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Be Your Own Mentor Resources for Impact Ventures

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 1: Tools and Online Platforms

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Weekly Digests (upcoming deadlines for impactpreneurs: programs, fellowships, challenges, pitch events, bootcamps, incubators, accelerators, funding opportunities)

There are many online platforms with resources for impact startups and you can therefore compile different (often free) materials and courses in order to build your own curriculum. If you prefer to move forward on your own, here is the first part in the series ‘’Be Your Own Mentor’’. 

Part 2: Online Programs and Courses

Part 3: Mentorship Support, Online Communities, and Talent Pools

Part 4: Pitch Decks, Raising Capital, Impact Investing

Tools and Templates:

Social Change Central: a collection of free social enterprise tools.

Social Lean Canvas: an online tool with social lean canvas templates.

Canvanizer: a web tool with easy to share canvas templates.

Business Makeover platform: a platform with business model tools.

Strategyzer: canvases templates and other tools.

LEANSTACK: lean canvas tool and more. 

37 Angels: tools.

Innov8social: tools to make social entrepreneurship and impact leadership more accessible and actionable.

ImpactPHL: Investable Impact Toolkit, basics for enterprises to begin identifying, tracking, and articulating impact.

For Impact: Learning Library.

Online platforms:

Y Combinator: startup library, an online platform to find a co-founder.

Social Ventures Australia: a business planning guide for social enterprises.

UnLtd: a suite of training guides to support.

MovingWorlds: Social Entrepreneur Guide

Cartier Women’s Initiative: courses, videos, and articles.

Queen’s Commonwealth Trust: a range of free learning materials and useful links to help you build your leadership and enterprise skills.

Envolve Entrepreneurship: resources to grow business or work on a new business idea.

Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs: learning resources for social enterprises.

REDFworkshop: free resources for employment social enterprises.

Yunus&Youth: resources for social entrepreneurs.

Triple Crown Leadership: social entrepreneurship resources.

VillageCapital: PlayBook on Team Building.

Kauffman Entrepreneurs: learning materials (Develop Ideas, Get Started).

Pioneer Post: collections of resources.

Makesense Spot: videos, podcasts, articles, templates and all you need for your impact project.

Sopact: Social Impact Resources.

Buy Social Scotland: Bootcamp Resources – Practical Marketing Tips for Social Enterprises.

Hatch Enterprise: a helpful list of resources to help you and your business get through these challenging times.

Reach for Change: Tools to support your journey as a social entrepreneur (courses and templates).

Social Innovation Community: Learning Repository (innovation tools and resources).

Swedish Institute: toolbox for the social business.

RoundPeg Benefit: resources for impact ventures.

NESsT: tools & resources designed especially for social entrepreneurs.

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Stay tuned on Linkedin and Twitter for more useful resources and updates on online programs, fellowships, awards, competitions, incubators, accelerators.

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