Starting a social enterprise comes with many unique challenges, namely running a business and balancing the social impact that is at the root of your existence. At SocialVentures we understand the struggles that come with business growth and know that having a mentor by your side can be extremely helpful.
The SE Catalyst Mentor Matching Program is an opportunity to connect with an individual who not only understands your struggle, but is willing to volunteer their time to help you navigate the complicated world of starting a social enterprise. Based on your responses to the application below, we will match you with a mentor who has indicated both their willingness and ability to help. Then, throughout the next few months, you will have an ally, partner, and hopefully a friend, that can answer your complicated questions.
- Applications: SECatalyst Participants will complete a short application about their business and what they are looking to achieve from the mentor program. At the same time, interested Mentors will complete a short application about their abilities to help the participants.
- Information share: Catalyst Participants will be sent information about Mentors; Mentors will be sent information about Catalyst Participants. Each group will rank their top three choices to work with.
- In-person meetings: In a round-robin interview-style meeting, Catalyst Participants and Mentors will meet to ensure there is a synergy between individuals.
- Matching: Based on feedback from the in-person meeting, Catalyst Participants and Mentors will be matched and notified.
Application Deadline: Friday, February 16th
Mentor Rankings sent: Wednesday, February 21st
Ranking Deadline: Wednesday, February 28th
Matching Notification: Wednesday, March 7th
In-person Meetings: Wednesday, March 21st