Be Your Own Mentor Resources for Impact Ventures

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: Tools and Online Platforms

Part 2: Online Programs and Courses

Part 4: Pitch Decks, Raising Capital, Impact Investing

Mentorship Support:


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.

MovingWorlds: TRANSFORM Support Hub, pro-bono support from skilled professionals, access to corporate connections, and network of investors.

Expert Impact: accelerating the impact of social entrepreneurs by connecting them with world-leading business experts for free advice and mentoring.

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.

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.

Makesense Spot: more than 350 mentors for your impact project.

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.

Meaningful Business: a curated community of CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors and sustainability leaders sustainability leaders tackling the world’s most pressing issues. 

SEIP: International Networking Club, where fellow social entrepreneurs support each other by sharing their experiences and discussing their challenges in business development.

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 Collective: an online community platform where industry leaders, budding entrepreneurs and user communities converge and make positive impacts together.

Greentech Alliance: bringing together green technology businesses, that fight climate change with their products and services in the most responsible and respectful to our planet manner, to support them with advice about funding, impact, visibility and strategy with the help of top VCs, journalists, advisors and entrepreneurs.

World Benchmarking Alliance: representing organisations working at global, regional, and local levels to shape the private sector’s contributions to achieving the SDGs.

The League of Intrapreneurs: a global movement of love-driven innovators changing the world from the inside out.

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

Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers: an international community of impact lawyers working towards a just transition to a zero-carbon global economy, and a new economic paradigm, underpinned by a legal framework that works for all stakeholders.

Zebras Unite: a community of entrepreneurs, investors and allies dedicated to building companies that balance both profit and purpose. 

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

UMI Community: a social network dedicated to innovative projects of tomorrow in all fields.

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

Sustainable Ocean Alliance: access to special events, funding opportunities, fellowships, new programs, and to connect with SOA’s global community of ocean leaders and entrepreneurs.

Ocean Community: enabling sustainable solutions leveraging ocean resources to resolve ocean challenges.

Small But Perfectly Formed: a network of 45,000 members committed to fashion and sustainability.

Food Tech Matters: Live community to gain a more personalised experience, save your favourite reads and the ability to engage with the content in a more interactive way.

Eatable Adventures: access the resources and connections to make your startup thrive.

Red De Impacto: red de organizaciones de apoyo al emprendimiento impacto para la regeneración socioeconómica y medioambiental de LATAM.


EIT Communities: Climate-KIC, EIT Food, EIT Health, EIT InnoEnergy, EIT RawMaterials, EIT Urban Mobility.

Talent Networks of Skill-based Volunteers:

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.

Solve for Good: Data Science Volunteers for Social Good Projects.

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

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

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