A key element of the NEF Fast Track journey is the development of leadership skills. We take a unique approach by providing participants with both an executive coach and business mentors.

Executive coaches – developing leaders

Developing your leadership skills early in your career can be challenging, so we provide expert support through a network of carefully-selected executive coaches who support NEF Fast Track participants with a bespoke support experience, tailored to their exact development requirements.

All of of our coaches have extensive expertise in their field, and are co-ordinated by our Chair of the NEF Fast Track Coaching Panel, Sarah Perrott.

“Coaching has been one of the most valuable elements of NEF for me.”

Sarah, my coach, has helped me to develop a way of thinking that I use in a variety of situations. I now have the approach and confidence to tackle any situation which comes my way. Coaching has been truly transformational in terms of my personal and professional development.” (Samantha Lott, NEF Fellow 2013)

Business mentors – helping businesses to grow

Getting expert advice and support from experienced and successful mentors can be a critical success factor for a startup. Our panel of business mentors have the breadth of skills, connections and experience (of failures as well as successes!) that provide a key element of the NEF Fast Track journey.

All NEF Fast Track participants can be bespoke-matched with a business mentor who has industry-specific knowledge and expertise that is directly relevant to that founder. Mentors guide, support and challenge participants, helping them accelerate their ventures. Our mentor panel is co-ordinated by Philippa Seal.

“I turned my business from a hobby into a growing, scalable enterprise”

“I will be forever grateful to NEF for giving me the courage to leave my full-time job and turn my business from a side hobby into a growing, scalable enterprise. For me, the most impactful elements of the programme were the coaching and mentoring programmes and the NEF network. My coach and mentors gave me more time, patience, help, introductions and wisdom than I could ever have hoped for.” (Anna Cameron, NEF Fellow 2015)