mentor profile and update it. This new rate will be applied to all your sessions booked in the future.


Note, if a mentee has already booked and paid for a session, you will need to honour the rate you were charging at the time of booking.


WHAT LENGTH OF TIME SHOULD A SUBSCRIPTION RUN FOR?

Startwise recommends setting your subscription offering for a period of either 1, 3 or 6 months. If you would like to chat to our Startwise platform expert for guidance, contact support@startwise.co.za or book a demo.  


How do i show on the Platform?

In order for your profile to show on the platform as an Mentor, you will need to create a Session. This is a feature where you update your information for the Mentees to view and connect with you.

You will need to upload a professional photo, a short description of your sessions and how you can assist, your rate and hours. Please also create your Subscription to offer to customers (such as bundled consultation rates or a starter pack to attract your Mentees and help get them started).

Please note that Startwise assumes no responsibility for the content of Listings or for any Member’s compliance with any applicable laws, rules and regulations. Remember you may not include your direct contact details. Doing so may result in removing your profile from the platform. This is to keep the brand integrity intact.

See our T&C’s for more.

Can i take the consultation offline?

To maintain the integrity of the Startwise brand and platform and ensure the safety of both Mentors and Mentees, you may not take the consultations outside of the Startwise platform. Doing so may result in removing yourself from the Startwise network of Mentors.

Startwise reserves the right to screen and monitor Member Content or the content of communications between Members.

Please see our T&C’s for more

Can i upload my contact details

When creating your listing, please don’t include your personal or business contact details including your address, website, email or cellphone.

The Startwise platform is here to facilitate all transactions and consultations within the web application. A Mentee can interact directly with you through the chat, audio and video features within the Startwise platform and you will receive any and all notifications.

All contact details added will be removed from your profile by our Startwise support team. This is done to ensure the integrity of the Startwise brand and platform.

Please see our T&C’s for more

What do i do if the consult runs over time?

If your client has booked an hour consultation and you are running over time, simply end the consult at an hour and schedule another one for the additional time needed. This ensures your billing runs correctly.

Are the video chats/ calls confidential?

Yes, the Startwise App has been developed to be secure and all exchanges are encrypted. It also ensures your data is
housed in compliance with the POPI Act.

Is there a free? What is the payment structure?

You set your own hourly rate through the Startwise Platform.
Startwise charges you a fee (the "Service Fee”) based on Sessions, Subscriptions and Service Fees collected on your behalf. The current applicable percentage on the Startwise twenty percent (20%) on.

How do i cancel my account?

If at any stage you are unhappy with the service or platform you click on the DELETE MY ACCOUNT option 

 
 
alternatively you can email support@startwise.co.za

Is there a minimum requirement to be a mentor?

Yes, to be listed as a Startwise Mentor you must have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the specific area or field. Upon registering on Startwise, you need to submit certain documents to prove your qualification including items such as your LinkedIn Profile, accreditations, work experience and the like. Note that these aren’t made public.

Why should i join Startwise?

You have the ability to earn extra revenue while working in the hours that suit you. Share your expertise with Mentees
and help the South African economy grow. Plus you can continue your path as an industry thought
leader by sharing knowledge across our digital platforms.

Startwise was started by Velly Bosega and is 100% black owned, South African company. Velly believes in the greatness of South Africa and the mutual benefits of match-making Mentors with Mentees.

How do i receive payment?

The payment gateway is 3rd Party Payment Platform which accepts Mastercard/Visa, debit and credit card payments as well as EFT’s from the main South African banks. You will need to supply your banking details to receive an EFT. Once you reach the minimum threshold of earning R1 000, payments will be made on a weekly basis.
 
After you reached the minimum threshold required, you can request payment by click on REQUEST WITHDRAWAL from your wallet
 

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