The Mentor Capital Network is a non-profit organization that draws on a global web of experienced mentors and investors to provide support to early stage, visionary entrepreneurs who are using business to solve the world’s biggest social, economic, and environmental problems.
We believe that a significant part of breaking the cycle of poverty and environmental degradation will come through sustainable, for-profit social enterprises that create evolving, long-term solutions.
We recognize that early-stage entrepreneurs who seek to serve customers in emerging and underdeveloped economies frequently struggle to access the knowledge, resources, and risk-tolerant capital they require to succeed. To help social entrepreneurs have the lasting social and environmental impact they seek, we engage them with our community of over 1,000 of the world’s best regional, business, and subject matter experts and investors.
We are dedicated to finding the best mentor(s) for each entrepreneur, one who will ensure that each entrepreneur receives access to the knowledge and resources they’ll need to face their challenges. Our mentors know first-hand what it takes to move a vision from an idea to an enterprise.
Since 2002, the MCN has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs launch organizations that have gone on to (cumulatively) create more than 20,000 jobs. Since the MCN supports for-profit companies where “mission drives margin,” our entrepreneurs make the world a better place with their success. These businesses have focused on clean energy, sustainable agriculture, educational innovation, sustainable construction, financial access, and dozens of other critical areas.
Goals of the Mentor Capital Network
- Ongoing mentorship relationships where entrepreneurs and mentors choose each other
To connect entrepreneurs and mentors so that they can build ongoing mentoring relationships that are meaningful and beneficial to both of them.
- Support that doesn’t cost time
To provide our support in a way that doesn’t take those entrepreneurs away from running their companies.
- Detailed and constructive feedback
To provide entrepreneurs with detailed and constructive feedback on their business ideas. And to provide reviewers with an opportunity to see what other smart and experienced people had to say about the same business plans that they read.
- Building a network of founders and peers solving similar problems
To engage mentors and entrepreneurs in a peer-to-peer support network addressing similar challenges in non-competitive markets. We are dedicated to connecting people who are solving the same problems from different perspective, so they can learn from and strengthen each other’s efforts.
- Using our data to strengthen the field
To collect and use data on how to build the most diverse and effective team of reviewers, mentors, and advisers for various kinds of social enterprises. And to share our analysis with our field.
- Prizes for the best companies
We offer cash and in-kind prizes for our top teams that are worth more than $30,000.
The Mentor Capital Network (MCN) is the trade name of the William James Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Washington, DC. Our US IRS EIN is 32-0048343.