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Be Your Own Mentor. Part 3: Mentorship Support, Online Communities, and Talent Pools

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This is a blog post in the series “Resources for impact entrepreneurs”:  Be Your Own Mentor. Part 3. 

Part 1 can be found here.

Part 2 can be found here.

Part 4 can be found here.

Mentorship Support:

Global

MovingWorlds: helping social enterprises in the ‘pioneer gap’ access the skills to overcome any challenge, while helping the professionals who volunteer their expertise find more purpose in their work and accelerate their for-good careers.

Expert Impact: supporting social entrepreneurs to scale, with introductions, mentoring and advice through the Human Lending Library.

All Good Ventures: business mentoring support from volunteers with ‘muscle’ to help social enterprises.

Ashoka: several mentorship programs.

MicroMentor: a community connecting mentors and entrepreneurs from all over the world to help small businesses thrive.

Tech2impact: mentorship support from experienced founders, industry leaders, and experts to startups on their entrepreneurial path in scaling impact.

Lunt Foundation: providing networking for entrepreneurs fostering a better world for humans and the planet alike.

Mentor Capital Network: helping mission-driven entrepreneurs build companies that will be socially, environmentally, and financially sustainable: business plans review, detailed feedback, mentorship.

Social Sector Network: providing top-quality entrepreneurial training to empower innovative leaders around the world.

Legacy International: Global Transformation Corps, live training and coaching events for a select cohort of social entrepreneurs so they can launch and scale their ventures; and a purposeful online network of impact investors, expert coaches and next generation entrepreneurs dedicated to shifting the world to sustainable economies.

Youth Business International: supporting underserved young entrepreneurs (18 – 35 years) to start, grow and sustain their businesses – enabling them to create jobs, build communities and transform lives.

FuseChange: free consulting services for entrepreneurs that are impacting social and environmental change in their community.

SAIRA: a digital matchmaking platform that tackles the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by bringing established experts together with upstart innovators and facilitating long-term initiatives.

Eos Entrepreneur Foundation: supporting social entrepreneurs through coaching, a comprehensive online self-assessment, an analysis of the social entrepreneur’s strengths and weaknesses as well as identifying needs and priorities for improvement.

Regional & National

Enablis: supporting SME entrepreneurs who create jobs in developing and emerging countries, leading to sustainable economic growth.

Mentores de Impacto: 3-month mentorship support programs in Spanish.

AirAsia Foundation: mentorship for social enterprises.

Uptima Bootcamp: holistic and culturally relevant education, advising, and community to support US-based diverse entrepreneurs in creating thriving businesses in service to their communities.

NewME: an entrepreneurship education program, serving early-stage business founders and their teams through mentorship, specialized curriculums in US.

Kindle VC: mentorship and EIR support for startups in US and India; the focus sectors include agritech and social impact.

Online Communities/Networking:

Impact HUB: one of the world’s largest networks focused on building entrepreneurial communities for impact at scale.

1MillionStartups: a global platform in support of startups and entrepreneurs who are dedicated to solving real-life problems and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Startup Basecamp: a community for founders, investors, and experts seeking to connect, share, and empower each other to fight climate change with a global #impact.

Ashoka: several networking programs.

Impact Consulting: a global network of aspiring and professional Consultants, who want to make a positive impact on the world.

Earth Ambition: the global community improving wellness & growth of impact-driven freelancers, founders & startups.

Nexus Community: a global community sharing solutions, business opportunities and knowledge on water nexus thematics.

Talent Networks of Skill-based Volunteers:

Global

Matchable: reimagining volunteering by offering employees unique upskilling opportunities working with exciting non-profits and impact startups.

ShareNest: a social enterprise that matches capable volunteers with NGOs & social impact projects around the world.

Taproot Foundation: helping social change organizations solve critical challenges in their communities with the support of skilled volunteers sharing their expertise pro bono. 

DataKind: providing social change organizations with the pro bono data science innovation team they need to boost impact in the fields of education, poverty, health, human rights, the environment and cities.

Gusher: a startup platform helping companies launch using time equity; everything, incl. health, food.

uBegin: an online platform to look for collaborators.

All Good Ventures: support from volunteers with ‘muscle’ to help social enterprises with small jobs.

Virtual Internships: international interns for any project, anywhere, anytime.

National

Encore Fellowships: matching skilled, seasoned professionals with social sector organizations in high impact, paid leadership engagements in the US.

CommuniHelp: matching skilled professionals with the right volunteer opportunities, while helping organizations recruit and retain the right volunteers.

If you opt for individual guidance, you are just one step away.

Here are other blog posts from the series “Resources for impact entrepreneurs”: 

Dozens of Growth Opportunities for Impactpreneurs: Online Programs, Fellowships, Challenges, Pitch Competitions, Bootcamps, Incubators, Accelerators, and more

Opportunities for Women Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 1: Learn and Grow

Opportunities for Women Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 2: Funding Solutions

1-Year Challenge. Impact Idea #1. Part 1: Impact Investing Platforms, Founders&Funders Dilemma, and Hundreds of Funding Opportunities for Impact Ventures

1-Year Challenge. Impact Idea #1. Part 2: Founder’s Bias, and Dozens of Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs

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