Shape | Mentoring for built environment entrepreneurs

Do you have a built environment business idea or have you just started a new business? Are you seeking support from others in developing your idea or enterprise?

If so, the Shape Programme may be able to help you. From painting and decorating to design consultancy this programme has been created to support entrepreneurs and we encourage everybody and especially diverse founders who are underrepresented in construction and the built environment to apply.

How does Shape work?

SHAPE is a one-to-one developmental mentoring programme which connects founders with volunteer mentors, drawn from a variety of backgrounds, experience and expertise and matched with those wishing to found businesses and or businesses owners. 


Who is Shape for?

SHAPE aims to assist a diverse range of business types who are in the process of starting up or within 2 years of start-up and engaged in craft, consultancy or the development of buildings, spaces and places.

We encourage everyone to participate as mentors and mentees, particularly people who are underrepresented as founders and leaders in the built environment sector including:

  • Women

  • People from black and ethnic minority backgrounds

  • Disabled people

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people (LGBT)

  • People who face socioeconomic disadvantage


SHAPE offers support in negotiating the often opaque, fragile and uncertain terrain for diverse business founders, encompassing everything from direct and skilled labour providers to consultants in the service sector.

The programme offers a vital strategic solution to issues like stalling social mobility, and lagging economic productivity, while presenting positive good news stories for ‘multiplier-effects’ in local economies.”

— -- David Ogunmuyiwa, Founding Partner, ArchitectureDoingPlace and Mayor’s Design Advocate


Next Steps

Enterprise Mentee applications have now closed for 2018 -2019 and will reopen in Autumn 2019. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest updates about our programmes.


Would you like to become a Shape Programme Sponsor?

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We are proud to be supported by the Construction Industry Council.

If you would like to become part of the movement which is making impact on the construction sector then please do get in touch. Contact Danna Walker.

We would be delighted to discuss opportunities. Our programmes are carefully developed and managed to create impact in the short and long term. We engage with a range of companies, organisations and individuals to develop strategies which work for their specific needs.

Most of our sponsors also choose to become directly involved with the delivery of our programmes and we tailor relationships to suit your resources. All programmes offer a range of appropriate opportunities for your staff to volunteer, from technicians to MD.