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Be Your Own Mentor. Part 4: Pitch Decks, Raising Capital, Impact Investing

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UPD: 100+ Growth Opportunities for Impact Startups: Online Programs, Fellowships, Challenges, Pitch Competitions, Bootcamps, Incubators, Accelerators, and more

This is a blog post in the series “Resources for impact entrepreneurs”:  Be Your Own Mentor. Part 4. 

Part 1 can be found here.

Part 2 can be found here.

Part 3 can be found here.

Pitch Deck Templates:

Founder Institute: pitch deck templates.

The Female Founders Lab: free tutorial and deck template.

Venture University: startup resources (pitch deck, investment evaluation, etc.).

37 Angels: resources and blog by investors (ventures hacks, pitch decks, fundraising checklist, list of blogs by investors).

JumpStart Foundry: Healthcare Startup Resources (incl.pitch deck template).

Raising Capital:

Linkedin Learning: raising capital.  

Y Combinator: startup library (fundraising+investors).

Female Founders Fund: VC resources.

SoGal Foundation: courses on investing, breaking into VC, and more.

Kauffman Entrepreneurs: learning materials (Grow Your Business: approaching investors).

WAMVentures: resources and tools (angel investing, venture deals, etc.).

MergeLane: resources (incl.investment cases, venture capital, etc.).

Marigold Capital: resources (incl.podcasts on venture capital).

Drawdown Fund: a series of the books, articles, talks and resources that have been instrumental in helping build the Drawdown Fund (incl.investing).

Impact Investing:

Sopact: impact investing guide.

Next Wave Capital: resources (angel investing, venture capital investing, crowdfunding resources, etc.).

CASE Smart Impact Capital: an online toolkit to help make impact investment fundraising easier.

venturedeals: standard forms of documents used for early stage financings.

Talgra: Invest with Values, a free educational resource that connects the dots between related investment areas including local banking, community investing, impact investing, and socially responsible investing.

Nia: diversity resources (incl.a due diligence guide for investing, etc.).

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

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

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

Get access to dozens of upcoming deadlines (online programs, fellowships, awards, competitions, incubators, accelerators, and more) for $15/month. You can also follow #LVfinds on Twitter and Linkedin for occasional updates.

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

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Have a remote opening? Do not hesitate to share it with the Remote (global and regional) Impact Jobs group

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

Get access to dozens of upcoming deadlines (online programs, fellowships, awards, competitions, incubators, accelerators, and more) for $15/month. You can also follow #LVfinds on Twitter and Linkedin for occasional updates.

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Be Your Own Mentor. Part 2: Online Programs and Courses

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UPD: 100+ Growth Opportunities for Impact Startups: Online Programs, Fellowships, Challenges, Pitch Competitions, Bootcamps, Incubators, Accelerators, and more

This is a blog post in the series “Resources for impact entrepreneurs”:  Be Your Own Mentor. Part 2. 

Part 1 can be found here.

Part 3 can be found here.

Part 4 can be found here.

Courses for Career Changers:

Escape The City: a collection of courses to help people changing careers.

TechChange: online professional development courses and events in technology and social change.

On Purpose: Associate and Pathfinder helping people transition into careers, but more profoundly lives, with more meaning and purpose.

Courses for Impactpreneurs:

edX: Enabling Entrepreneurs to Shape a Better World; Responsible Innovation: Building Tomorrow’s Responsible Firms; Responsible Innovation: Ethics, Safety and Technology; Data Ethics, AI and Responsible Innovation; Innovation: From Plan to Product; Capstone Economics and Policies for a Circular Economy; Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, and more.

Coursera: Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation; Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Entrepreneurs and Innovators; Business Strategies for Social Impact, and more.

EVPA: online courses on social impact.

Springboard: Social Entrepreneurship online course.

Good Hustle: online programs to help creating enterprises for impact.

The Good Business Roadmap: an 11-week start up course for first-time, purpose-led entrepreneurs, guiding you through the journey of turning a business idea into a sustainable venture.

IIX Institute: a diverse selection of courses and programs related to sustainable finance, business, and leadership.

New Ventures Academy: online courses on impact entrepreneurship in Spanish.

Social Sector Network: Social Sector Network Academy, courses to empower innovative leaders around the world.

BonBillo: a social entrepreneurship platform with lecture videos, quizzes, milestone deliverables, group webinars and discussion forums to launch your social impact startup.

Earth Ambition: courses for entrepreneurs and freelancers working to make this world a better place.

Social Enterprise Academy: Global Learning Lab, supporting the development of the social enterprise movement by strengthening practitioner-led, peer learning.

Social Impact Hub: a FREE workshop series as part of the RISE program.

Social UP Project: Design Thinking Field Guide for social enterprises.

Fitzroy Academy: ‘’Design for Impact and Scale’’ course.

Acumen Academy: courses and masterclasses for social enterprises.

Effective Altruism: EA Virtual Programs are opportunities for anyone around the world to engage intensively with the ideas of effective altruism through readings, videos, podcasts, and weekly small-group discussions.

Shift/Co: training materials designed to help you grow your conscious business and further develop your entrepreneurial skills.

In Place Impact: certification program in impact economics

INCO Academy: programs are designed for the new and diverse talents who want to be at the forefront of innovation (course for impact entrepreneurs, ‘’get into green’’).

SoGal Foundation: SoGal Academy with a mission to close the global diversity gap in entrepreneurship and investing.

Hatch Enterprise: online courses for diverse and impact entrepreneurs.

Specialized courses and programs:

Supply Chain School: a completely free Supply Chain Sustainability School.

Sociedade Ponto Verde: digital open innovation program, focused on circular economy and digital disruption of packaging waste.

Global and regional fellowships can be found here.

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

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

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

Get access to dozens of upcoming deadlines (online programs, fellowships, awards, competitions, incubators, accelerators, and more) for $15/month. You can also follow #LVfinds on Twitter and Linkedin for occasional updates.

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

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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 can be found here.

Part 3 can be found here.

Part 4 can be found here.

Tools and Templates:

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.

Online platforms:

Y Combinator: startup library.

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.

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

100+ startups offering free products and services

Have you ever wondered, why professional athletes have coaches? Right, this allows them to progress faster, and if you opt for individual guidance, you are just one step away.

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

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

Stay tuned on Linkedin and Twitter for more useful resources. Follow #LVfinds on Twitter for daily updates for your impact venture to start and progress faster (online programs, fellowships, awards, competitions, incubators, accelerators, and more).