I LIKE NETWORKING 2024 Mentoring Scheme

by I LIKE NETWORKING in London, England, United Kingdom

I LIKE NETWORKING 2024 Mentoring Scheme

Total raised £1,540

£20,000 target 38 days left
7% 12 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 25th June 2024 at 6:36pm

We're making space for everyone to join and thrive in the creative industries though mentoring & networking.

by I LIKE NETWORKING in London, England, United Kingdom

 donated match funding
Aviva Community Fund is providing live match funding

I LIKE NETWORKING is an award-winning career platform for women and non-binary people in the creative industries.  

Our mission is to help individuals thrive in their creative careers, and connect companies and organisations with diverse talent and resources so that they can better support their workforce. 

Our journey began in 2020, when our founder, amidst the pandemic's challenges, envisioned a platform to support underrepresented individuals in the creative sector. Since then, we've impacted over 700 mentees, with staggering results:

🚀 93.5% of mentees reported increased confidence.

🌈 77.4% experienced growth in their network.

💼 70.3% secured jobs or internships.

💡 Plus, 30.9% accessed funding opportunities!

See our impact report here

We also share free resources and opportunities weekly to our online community of 45k+ across our platform. 


We're one of the only schemes out there which have no age limit, focused on supporting women & non-binary individuals. 

Why Mentoring & Networking?

In the creative and cultural industries recruitment often occurs through interconnected networks where one job opportunity can lead to another.

A person’s social capital and their network of contacts has a huge impact on their ability to compete, and is determined by a range of factors including socio-economic status, gender, race, class, and education.

This is why we are on a mission to redefine networking, and ensure that the door to the creative industries is open to all.



After a successful pilot scheme, we have encountered a few barriers.

1. People who are starting out need different support than those who have been working at the industry already for a few years. 

2. With 1000 applications for our last programme, we need a new tech-powered solution to support the demand. Thus, we need the help of a data insights expert to help us create a new system to match mentors and mentees. 

So we're gearing up for our next big venture: expanding our mentoring scheme designed to further empower diverse talents across the creative landscape. With your support, we'll leverage our expertise to foster inclusivity, innovation, and excellence.

How it will work:

  • A group mentoring scheme for entry-level and junior people in the creative industries
  • 1-1 Mentoring for people who have been working for 5+ years

Our goal is to support at least 100 more people in this round

Here's how we'll utilize the funds raised:

  • Data Insights Manager: Your contribution will enable us to hire a skilled professional to help us create a system to match mentors and mentees which can respond to the demand we receive and ensuring our programs remain impactful and relevant and can be easily replicated
  • Pay for software:  Tech tools, from video-conference software to the mentoring platform
  • Mentors Training and Workshops: We'll allocate funds to provide comprehensive training sessions for our mentors, equipping them with the tools and knowledge to guide mentees effectively.
  • Staff Salaries:  To ensure the smooth operation of the scheme, we'll allocate funds to cover staff salaries, ensuring dedicated support for our participants.

Together, we'll break down barriers, champion diversity, and cultivate a vibrant community of creative trailblazers.

Join us on this exciting journey to transform lives and shape the future of the creative industries!

Thank you for your support!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£2 or more

0 of 100 claimed

Live Career Q&A Workshop

Join our Career Q&A session where we will be responding to your career questions! 11th June, 18.00 - 19:00 BST Online Job Applications & Interviews Career Goals Self-Promotion Building your Business or Freelance Career

£5 or more

0 of 100 claimed

Networking Online 101 Workshop

Join our popular online networking session on 8th July, 18.00 - 18:45 BST More info: likenetworking.uk/events

£10 or more

0 of 30 claimed

1-1 Cover Letter Review

A cover letter review done by video I LIKE NETWORKING founder Isabel Sachs

£20 or more

2 of 3 claimed

1-1 Career Coaching Session

1-1 coaching session of 30 minutes with Isabel Sachs, award-winning entrepreneur and I LIKE NETWORKING founder on your career hurdles. Valued at £250

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Get Unstuck Coaching with Dina Grishin

Dina Grishin is a life and career coach based in London, coaching worldwide. If you're stuck in your work or career and you've found yourself here, you're in the right place. This is a 30-min session to help you rediscover your inner hero and gifts, shed outdated beliefs that are keeping you small, and get you in the driving seats of your personal and professional growth.

£25 or more

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1-1 Funding Consultation with Jess Partridge

A 30 min funding consultation with Jess Partridge to support your funding journey in the music industry. Jess Partridge is the founder and editor of In Stereo group which is widely respected as a new music platform that supports the live sector. Alongside this she’s a freelance events and projects manager; working on EU initiatives including EMEE's EMX capacity building programme.

£30 or more

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A 30 min consultation with Kim Darragon to support your marketing strategy. Kim specialises in helping all sorts of small businesses, startups and ambitious entrepreneurs – particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds and immigrant founders in the UK and US – grow their profiles and see results. She has worked with Courier, Leafage, Monocle, Partnership Editions and beyond.

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

45 min Career Coaching with Ailsa Inglis

Ailsa can provide insights and practical advice on how to make informed decisions about career paths, securing internships or landing first jobs, through to discussing the do's and don'ts in interviews and review portfolios and CVs Ailsa’s background spans multiple disciplines including design strategy, art direction, and branding. Now at Represent, Ailsa works across Creative Recruitment .

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

1-1 Career Coaching with Jaz Marfo

A 50-min session with the incredible Jaz Marfo, one of the favorite speakers of the ILN mentoring! As a certified coach, Jaz believes you have everything you need within you to overcome the challenges and reach the goals you set before you. But true and meaningful transformation isn’t at the end of a Google search.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1-1 Session with Laura Mulhern

1-1 career session with Laura Mulhern. Laura is the founder of Plan Make Do and has worked in the creative industry for 18 years in various roles within music to television and more besides. In 2008, she founded her own award-winning arts marketing agency STØRIIE that works with arts organisations, brands and individuals across the UK delivering creative campaigns and brand development.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1-1 Mentoring Session with Teresa Ferreira

Teresa is a Brand Consultant and Creative Director elevating brands in the sustainability and positive impact space. With 15 years experience, she has worked across a wide variety of industries, including media, health, travel and luxury. My last corporate role was Head of Design in the Financial Times’ brand team.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1 hour Artist Mentoring with Petra van den Houten

Petra (she/her) is Director of Development, Marketing and Communications at Liverpool Biennial. Over the past 25 years Petra has worked extensively with emerging artists, commercial galleries, not-for-profit art organisations, art collectors, and philanthropists in Europe, USA and the Middle East. Petra was Head of Major Gifts at the Royal Northern College of Music and is a former Associate Director of Christie’s.

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