Application Process and Deadlines for 2024 Cohorts

  • Spring 2024 Cohort (In partnership with the CDVCA Unlock Capital Program) is open to companies creating jobs in low-income regions of the United States. (Specifically, CDFI Investment Areas.) Apply by May 31st at https://www.unlockcapital.org/.
  • Fall 2024 Cohort is open to companies anywhere in the world. Apply by September 15th by reading this page, and then sending your business plan to network@mentorcapitalnet.org. 

What We Do

  • Connect social entrepreneurs to mentors who have dealt with similar problems but are not competing for the same customers. We tailor teams of experts to provide written and video-call feedback on your ideas. Then you and your potential mentors chose each other based on how useful and interesting you found each other. Think of it like a (non-romantic) dating site.
  • Help companies succeed. Companies that we work with, as opposed to companies we almost worked with (that were qualified, and we would have worked with if not for space, timing, etc.) are 32% more likely to be in business when compared year-by-year. Read what our alumni have to say.
  • We do NOT, alas, directly provide funding. So do not submit a funding request to us. 
  • A detailed operational overview of our process is available here.

Who Should Apply (Requirements)

Entrepreneurs who are (1) Building for-profit companies that has social and/or environmental values built into how the business makes money, (2), open to feedback on their business model, and (3) who can commit to the following actions:

  • Four phone/video calls – 2 with MCN team, 2 with prospective mentors.
  • Submit a business plan or detailed pitch deck.
  • Review the feedback we provide on your documents.
  • Follow up with all of your reviewers — either with a simple thank you for their time, or to begin a mentoring relationship with those you found particularly helpful.

Business Plan / Pitch Deck Details

  • How: Email your plan to network@mentorcapitalnet.org as an attached file.
  • Length: Most plans we see are 16-24 pages long. We do not have a formal length limit, but text-heavy plans longer than 30 pages will probably annoy your reviewers.  You may link to additional online resources in your business plan.
  • Cover Page: please include the following logistical information on either the cover page of your plan: Company Name, Contact Name, Contact Email, Country (-ies) of Operation, Website/Social Media (if applicable), a list of who you consider your competitors, a description of what you consider to be your biggest business challenge (other than raising funds).
  • Language: At least one member of the team must speak English. Documents can be in English, Spanish, or French.
  • Do NOT include any intellectual property in the documents. We will not sign NDAs.
  • Format: We do NOT have a specific format to suggest, because the most important thing is that you submit a document that you have written written to and for your leadership team, not for the MCN or someone else. That said, you should cover the items listed below.
    1) What does your company produce or provide?
    2) Who pays for it, are their enough of these people to make your business work, and how will you find them?
    3) What are your financial assumptions?
    4) Who are your competitors and what are the major risks involved?
    5) What advantages do you and your team have that your competitors do not?

Alumni

MCN alumni including companies that are addressing some of the most important challenges in the world. A list of alumni companies still active under their own names can be found here. Some examples include: