a B!G Mentor

We're on a B!G mission to create a better world through creative innovation. Sign up to become a Mentor today and join our growing community of hundreds of Mentors. The first three years of The B!G Idea have been a huge success and we need even more B!G Mentors to support the students and learners on our programme next year! What are you waiting for? Apply below to become a B!G Mentor today and support the next generation of creative problem solvers.

What’s a B!G Mentor?

A B!G Mentor is anyone who has professional experience in creative or critical thinking and problem solving, who wants to support and empower students to develop these real world and vital skills.

A B!G Mentor is a forward-thinker who supports our vision to deliver meaningful change through creativity. We are looking for creative innovators who want to join our B!G Community and pledge €200 to support our students.

Our B!G Mentors provide a direct link between our students and industry. To show how creative thinking is vital in all roles, we actively seek out Mentors from a range of sectors and industries, from all levels within a company.

Levelling the Playing Field

Levelling the Playing Field

We believe that EVERY student should have equal access to vital creative skills for life and the only way to achieve this is to keep our programme completely FREE for students & learners, schools & centres, and parents/guardians. This is a B!G challenge and the solution lies in finding people like you to join forces with us to make Ireland the most creative innovative country in the world.

How it Works

Bridging the gap between industry and education, our B!G Mentors use their knowledge and experience to mentor student teams, giving them feedback and advice on their B!G ideas through our bespoke Mentoring platform. It’s flexible, fully digital and really wonderful!

Flexible Approach

Flexible Approach

As a B!G Mentor, the level of time commitment you give is completely up to you. We offer flexibility and choice and our Mentors choose to be involved as little or as much as they like throughout the programme.
B!G Mentoring

B!G Mentoring

With just approximately 2-3 hours of your time you can have a lasting and direct impact on our students. In February/March you will support student teams online with feedback and advice on 3-5 projects, all through our bespoke online Mentor platform, giving you the flexibility to be involved from anywhere.
B!G Judging

B!G Judging

In May you can see how our students have used your words of wisdom! We will send you a number of projects to review and grade on your dashboard, making it as simple as possible for you. You can even select a potential B!G winner and leave words of wisdom for our students as they graduate from the B!G Idea programme in our B!G Showcase, the grand finale!
Our B!G Community

Our B!G Community

Creativity and lifelong learning go hand-in-hand and we want to embrace this as part of both our student programme and our Mentor community. Throughout your B!G experience, you will build meaningful connections with like-minded Mentors and be a part of a network of cross-sector professionals with opportunities to connect, support and learn from one another.

What B!G Mentors Said

Gillian Reidy

Designer & Owner, Penhouse Design

Cormac Ó Conaire

Chief Design Officer, Design Partners

Niamh Harman

Lead Designer, Salesforce

Ashwin Chacko

Illustrator, Storyteller & Speaker

Roisin Lafferty

Creative Director, Kingston Lafferty Design

Donnacha Neary

Founder & Managing Director, Sonica

Emma Geoghegan

Architect & Urban Designer

Scott Burnett

Founder & Strategic Director, Wove

B!G Believers - Benefits

B!G Mentors directly fund two students with a place on the programme, equipping them with creative skills for life and opening up endless opportunities.

Get involved with our PR rollout, B!G 5 interviews and blog series. Display your involvement with a social media package and a B!G Mentor badge of honour!

Get access to a range of exciting and exclusive offers from our B!G partners. We have a wide range of partners who are all excited to offer you gorgeous goodies.

Collaborate, connect and learn with like-minded peers in a curated community space with exclusive events and networking opportunities. Help yourself and help our students, it’s a win-win.

Use your experience to promote the value of creativity. Help us empower the next generation with skills for life including resilience, empathy, confidence and an entrepreneurial mindset.

Help us shape the future of The B!G Idea and get involved in developing this much-needed programme for students, we have lots of opportunities for further involvement.

The Mentoring Impact