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

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.

The GSBI Mentors help take the company to the next level in terms of having a business plan that would potentially reach the scale that would be of interest to us in terms of a “social impact” perspective. If the company has gone through the GSBI Accelerator, we believe that there is a greater likelihood that we can engage with the company in a meaningful way to allocate capital give the GSBI mentors have already prepared them for the questions we will eventually ask, have their rebuttals ready, have a decent understanding of the partner landscape, and their expectations are reasonably set.
— Thomas Light, Manager of Investments, Grameen Foundation


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