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Call for mentors as Elevate receives 150 applications

Senior and mid-level event professionals and creatives asked to provide guidance in pilot programme

Pictured: Elevate founders Maxwell Fellows, Mel Noakes and Courtney Baisch

Experienced event professionals are being urged to join the industry's first all-inclusive mentor programme, after the amount of mentee applications almost doubled the number of mentors.

Elevate organisers say they were delighted with the response, with more than 150 event industry people applying for mentorship, and have asked more senior and mid-level event professionals, as well as creatives, to participate as a mentor.

In the meantime plans are underway to hold a series of live sessions to provide support for all mentees, called Elevate Live.

Elevate was launched last month by Maxwell Fellows (head of client services, Clive), Mel Noakes (former head of experiential at Sony) and Courtney Baisch (talent manager, Amplify).

This week the trio paired the 85 mentors with the best suited mentee applicants on things like goals, strengths and career histories. Altogether more than 230 people registered for the pilot programme.

Fellows said: "We're surprised and delighted with the uptake on the programme. I think taking a bespoke approach to pairing people, where we get to understand their background, will really work. Ultimately we're trying to help progress as many people as possible so we can make the industry as best as it can be."

Elevate Live, due to take place in a London venue later this year, will be open to all applicants and feature a series of talks from a range of industry mentors. The sessions will then be split into smaller huddles based on topics for smaller, more confidential discussions led by one or two mentors before more networking opportunities will take place.

Fellows added that the mentees who missed out on being paired will get first refusal for the next round of mentorship.

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