The story of The Mentoring Club began in March 2020 as an initiative during the first Corona Lockdown in Germany. Jessica Dewald and Bastian Buch published a Linkedin post offering their time as pro bono mentors to the public. In just a few days, they received dozens of registrations from interested mentees as well as numerous requests from their network to join the initiative and also donate time as mentors. In early April 2020, the founders crafted a simple website using Google Sites and a simple form to register for a session. They registered the domain mentoring-club.com and launched the website on April 12, 2020.
In addition to the website, a Linkedin company profile was created to help share the initiative and the website to even more people, a designer from their network created a logo (which is the same logo they use today), and the idea behind the initiative was condensed as editorial contents for the website and to share with a broader audience. Within the first 4 weeks since the first launch 75 people from around the world registered as mentors on The Mentoring Club, some of them still active members of the community. 102 people on the other side requested mentoring sessions about a wide spectrum of topics: career coaching, reviewing CVs, becoming an Agile Coach or a Product Manager, reviewing early startup ideas, and many other topics.