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MCN Update: 20 June 2020

We’re looking to mentor social entrepreneurs who don’t want to be told what to do. Starting or growing a for-profit social enterprise? Apply Here by July 13th. We don’t have …

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MCN Update: 21 May 2020

We’re wrapping up our spring cohort, and this is what we are hearing from our entrepreneurs:“Getting feedback from so many different kinds of expertise is huge. It felt very smooth …

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MCN Update: 30 March 2020

Transitions and Resilience Dear Ian, Greetings and Salutations. I hope you are well and safe.In the past few months, the Mentor Capital Network (formerly known as the William James Foundation) has …

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MCN Update: 21 October 2019

Network, Works, Wonders Dear Ian,  Two of my peers, who run well know social impact accelerators, recently told me that they think the MCN runs the best program in the …

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MCN Update: 17 July 2019

The Network Works An international development funder recently told me she liked for-profit social enterprises, because while traditional service providers did good work, if you stopped giving them money, they …

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MCN Update: 15 February 2019

Three Quick Things:1. We’re looking for for-profit social entrepreneurs to support. Our program offers detailed feedback on business plans and connections to mentors, investors, and peer-to-peer networks. We are focused on providing support …

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MCN Update: 7 February 2019

The Mentor Capital Network supports companies that are changing the way business is done. Companies like Folia Water, who are developing an water filter that costs less than a penny a day …

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MCN Update: 31 December 2018

I’d like to share a decade’s worth of lessons learned with you.Since 2007, the Mentor Capital Network has been obsessively tracking how to best support social entrepreneurs to make a …

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MCN Update: 2 July 2018

Putting the Network to Work Over the years, it has become obvious to us at the MCN that the true power of our network is connecting people who are solving …

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MCN Update: 9 November 2017

The Mentor Capital Network is ready to pick our next class of entrepreneurs. And we’d love your input. Just reply to this email if you want to read some of the coolest …

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MCN Update: 21 September 2017

Please help us find some mission-driven entrepreneurs to support.We’re looking for amazing individuals who are starting or growing companies to solve some of the world’s hardest challenges. Challenges like providing clean …

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MCN Update: 12 September 2017

I’ve just returned from two weeks in the desert, watching amazing artists create thousands of acres of sculptures and interactive experiences. (Do an image search for “Black Rock City Art” …

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MCN Update: 15 August 2017

Thoughts for the Mentor Capital Network Community: A friend of mine is in the Intensive Care Unit today, because a few days ago a Nazi hit him with a torch …

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MCN Update: 17 July 2017

Last week we announced our 2017 Sustainable Business Program. If you know any Social Entrepreneurs who would benefit from detailed feedback on their business plans, connections to mentors and investors, and …

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MCN Update: 10 July 2017

Sustainable Business Plan CollaborationApply by October 16th Ladies and Gentlemen, The Mentor Capital Network is pleased to announce that we are now recruiting entrepreneurs and mentors for our 2017-2018 Sustainable …

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MCN Update: 31 May 2017

Join us June 14th at Honest Tea   Join Bethesda Green, DC Net Impact, and the Mentor Capital Network for an evening with Honest Tea. Wednesday, June 14th, 6:30 PMHonest Tea …

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MCN Update: 14 April 2017

Now, more than ever, the world needs successful social entrepreneurs — leaders who can show how and why taking care of our communities and our planet is achievable, important, and …

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MCN Update: 10 March 2017

Please save the date(s) for the Mentor Capital Network’s spring USA tour.If you’re interested in the work of the Mentor Capital Network (formerly known as the William James Foundation), or …

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MCN Update: 2 March 2017

Investors Seeking Dealflow Dear Ian, : Please help out our investors:The Mentor Capital Network (formerly known as the William James Foundation) is regularly asked by our investor partners for examples of …

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MCN Update: 14 February 2017

Field Updates: First, I want to take about Laureate Education. Unlike most of the companies we talk about, they’re not an MCN Alum. But last week, they became the first Public …

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MCN Update: 20 October 2016

Greetings and Salutations. I hope all is well with you. The Mentor Capital Network is ready for our next round of supporting amazing social entrepreneurs from around the world. We …

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MCN Update: 4 October 2016

Thank you once again for joining us last week at the Mentor Capital Network’s 13th Annual Gathering.  If you haven’t already filled out the evaluation, please do so while your …

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MCN Update 16 September 2016

Register Today – Only 2 Weeks To Go! Please register today for MCN’s Annual Gathering and join entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors from our Network for 2+ days of eye-opening conversations, networking opportunities, …

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MCN Update 31 August 2016

Please register today for MCN’s Annual Gathering, our favorite face-to-face gathering of the entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors from our Network. Join this community to engage in 2+ days of intimate conversations …

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MCN Update: 17 August 2016

Please welcome the 40 mission-driven social enterprises we’ve invited to participate in our Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration!  We’re thrilled to welcome these fantastic social enterprises to the Fall Cohort of …

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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 …

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MCN Update: 6 July 2016

Overview of MCN’s 2016 Partnership with Bethesda GreenIn the Spring of 2016, Mentor Capital Network partnered with Bethesda Green for the third straight year to support ten for-profit, environmentally-focused social enterprises as they worked to grow their …

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MCN Update: 28 June 2016

An Evening with Honest TeaPlease join Net Impact and Mentor Capital Network for an evening with Honest Tea. Led by Seth Goldman, “TeaEO” of Honest Tea, you will have the opportunity to hear from the …

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MCN Update: 16 June 2016

From Mayada Hassanain, our Atlas Corps Fellow: Today marks the end of my nine months journey in the United States as an Atlas Corps Fellow serving with the Mentor Capital …

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MCN Update: 8 June 2016

Attention DC-Area Entrepreneurs, Mentors, and InvestorsOur next Investor Fishbowl will be June 20, 2016, in Rockville, MD. It is an opportunity for entrepreneurs behind pre-selected social enterprises to pitch in front of real …

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MCN Update: 25 May 2016

2016 Summer CohortMentor Capital Network’s  Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration And just like that, we’re off and running with a new cohort of mission-driven social enterprises who are developing innovative ways to …

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MCN Update: 22 June 2016

Overview of the Investor Fishbowl It was great to see so many new and familiar faces at Monday’s Investor Fishbowl event in Rockville, MD. Special thanks to our partner, Bethesda Green, for …

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MCN Update: 11 May 2016

Mission Hub LLC in San Francisco is hiring a Social Innovation Manager to create and develop programs that can inspire and expand access to the social enterprise and impact investing …

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MCN Update: 27 April 2016

Collaboration is the key to building an inclusive community.  How can we best support social entrepreneurs and innovators to build an inclusive community in our region and beyond? This was …

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MCN Update: 16 March 2016

Save My Knees.   I am writing you today from Granada, Nicaragua, where I am working with Agora Partnerships and identifying entrepreneurs that the Mentor Capital Network (MCN) should support.  A few weeks …

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MCN Update: 2 March 2016

News & Updates Prizes for the 2016 CollaborationBe sure to check out our growing list of prizes that will be available to our top companies from the2016 Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration.  The MCN …

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MCN Update: 17 February 2016

Clean Energy Prizes Worth $25k in 2016 Big News! The MCN is partnering with the 11th Hour Foundation to provide $25,000 worth of prizes to the top clean energy companies in this year’s …

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MCN Update: 20 January 2016

News & Updates We’re diving right into 2016 and we’re so excited about what this year will bring. This is the first year in which we’re going to offer not …

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MCN Update: 15 December 2015

312 applied from around the world. 38 were invited. MCN is proud to announce our 2016 Spring Cohort consisting of 38 companies. We are excited to work with entrepreneurs from …

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MCN Update: 7 December 2015

Where Mission Drives Margin Hello. I hope all is well with you. I’m writing you as a member of the Mentor Capital Network with three questions:Are you looking for investment, …