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Why is mentoring important?

Creatives are often used to supporting one another through the exchange of skills, knowledge and best practice. Mentorship makes this process a little more formal and can be instrumental in helping you decide on the next move in your career.

Perhaps you're keen to meet a mentor who has successfully built a business in your sector, or you want to connect with someone who can help guide your marketing strategy. Maybe you just need a knowledgeable fellow creative to bounce ideas off as you continue on your own journey.

Whatever your needs, Creative Edinburgh's mentoring scheme will aim to pair you up with someone that can help support you.

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Is this mentoring scheme for you?

Our Mentoring scheme is available to all Creative Edinburgh members looking for industry support. Community members can apply to the scheme at any time with no upfront cost. Payment for the scheme will only be taken once successfully matched with a Mentor.

This scheme aims to help you build confidence and connections while setting focussed, tangible goals under the guidance of your peers and your Mentor and the Creative Edinburgh Team.

Are you a Freelancer, Sole Trader or business owner exploring new avenues of your business or creative practice?

Are you a Student currently studying or recently graduated and looking for some direction?

Are you willing to challenge yourself to and put in the work to reach your goals?

This scheme is being offered as part of our [ Mentoring+ ] which will give you access to additional benefits such as:

- connecting with peer-to-peer support opportunities

- regular meet ups and ways to connect with the wider mentoring network

- topical discussion one-to-one guidance from the CE team

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How Does It Work?

Applications are currently paused -

Due to the high demand for support throughout 2020 - we have taken the decision to pause incoming applications to the scheme.

In the meantime, we can offer a 1-2-1 mentoring session (held virtually) to help you navigate your next steps

Please get in touch with us [ mentoring@creative-edinburgh.com ]

Applications for our Mentoring scheme are accepted from all Edinburgh-based freelancers, creative practitioners, students and business owners working within Creative Industries in Edinburgh.

Join: Sign up to be a Creative Edinburgh community member!

Apply: Complete the online Mentee application form (linked below).

Meet your Mentor: Once we’ve found you a Mentor, an e-intro will be made.

We encourage you to arrange your first meeting with your Mentor where you will agree if you’d like to take the Mentoring relationship forward.

Mentoring Agreement: Happy to proceed? Great! Simply complete the Mentoring Agreement detailed in your e-introduction.

  • [ £50 ] for Creative professionals
  • [ £25 ] for Students

Payment: Got your agreement signed? You will be prompted to make payment for your participation in the Mentoring Scheme:

All the proceeds raised through our Mentoring Scheme go towards administration and running costs of our Mentoring scheme and Creative Edinburgh's wider offering.


Applications are open throughout the year and Mentees will be accepted on to the Mentoring scheme on a quarterly basis. We run a lean operation at Creative Edinburgh, so we are currently accepting 10 successful Mentee applicants per quarter ( 3 months ).

Deadlines for applications: Currently paused

If we have reached our limit for the quarter, we will be in touch and prioritise your application in the next quarter.

If you are interested in applying for a Mentor, please fill out the Mentee application form linked at the top of the page. Once we have the information on your specific needs, we can match you with the perfect mentor - it's that easy!

All of our mentors are trained, come from a variety of backgrounds and offer their time to the programme in kind.

If you have any questions about the Creative Edinburgh Mentoring Scheme, email us at mentoring@creative-edinburgh.com.


Mentoring can be just as rewarding an experience for mentors as mentees, offering the opportunity to expand your creative network, hear fresh perspectives and boost creativity.

All of our mentors donate their time to the programme. Many do so as a way of paying forward their wealth of knowledge and experience back into the creative sector.

As a Creative Edinburgh mentor, you'll receive training, regular support from the CE team and invited to join our Mentor network, so you can get as much out of the experience as your mentee.

If you're interested in joining our network of mentors, email mentoring@creative-edinburgh.com, tell us a bit about yourself, and we'll get in touch.

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