Mentoring from the best

"The obstacles the social entrepreneurs have to overcome and the dedication required to succeed, compared to what we have here...the contrast is incredible. It's pretty inspiring."
- Tim Haley, Board Member of Netflix

The GSBI is differentiated from any other accelerator or incubator by the quality and in-depth mentoring delivered by Silicon Valley business executives with decades of experience and connections. GSBI Mentors are successful Silicon Valley executives, many of whom are founders of NASDAQ companies, venture capitalists, and executives at Fortune 500 companies.


Profile Of A Mentor

Some of our mentors are founders and CEOs. Others are domain experts in finance, sales, marketing and business development. Still others are venture capitalists, investors, or lawyers with mergers and acquisition experience. Most mentors return year after year because they find the process to be personally fulfilling and a great opportunity to give back.

We are looking for mentors with strong business and operational experience. While ideal mentors exhibit a number of qualities, we are especially seeking individuals with a passion to become a trusted advisor. The mentors must have the interpersonal skills to interact and empathize with a person from a different culture, who is often struggling with minimal resources and funding.

In-depth Mentoring with GSBI Accelerator and GSBI Online

During GSBI Accelerator and GSBI Online programs our mentors coach, educate, and encourage participating social entrepreneurs for two hours a week for the duration of our 10 or 6 month programs. 

On average, our GSBI Accelerator program participants benefit from 300 hours or more of individual attention from their mentors.The social entrepreneurs who attend the GSBI cite the mentors as the most valuable aspect of the experience and superior to other accelerators.

Becoming a mentor requires a minimum time commitment. Typically, a mentor will commit one or two hours per week, most of which is focused on the interaction with social entrepreneurs.

Workshop Mentoring with GSBI Boost

Our mentors also have the opportunity to travel and work shoulder-to-shoulder with the social entrepreneurs in their respective countries. In the GSBI Boost program, the mentors are fully engaged over an intense 3-day workshop targeted toward early stage social entrepreneurs.

Mentors coach social entrepreneurs during group breakout sessions, provide feedback as participants work through their deliverables, and have the opportunity to provide support after the GSBI Boost.

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