Volunteers

Volunteer your expertise

We want to build a community of experts who support people to achieve their highest potential and we’d love you to be part of that journey. Capacity offers a range of volunteer opportunities to fit your preferences, talents and availability.

Here are your options:

Mentors

Support individuals undertaking entrepreneurship or employment activities! Guide talented people from around the world as they negotiate the legal aspects of setting up a company; help them to make life-choices such as whether to undertake further education/professional qualifications; and ensure that important documents such as project proposals, CVs and cover letters, etc. are well-written and likely to succeed.

Workshop Trainers

Are you an expert in a given business topic? We are constantly looking for trainers on the fields marketing, goal-setting, networking, business model development, financial and legal advice and more. For just a few hours of work, supported by the Capacity team, these workshops provide bilingual practical support and training to ensure that our participants have the tools they need to run a successful business or social project.

Other Expertise

Our graduates need ongoing business support.

Sharing thoughts on the challenges and opportunities in Switzerland. We are looking to build a community of experts who we can turn to when former and current participants and others ask us for support with specific topics.

How can I join as a mentor or trainer?

Our mentors and trainers are volunteers. We ask our mentors and trainers to fill out the Mentor/Trainer Application Form and send us their CV or LinkedIn page at info@capacityzurich.ch 

Mentor/Trainer requirements:

  • Work experience in Swiss Context (at least 2 years)
  • Excellent German/English Language Proficiency
  • Previous mentoring/training/coaching experience, ideally in an intercultural or business context
  • Experience with start-ups and/or non-profit management
  • Capacity to mentor someone for a minimum of 4 hours per month over a 7-month period

Please note: Application deadline to join our Capacity Programme for 2018 is March 31st, 2018.

What can a mentor do for an entrepreneur?

At Capacity, we focus on supporting individuals to achieve their full personal and profession potential through entrepreneurship. Through the start-up programme, we provide each participant with a mentor who will help them to understand the basic concepts around Lean Start-Up Methods.

Our mentors are individuals with experience in Swiss businesses or start-ups contexts, often both in Switzerland and internationally, and with local networks that they will use to support their mentees.

Typically, a mentor will support a mentee on the following fronts:

  • Ideation: mentors will support mentees to shape your idea into a realistic business model
  • Administrative: mentors may help mentees understand forms (especially if mentee does not speak German and they do)
  • Pitch: mentors typically support their mentees by co-developing a pitch and identify methods to approach potential partners and funders
  • Resource allocation: A mentor may support a mentee in finding the necessary resources to test and launch the start-up idea
  • Network: A mentor can help a mentee by building connections and a network within Zurich and beyond
  • Learn from their mentee: Many of our mentors state that they also learn a lot from their mentees. Mentors will receive a comprehensive training on how to benefit and learn from their mentee’s wealth of experiences

A mentor will NOT:

  • Become a business partner unless both parties are happy with this arrangement
  • Fund or otherwise financially support their mentee’s project
  • Necessarily be an expert in the mentee’s exact same field. Mentees are expected to bring specialist knowledge for their respective fields.
  • Necessarily support their mentee after the end of the Programme

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Thanks a lot for everything! I cannot explain you how excited I am that I got to know the Capacity Team. The kindness, support and all the encouragement you give means a lot to me and to all of us. It has been a life changing experience!

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Thank you, again dear Capacity Team, for the wonderful workshops and for presenting us with such an amazing platform to learn.

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I have never worked in an environment that represents such a safe space for all, irrespective of nationality, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic or migratory status. Capacity is a space for everybody to shine."

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