Our mentors have a front row-seat with world-changing social entrepreneurs, helping them to launch and scale their ideas. We engage mentors to work with our entrepreneurs in three ways: business plan review, challenge calls, & 1-on-1 mentoring. Interested in being a reviewer and/or mentor? Sign up here.
Business Plan Review
Social entrepreneurs from around the world send us their business plans, and the companies that we can help to have a positive impact on the world are invited to join our community. The MCN builds a team of 12-15 reviewers for each plan, who are chosen for diversity of perspective (marketing, finance, operations, etc.) with a focus on individuals who are addressing the same challenges but not competing for the same customers. Reviewers have 30 days to provide constructive commentary on the business plans, which takes about two hours per plan and happens on your own schedule. The MCN provides detailed guidance, based on more than 7,500 previous reviews, as to what kind of comments are most helpful to the entrepreneurs. At the end of the review, you are given the option to offer the entrepreneur a one time call, to offer to be a mentor, or to ask to remain anonymous. Both the entrepreneur and the other reviewers of the same plan see all the feedback provided to that company. A detailed overview of that process can be found here.
We’ve worked with Mentors and Entrepreneurs operating in more than 100 countries. This gives us access to hundreds of social entrepreneurs who are addressing the same challenges but not competing for the same customers. We use this to run peer-to-(non-competitive) peer calls and meetings where entrepreneurs and mentors can share best practices among fellow practitioners.
Our mentor relationships are created when both the mentor and the entrepreneur choose each other on the basis of finding value in what you each had to say to each other. You’ve read their business plan, so you have a sense of them. They’ve read your feedback, so they have a sense of you. Every aspect of our program is designed around this — giving mentors and entrepreneurs a chance to see if they can add value to each other before entering into the mentoring relationship. Most of our mentors have created, managed, invested in, or studied multiple-bottom-line companies. We have subject-matter experts in areas where we see a lot of entrants (e.g. renewable energy, base-of-the-pyramid business development, impact investing, sustainable agriculture, public health, etc.) as well as many individuals who are currently building their own sustainable companies. A partial list of our mentors can be found here.