WISER Mentoring

WISER Mentoring aims to support women-led businesses, and aspiring female business owners, to achieve their potential. WISER Mentoring develops links between aspiring and established women business owners, sharing support, advice, hints and practical know-how to help woman-led businesses in Wales become established, consolidate and grow.

The benefits of this scheme include:

  • Improved business planning
  • Access to wider networks
  • Practical guidance and advice
  • Career enhancement and direction
  • Support in overcoming gendered barriers to self employment
  • New perspectives
  • Increased confidence
  • Improved listening and questioning skills
  • Opportunities for training

WISER offers receive tailored training and support for mentees and mentors, encouraging both aspiring and experienced self employed women to get maximum benefit from this unique opportunity.

The WAVE WISER Mentoring Scheme is currently accepting applications from both mentors and mentees. If you are an experienced woman business owner willing to share your expertise, or a woman who wants to set up a business and is open to learning from the expertise and knowledge of an experienced entrepreneur, we encourage you to get involved in the WAVE WISER Mentoring Scheme!

To apply to be a mentor please click on this form and return to the team

To apply to be a mentee please click on this form and return to the team

WISER e-Mentoring Scheme 

WISER also runs an e-Mentoring Scheme. This exciting and innovative new online initiative has been developed to harness the benefits of traditional mentoring schemes for women in self employment in an accessible online format. Through the scheme, we hope to engage more self employed women in business mentoring, build strong networks and provide a resource where skills, expertise and knowledge can be shared. Mentoring meetings will function on a ‘one-off’ basis via e-technology (e.g. Skype, email, telephone) and are designed to provide focused guidance on specific subjects or queries.

We are currently looking for experienced self employed women willing to act as e-mentors in the scheme to create an online mentor ‘profile’ for the pilot stage. These mentor profiles will then be uploaded onto the WAVE WISER E-Mentoring section of the website for prospective mentees to browse. Prospective mentees can make contact with the mentor through the WAVE WISER Mentoring Officer, who will act as intermediary.

This approach to mentoring is perfect if you feel you cannot make the commitment to a regular long-term mentoring relationship, but still have skills, experience and expertise which you would like to pass on to an aspiring women business owner as a mentor.

Further Information 

To find out more about these opportunities, just download the FAQs from this page. Also, check the events page for the dates of any upcoming WISER Mentoring Events. These are a great opportunity to meet the WAVE team and find out more information. Attending the events is free of charge and refreshments will be available.

For questions, application packs and further information please email jessica.mahoney@southwales.ac.uk

About Us

The aim of the WAVE programme is to understand and ‘interrupt’ the ways in which gender pay inequalities are consistently reproduced through occupational segregation in employment and self employment, through the ways in which ‘women’s work is contracted’ and through the operation of pay systems.


The WAVE programme has now concluded after 3 successful years.  There are still loads of fantastic organisations that you can get involved with, take a look!


Contact Us

Women Adding Value to the Economy (WAVE)

Central Management Team
The University of South Wales
Faculty of Business, Law, Accounting, Humanities and Social Sciences

Treforest Campus
Pontypridd, Wales - UK
CF37 1DL