MCN Update: 1 August 2016

Apply by Wednesday, August 3rd for a chance to win up to $25,000
 August 3rd is our next deadline for applications to the Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration.

Are you developing ways to combat the world’s dependence on fossil fuels with Clean Energy projects? Are you changing the way people in your community handle waste? What about finding new ways to meet the problems of food and water scarcity that impacts so much of the planet?

The Mentor Capital Network is actively seeking outstanding for-profit social enterprise start-ups and growing companies who are using their mission to drive their financial margin.

You would be part of our regular fall cohort, in which you would receive business plan feedback, connections to mentors and investors, and a chance at our regular prize pool. Companies of all types are encouraged to apply. However, Clean Energy companies in the Fall cohort are  also  eligible for the $25k cash prize sponsored by The 11th Hour Project.
Join Us September 30 – October 1 in Washington, DC
The MCN Annual Gathering is the largest gathering of our community. Mentors, entrepreneurs, and investors will descend on Washington DC to share lessons, education, and work on how we can best support each other. Join us!

We’re thrilled to welcome Tom Chi to our event. As the former head of product design for X (formerly known as Google X), he knows first hand what’s needed to successfully prototype both products and processes. He’s hosting a 2 1/2 hour Rapid Prototyping workshop to our attendees. Space is limited for this exciting workshop, so be sure to apply today!
Where you’ll find the MCN Team 
(If you’re going to be at any of these events, let me know at

August 29 – September 3 in Black Rock City, NV.  
Members of the Mentor Capital Network will be participating in a variety of social enterprise and impact investing events at this year’s Burning Man gathering. We will be hosting our own “goldfish bowl” at camp IAMU, and working with the NEXUS team at camp IDEATE. Find details in the “What When Where” guide.  
September 13-16 in San Francisco, CA.
SOCAP is the largest social enterprise focused conference in the United States. The MCN team will be represented, as will many of our entrepreneurs.

October 9-14 in Cancun, Mexico
Opportunity Collaboration is a gathering of some of the leading figures in the worldwide fight against poverty. MCN will be part of the conversation.

November 3-6 in Philadelphia, PA
Both SVN and Net Impact conferences will be held in Philadelphia, PA in the first weekend of November. We’ll be there, and hope to see you at one of them. & 
Latin American Entrepreneurs: Check out Agora Partnerships

The Mentor Capital Network is pleased to partner with Agora Partnerships, a social impact accelerator that is focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. They are looking for applicants for their 2017 program, and if you fit the qualifications below, we encourage you to apply.

They are looking for companies who are:solving social and environmental challenges in Latin America and the Caribbeanearly or growth stage, past proof-of-concept,currently looking for investment to scale,legally incorporated as a for-profit structure with basic accounting systems in place,average annual income of USD $50K to $2MM,making a social or environmental impact that is clear, measurable and sustainable.
You are why we’re a “Network”
You are Entrepreneurs. You are Mentors. You are Investors. We are a network of all of those.

What makes you awesome is your passion and your desire to actively support entrepreneurs as they strive to find environmentally friendly and socially impactful ways to address the world’s biggest problems.
You are why we’re a “network.” 
All we can offer you is each other.  To that end, we strive to develop meaningful ways to build connections with, to learn from, and to inspire each other. 
The Mentor Capital Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and depends entirely on the support of donors like you. If you like the work that we do to support start-up and growing social enterprises around the globe, please contribute today. 
The Mentor Capital Network is a trade name of the William James Foundation,
a registered 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible.