Become a Mentor
The Chance to Merge Business Acumen with Social Impact
As a Social Innovation Accelerator mentor, you use your acumen and expertise to help our Fellows refine their business and financial models and launch their products and services.
Who are our Mentors?
Our mentors are successful entrepreneurs, executives, academic thought-leaders, social change makers, leading philanthropists, public policy advocates, investors and consultants. Their experience, networks, pragmatism and knowledge of the private and public sectors enable our social entrepreneurs to move forward faster and build sustainable businesses that make a lasting change in our community.
What do our Mentors do?
Mentors play an important, active role in ongoing training, development and follow-up for a specific team(s) during their Fellowship. Mentors and teams will be matched based on the mentor’s subject matter expertise, experience and interests and the unique needs of each team.
The ultimate role of the mentor is to help their team refine their business model, improve their product/service and grow their business during the accelerator program. Mentors often continue a relationship with the team post-graduation, thereby strengthening the ties and impact of the program throughout the community.
As new Fellows are selected, we work to match them with mentors whose skills match the team’s challenges. Teams are assigned a Lead Mentor along with additional mentors to address needs over time. Mentors assigned to a team must commit to the minimum time required for mentoring activities.
In monthly status meetings, mentors and fellows come together to address specific challenges such as how to manage cash flow problems or how to price their product or service. Mentors’ experience in the private sector often provides a unique perspective and insight into solutions Fellows may not have considered.
Sometimes simply speaking with the right person can unblock a critical situation and allow a project to grow. Along each mentor’s career, they’ve built an extensive network and their relationships can give a much-needed lift to the development of a social venture. We ask that mentors “open their rolodex” to help to connect teams with resources.
Lead Mentors are assigned to a specific team and dedicate time to coordinate the efforts of other assigned mentors, ensuring the team receives consistent advice and recommendations.
Outside of Pitch Days, additional opportunities are available throughout the year for Fellows to share their milestone progress or pitches with the entire mentor group for review and feedback. These sessions are critical to broaden the exposure of the team, gain insights from mentors who may not work with them on a regular basis, and prepare the team for future fundraising efforts.
How do I become a Mentor?
Social Innovation Accelerator mentor spots are currently full. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor in the future, please fill out this interest form. We’ll keep it on file to reference in the future when we’re looking to add new members.Sign Up