The Mentor Hour

Connect, explore challenges and gain valuable insights to help boost your personal and business growth - in just 60 minutes.

Entrepreneurial Scotland is excited to announce The Mentor Hour, our free monthly initiative designed to connect business leaders seeking guidance and experience with senior business figures from around Scotland and internationally. This initiative provides a unique opportunity to connect, explore challenges and gain invaluable insights to help boost your personal and professional growth.

How does it work?

1. Register your interest in a 1-1 mentor session. Outline your business, your challenges, aspirations and what you would like to achieve from the one-hour session.

2. 1-hour sessions - Each month, established business leaders generously offer one hour of their time to dedicate to one of the registered participants in an online mentoring session.

3. The Match - Based on your profile and needs, and the skills and experience of our mentor, we will match the most appropriate people together.

Please note that availability is limited and a match is not guaranteed.


Meet our June Mentoring Panel

Evelyn McDonald

Evelyn McDonald

CEO Scottish Edge

Evelyn McDonald is the CEO of Scottish EDGE, a competition awarding grants and loans to early stage businesses with high growth potential . Previously run by Scottish Enterprise for four rounds, Evelyn oversaw the spin out of the competition in Autumn 2014 to the private sector led Scottish EDGE C.I.C. The introduction of lending to the winners in Round 5 created a revolving loan fund to support future applicants and Scottish EDGE has now invested over £16 million in 421 businesses. In addition, the small team of seven have introduced mentoring, alumni events, training and a business support package to winners as well as the innovative EDGE Pledge.

Prior to joining Scottish EDGE in November 2014, Evelyn had a long career at the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust, and latterly the Prince’s Trust. In 2002, she helped set up and run a successful growth fund which assisted over 300 Trust-supported businesses providing access to loans of up to £25k and follow-on support. Evelyn is also a board member at the Scottish Design Exchange and an assessor of the Small Business Charter Award.

Grant Keenan

Grant Keenan

Managing Director, Keenan Recycling

Grant is Managing Director of Keenan Recycling. The company is the largest food waste collection company in the UK, operating from 17 depots, collecting food waste from every postcode in Scotland, England, and Wales. The food waste collected is used to generate green gas and electricity. Keenan Recycling also owns facilities that compost garden and food waste, as well as two biofuel plants. Grant currently serves on the Board of Dial a Bus and has previously been the Chair of the Organic recycling group, and Heald board positions with Elevator, Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce, the Composting Association and was a Centre Counsellor for the Chartered Institute of Waste Management. Grant was also named EY Scotland Entrepreneur of the Year.

Matt Little

Matt Little

CEO, Blue Ocean Insight

Matt is an experienced Chair, Non-Executive Director and board member having sat on the Board of Directors or the Advisory Board of eight fast-growing technology firms and two charities.

He has been a board member on four successful exits and the technology lead on a fifth.

In 2022, Matt assumed the role of Chair at Melius Cyber and in 2024 he was invited to be the Chair of Huler Ltd. Matt has sat on the board of two other VC-backed companies, Collabco and Genba Digital. His primary objective was to assess their readiness for potential acquisitions and offer guidance for strategic positioning. Matt skilfully managed due diligence processes and facilitated smooth integrations with their respective acquirers.

Matt was Executive Director of the cyber security company ZoneFox between 2013 and 2018 and co-led the large-multiple acquisition of the company by the US Cyber Security Firm Fortinet and went on to hold a senior role within Fortinet.

In 2019, Matt founded Blue Ocean Insight with the mission of enabling businesses to scale their value and achieve greater product success through the alignment of technology, people, product, and strategy. Since then, Blue Ocean Insight has collaborated with more than 25 companies, guiding them on their journeys of scaling and growth.

Matt holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of St Andrews and graduated from MIT's prestigious Entrepreneurial Development Programme in 2017.

Become a Mentor

Becoming a mentor is your opportunity for you to give something back to Scotland by supporting Scotland's entrepreneurial leaders.

The mentoring sessions require a 1-hour commitment. In that hour you are directly helping shape and grow leaders and businesses in Scotland.

To learn more about becoming an ES Mentor, please get in touch below for further information.