Our mentors have a front row-seat with world-changing social entrepreneurs, helping them to launch and scale their ideas.
Most of our mentors have created, managed, invested in, or studied multiple-bottom-line companies. Some are subject matter experts. Most are entrepreneurs themselves. A partial list of our mentors can be found here.
All of our mentors start as reviewers. We do this so that both the mentor and the entrepreneur choose each other on the basis of finding value in what they had to say to each other. Every aspect of our program is designed to create mentoring relationships that are interesting, engaging and valuable for everyone involved.
Social entrepreneurs from around the world send us their business plans, and we select companies for our program based on two main criteria:
- Will they have a significant positive impact on the world?
- Can the MCN community help them succeed?
The MCN builds a team of 12-15 reviewers for each plan, who are chosen for diversity of perspective and expertise 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 2-3 hours per plan. All of this is done remotely, on the reviewer’s schedule. During this time, video chats are offered to give mentors a chance to ask clarification calls and everyone a chance to meet each other.
At the end of the review, mentors can either offer to engage with the entrepreneur or remain anonymous. It is then up to the entrepreneur to follow up to start the mentoring relationship.