Mentoring Programme for Start-ups

Supporting your strengths

The main objective of the mentoring programme for start-ups is to encourage people in a range of start-up companies. The only condition being that the companies must have at least 1 year of operations already under their belts so that they have an idea of areas they want to work on. Each company will be provided with an experienced mentor possessing excellent business acumen, who will guide them through the process. This programme is free-of-charge for start-ups, and there are spots for only 5-10 companies, thus making it rather unique and eclectic. All employees of the start-ups will enjoy the benefits of a BCC membership, which will in turn enable them to attend and participate in various educational as well as networking events.

The BCC runs this programme with the valued support of Opero as the programme’s general partner.

The Programme is managed by the Steering Committee.

Introduction of start-ups companies involved

Events and detailed programme

September 27, 2018 – Opening Meeting, starting 6.00 pm

October 24, 2018 – Workshop 1 I Strategic business model & financial planning, starting 2.00 pm

October (12, 13 or 20), 2018 – Workshop 2 I How to sell your product in 30 minutes

December 4, 2018 – Workshop 3 I Sales & Marketing, starting 9.00 am

January 30, 2019 – Networking Meeting

March 13, 2019 – Workshop 4 I Effective organisation

May 16, 2019 – Final Meeting

Steering Committee of the Ment2Grow

Marcela ČernochováBritish Chamber of Commerce

Marcela began her career as a Director of an organization devoted to wildlife conservation – the Czech Otter Foundation, where she worked for almost ten years.

For five years, she worked at the Ministry for Regional Development and for most of her time there she focused on introducing modern management methods and strategies.

In 2012, she participated in a one year humanitarian mission to Haiti with Caritas Czech Republic. She has served as the Managing Director of the British Chamber of Commerce since January 2013.




Anna CimburkováBritish Chamber of Commerce

Anna currently works as a coordinator of CSR and educational activities at the British Chamber of Commerce and manages the Equilibrium Programme for women in business, Ment2Grow Mentoring Programme for start-ups and Volunteering Programme of the Chamber. Having her background in political science and international relations, she also focuses on developing other fields of interests as business development on both international and local/regional level. Hence she also manages various European projects in the Pardubice Region for the Local Action Group.

Anna holds MA degree in International Relations and European Studies, loves learning new things & looking-out for new opportunities. She always moves forward!




Lukáš FoglarLutherX, a.s.

Lukas has spent vast majority of his professional life in the corporate sphere. For over 8 years, he has worked for Vodafone where he held various roles in the area of commercial operations and customer experience management. Apart from other things, he designed and implemented a company-wide end2end VoC platform, developed a culture transformation program focusing on customer centricity and employee engagement, or contributed to a design of global 2020 customer service strategy. Within the last two years, he has worked as a Business Manager for CEO, contributing, among other things, to the execution of Vodafone’s digital strategy. Recently, Lukas co-founded a company called LutherX, that has an ambition to change lives of millions of people across the world. Because Everybody deserves Happy Mondays.

Petr KrejčíOur names

Petr is a founder of Our Names – digital content agency mainly focused on social media and digital content strategies. Beside the core business he is also involved in a software development startup. He is passionate about new technologies, effectivity and new ways of making things done. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn.




Pavel PřikrylOpero

Pavel is co-founder and managing director of Opero, a premium business hub in Prague. He also runs GROWTHGARAGE, a boutique strategic consultancy oriented toward consulting new business opportunities for both corporate and start-up clientele. Pavel has years of professional experience in economic advisory, business consulting and mentoring. For more than ten years he worked in an international consulting firm, where he managed extensive projects for corporate clientele and in the last five years led the consulting division in the area of strategy, mergers and acquisitions. And yet Pavel is a renaissance man and in addition to his professional track he pursues a range of other interests. In the academic sphere he has earned his doctorate in international studies from Charles University, worked as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at George Washington University, published a book on the topic of American politics in Europe, and taught students at the Faculty of Social Sciences. He has also worked with the humanitarian organization People in Need for a year on a development mission in Afghanistan and several other short-term missions.


Tereza SalteElite Bloggers

Even though my background is in Political Science and Environmental and sustainable studies, I decided to lead my career in quite different path. In 2012 I started blog where I motivate readers to get out of their comfort zone and fullfil their dreams. I was awarded twice The Blogger of the Year (2014, 2015) and wrote a motivational book called Šlehačková oblaka which became a bestseller in 2017.

I am a co-founder (2015) of an agency called Elite Bloggers. Elite Bloggers represents the top Czech and Slovak bloggers and was one of the first companies in the Czech Republic representing influencers on professional basis. Our values were from the very beginning to create a fair, sustainable, transparent marketplace and to mark commercial posts. We have developed a portfolio of hundreds of clients. Elite Bloggers has currently six full-time employees and in 2018 a smaller part of the stock of the company was sold to the investment group Eskalator.

Eva ShawCentre Bridge

Eva Shaw is Founder of Centre-bridge Executive Search and HR Consulting and Board Member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Prague.  She is responsible for  executive search internationally with a strong focus over the last 10 years within Europe, CEE, Asia Pacific and LATAM for blue chip international companies and private equity / VC firms and their portfolio companies. She has extensive experience in building leadership teams and creating a strong board presence for start-up companies globally.

She has worked in the field of executive search for the last 20 years and prior to founding Centre-bridge she worked for Lansdowne international focusing on senior executive search focusing on CEE, Russia and CIS for 10 years and prior to that spent 8 years running her own research consultancy providing senior level executive search support to key international executive search firms globally.

Eva started her career initially in market research before moving to executive search where she spent 12 months with Nicholson International and 3 years with Heidrick and Struggles based in both Prague and London.

Eva is a British / Czech national and is fully bilingual English Czech and speaks fluent French.

She holds a BA Honours degree in French, Spanish and International business from South Bank University, London.


Should you have any questions regarding Mentoring Programme for Start-ups, please contact the programme coordinator Anna Cimburkova.


Documents to download


Guide of registration for events – HowToRegister


Pool of mentors – Ment2Grow_pool_mentors



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