Frequently Answered Questions about our application process

  • You must represent a for-profit start-up or growing company that has a social, environmental, and/or cultural mission that strengthens your company’s financial margin.
  • You must be open to receiving feedback on your business ideas from reviewers, including industry and regional experts, investors, lawyers, and accountants from around the globe. You must be open to changing your business model, otherwise we can not really help you.
  • You must be interested in building an ongoing relationship with a mentor.
  • You must be able to submit your documents in English, Spanish, or French. Our team’s primary language is English, so if you are working in Spanish or French, please have at least one person we can communicate with in English.
  • There is no fee to apply.
  • If accepted, there is a small processing fee, ranging from $10 to $250, based on how you came to us and your country of origin. Details on that are on this page. We have found that the quality and quantity of applications goes up when we add that fee.
  • The application takes an average of 45 minutes to fill out, according to past entrants.
  • If you have already have an existing 2-5 page summary of your program, use that. (In which case the application should take no more than 10 minutes.)
  • If you recently applied to a similar program, you can (probably) use that application. We accept applications that have been submitted to Agora Partnerships, Echoing Green, Fledge, Global Social Benefit Institute, Seed Spot, Uncharted, and Village Capital. Just send us the same paperwork you sent them. If you applied to a similar impact-based accelerator that is not on the above list, send it to us and we will consider it. Please do this as soon as possible, definitely before October 8th, in case it doesn’t work for us and we need to you to submit in our format instead.
  • You may re-submit your application as many times as you want before the October 16th deadline.
  • Your leadership team can be any age or educational status.
  • Your company can be based anywhere on earth.
  • You can be pre- or post- revenue.
  • You may submit plans for hybrids, or for-profits that are owned by non-profits. But the entity itself must be for-profit.
  • In addition to judging your application on business viability and potential social impact, we also look for companies that we have the specific mentors and resources to help.
  • We do not distribute grants. Any for-profit or non-profit organizations that apply looking only to receive funds will not be considered.
  • The full criteria by which we judge if you are a good fit for our program are listed here.
  • A summary of our program timeline and process is here.
  • An overly-detailed description of our program timeline and process is here.

Did we miss anything? Let us know at questions@mentorcapitalnet.org.

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