The Mentor Scorecard is an online form which feeds directly into our database, which makes the process efficient for the MCN team. However, we recognize that this does not always make it easy for you, our beloved reviewers. So we have included all the open-text questions from the scorecard below in a format that can be easily copied into the word-processing document of your choice, so that, if you wish, you can write your comments out first, and then paste them into the online form. The final scorecard must be filled out in the online form, which also includes several multiple-choice questions not included below.

Product and/or Service
Score: __ Poor / __ Adequate / __ Fair / __ Good / __ Outstanding
* Do you understand their product or service?
* Do you understand the problem that it will solve?

Customers / Marketing
Score: __ Poor / __ Adequate / __ Fair / __ Good / __ Outstanding / __ No Score Provided
* Do they know who will pay for their product or service?
* Do they know how many of these people there are?
* Do they have a good plan to identify and sell to them?

Your comments in this section could also cover:
* Do they understand how their market might change?
* What have they learned from market testing and/or operations?
* Do they have a clear pricing strategy?

Competition / Risks
Score: __ Poor / __ Adequate / __ Fair / __ Good / __ Outstanding / __ No Score Provided
* Do they know who their competitors are?
* Do they know how their product is different?
* Do they understand major risks to their business model?

Your comments in this section could also cover:
* Have they identified barriers to entry?
* If appropriate, do they have the necessary Intellectual Property protection?

Team and partners
Score: __ Poor / __ Adequate / __ Fair / __ Good / __ Outstanding / __ No Score Provided
* Do they have the staff, partners, & champions they will need?
* If not, do they have a plan to recruit them?

Your comments for this section could also cover:
* Other than their team, who else will be invested in their success?

Revenue Model
Score: __ Poor / __ Adequate / __ Fair / __ Good / __ Outstanding / __ No Score Provided
Are their revenue assumptions reasonable?

If they are seeking investment (debt or equity)
* Do they describe what they plan to do with the money?
* Do they describe how that investment will get them to a discernible next stage where they can either be cash-flow positive, or be more attractive to later stage investors?

Your comments for this section could also cover:
* Costs of goods sold
* Pricing strategy

Does their mission support their margin?
Score: __ Poor / __ Adequate / __ Fair / __ Good / __ Outstanding

Scores here should reflect social, environmental, and/or cultural benefits that are integrated into how the company makes money. (E.g. Charitable Donations or Buy-One-Give-One should not be rewarded here unless they have a specific business value.) Some examples of how previous MCN companies have done this include:

  • Using diversity (gender, class, ethnicity, ability etc. as a strength
  • Using waste as product
  • Making long-term investments in employees to reduce turnover
  • De-risking environmental issues for the company and its customers
  • Empowering and training employees as both a sales force and a force for their community
  • Taking a holistic Gender Lens approach.

Viability
Score: __ Poor / __ Adequate / __ Fair / __ Good / __ Outstanding

Do you think this is a viable business in its current form? What do you see as their strongest asset? What do you see as their biggest challenge? (This counts for 50% of the overall score)

This section is the place to put comments that do not fit in any other category (e.g. presentation and design, anything that was left out, etc.) and to share resource suggestions (websites, people, etc.) for the entrepreneurs.

Your comments for this section could also cover:
* How will they know when they have succeeded?
* Will this company transform the industry around itself?
* What are the best aspects of the plans?
* What aspects most concern you?

12. Can we give your name and email to the Entrepreneur(s)?
__ Yes, I would be happy to mentor this business!
__ Yes, I would be happy to engage in a single follow-up conversation (by phone, email, or in person as appropriate).
__  No. Please leave me anonymous to the entrepreneur and other mentors.

Reviewer Context
Give the entrepreneur a sense of your perspective as you reviewed their business plan.