Volunteers

Volunteer your expertise

Capacity offers a range of volunteer opportunities to fit your preferences, talents and availability.

In 2019, Capacity is offering two main entrepreneurship programmes, and we are looking forward to welcoming your volunteer support and expertise. In return, you will receive a wealth of experiences ranging from targetted training on how to mentor/coach a person with refugee or migrant background as well as access to our warm community of radically diverse changemakers and ideas.

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 coach?

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

Become a mentor!
– Your time commitment as a mentor is a minimum of 4 hours per month for a total duration of 3 months. However, the more time you dedicate to your mentee, the more your mentee will progress
– Previous knowledge mentoring in intercultural settings is desired but not mandatory. You can learn these skills through our comprehensive train the mentors, coaches and trainers training session
– Interest in the Swiss entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem is critical. It helps if you’ve been an entrepreneur yourself, but it is not necessary
– You speak English and German at a B2-C1 level
– You have an open mind and heart, and you will do everything you can to support your respective mentee
– Mentors are highly encouraged to join our startup weekends, coworking sessions and public events. Because we implement an eye-to-eye level communication and behaviour, mentors who choose to come to these events will be participating in all activities and will be given the same tasks as mentees

Become a coach!
– Your time commitment as a coach is on a case to case basis depending on the demand of your pro-bono services
– As a coach, you will receive a comprehensive train the mentors, coaches and trainers training session
– You will be giving available slots to meet with some or several of our entrepreneurs to support them on your area of expertise through 45-minute sessions. These sessions will be scheduled at your convenience.
– You speak English and German at a B2-C1 level

Areas of expertise needed for coaching: Marketing, E-commerce, Web Design and WordPress, Networking and Negotiation, Business Development, Finance and Budgeting, Communication and Branding, Prototyping and Market Testing, and more.

We look forward to receiving your application for the Capacity Launch before Sunday, the 24th of February at 11:55 pm.

Applications for the next batch *Capacity Boost will reopen in July 2019. Stay Tuned!

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.

TashiMentee 2017

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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It was really wonderful and highly valuable! Thanks a million, to Capacity team, Mentors, Presenters and Startups!

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