Personal mentoring as part of the National Entrepreneurial Mentoring Programme

Individual mentoring for women’s, youth, generational change, and SMEs that suffered damages due to the COVID-19 epidemic with a successful entrepreneurial individual mentor, and also offering special consultancy and training.

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The subproject intends to realise significant enterprise development activities in 4 target groups that, due to their natures and life situations, require individual, tailored, and personal support. The fundamental goal is to improve the competitiveness, stability, and growth efficiency of Hungarian micro, small, and medium enterprises by using the mentor programme to increase their innovative approaches and up-to-date business and financial knowledge.

  1. Young business starters,
  2. women’s entrepreneurships,
  3. family undertakings facing generational changes, and
  4. SMEs shaken to their foundations by the economic effects of the COVID-19 epidemic

all require assistance.

The main steps of personal entrepreneurial mentoring:


Future client SMEs have to submit an online request for support on the website’s registration page (i.e. they must register).

Each mentor deals with 2-4 mentees in the mentoring process. An opportunity is also provided for mentees to participate in group mentoring. In cases where the topic involves more than one mentee, a mentor who has credible familiarity with the topic may hold group mentoring. The mentor documents, monitors, and checks the mentoring process online with the help and cooperation of the supervisor.

During the 6-12 month mentoring period, meetings are held once a month on average, and each meeting lasts 1-4 hours. Mentoring takes place in the form of meetings held in person, though Skype or other online forms of communication may be used if justified.

In the personal entrepreneurial mentor programme, the mentoring process can be considered completed if


If the required number of interactions has not taken place, the process cannot be considered successful.

In cases where the cooperation between the mentor and the mentee is unsuccessful, the mentee is required to continue the process.

Possibilities include allowing the mentee to choose the mentor previously listed in second or third place. This solution is available if made possible by the capacity specified in the mentor programme. The mentor may decide whether to undertake the process in this case as well.

The time limits pertaining to the client and the SEED Foundation for Small Enterprise Economic Development are set out in the Grant Contract. The services are planned to be made available in this format until 30.09.2021.

SMEs are required to provide the following data during the course of voluntary registration:

The SME has to register on the website to receive the materials offered by the programme, to apply for the programme, and to receive the assistance related to the raising of capital ( 

The services are available to SMEs to the debit of their de minimis aid and are free in case of participation (from the aid component of their de minimis aid). In the course of its activities aimed at providing group professional mentoring for SMEs, the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry plays the role of the provider of aid as regards the benefits it transfers. The definition of de minimis aid (framework): de minimis aid is aid granted to a single undertaking over a given period of time that does not exceed a certain fixed amount, is deemed not to meet all the criteria laid down in Article 107(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and is therefore not subject to the notification procedure.

SEED Foundation for Small Enterprise Economic Development

Office: 1133, Budapest, Pannónia u. 70. I. em. 2.,

Registered office: 1024, Budapest, Rómer Flóris u. 22-24. V. em. 15.

The project website ( provides all applicants with detailed information on the programme details, contractual conditions, the current requirements that SMEs participating in the programme have to meet, and the attainable results. The system automatically checks the filtering conditions and the formal requirements, which checks are then repeated manually by employees.

Government Decree No 272/2014 of 5 November 2014 on the rules for using aid from various EU funds in the 2014-2020 programming period

Government Decree No 255/2014 of 10 October 2014 on the EU competition law rules of state aid pertaining to the use of sources allocated for the 2014-2020 programming period