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Mentorship Opportunties

2022-2023 Mentor Opportunities

(updated 10.12.2022)

Starting November 2022

Mock Investor Panelists: 2022 Miller Center Accelerator

We are recruiting mentors to help with the Miller Center Accelerator Mock Investor Panels happening remotely in December. The first panel session will simulate an introductory meeting with an impact investor.  The second panel session will simulate a due diligence meeting.

During these two sessions, panelists will role-play as impact investors by asking clarifying questions, challenging the entrepreneur’s assumptions and testing their knowledge of their business. Our goal in these sessions is to help entrepreneurs not only practice responding to investor questions but also help them practice how to tactically manage a meeting and keep the conversation on track. After the role-play is completed, panelists will break character and debrief with the entrepreneur. **We would prefer the same panelists to participate in both sessions.

Dates: 

  • Mock Investor Panelist Training:  November 28 from 9-10 am (via Zoom-will be recorded)
  • 1st Mock Investor Panel:  December 6  from 7-10:30 am (via Zoom)
  • 2nd Mock Investor Panel:  December 13 from 7-10:30 am (via Zoom)

Time Commitment:  

  • 3-5 hours of prep-work to prepare for panels of 2-3 social enterprises, plus attending kickoff and panel sessions

Program Manager: 

  • Thao Nguyen
Interviewers: 2023 Miller Center Accelerator Semifinalists

We are recruiting mentors to help interview and select the next Miller Center Accelerator Cohort that will launch in February 2023. Interviews will take place over Zoom and are approximately 45 minutes each plus 10 minutes of debrief.  Interviews will be scheduled the second week of November 2022 for early applicants and then throughout January 2023 for all others.

There will be a max of two interviews a day which will take place between 8-9am (PT). If you sign up on the Mentor Interest Form, you will then be provided the specific dates in November and January for this opportunity and can indicate your availability. There will be a training on November 1 for the mentors who sign up for the November semifinalist interviews and it will be recorded if you cannot attend live.

Dates: 

  • November Interviews: November 7-11 from 8-10 am (you will be able to select your available dates)
  • January Interviews:  January 4-25 from 8-10 am (you will be able to select your available dates)
  • Interview Training/Kickoff: November 1 from 9-10 am (will be recorded)

Time Commitment:  

  • 1-3 hours of prep-work to prepare for interviews of 2 social enterprises, plus interviews

Program Manager: 

  • Thao Nguyen

Starting January 2023

Mentors: 2023 Innovation Works Accelerator

We are recruiting mentors for the next accelerator in partnership with Innovation Works. The program will run for six months from January 12 – June 23 with a culminating showcase in August/September timeframe. The cohort will be made up of 8-10 Baltimore-based social enterprises that represent a range of industries—from retail to healthcare—that are tackling a variety of issues from trauma recovery to youth development to food access. Each Miller Center mentor will be paired with a Baltimore-based Innovation Works mentor for the cohort duration.

Dates: 

  • Accelerator Program: January 12 – June 23, 2023
  • Mentor Orientation/Kickoff:  January 10
  • Cohort Kickoff: January 12

Time Commitment:  

  • 1-3 hours/wk of prep-work; mentors will hold weekly one-hour calls with the social entrepreneurs for the duration of the program to help them build sustainable and scalable businesses by providing their insights and feedback.

Program Managers: 

  • Kelsey Jones
  • Sharon Bunyard

Starting February 2023

Mentors: 2023 Miller Center Accelerator

Become a mentor for the next Miller Center Accelerator cohort running February – August, 2023. This program is designed for high-potential social enterprises with proven traction working on women’s economic empowerment, climate resilience, or the intersection of both. This 6-month accelerator program combines mentorship with structured curriculum to help social entrepreneurs address gaps in their impact model, business model, and growth strategies, and ultimately move them along the path toward growth, significant scale, and investment. If you plan to mentor for this cohort and also volunteer to interview and select the cohort, you will have priority pick of the admitted social entrepreneurs to work with!

Dates: 

  • February 15 – August 15, 2023

Time Commitment:  

  • 1-3 hours/wk of prep-work; mentors will hold weekly one-hour calls with the social entrepreneurs for the duration of the program to help them build sustainable and scalable businesses by providing their insights and feedback.

Program Managers: 

  • Thao Nguyen
Mentors: 2023 Miller Center Spring In-Residence

We are recruiting mentors for the Spring 2023 Miller Center In-Residence. This cohort will be focused on Miller Center enterprise alumni with impact in Africa and working within the areas of women’s economic empowerment and/or climate resilience. This cohort will also take place in reverse order from past in-residences where it will begin with an in-person program kickoff that will include a mock investor panel, followed by the Sankalp Summit, and finish up with a two-month virtual program.

The In-Residence program kickoff will take place in Nairobi, Kenya and will be geared toward preparing social enterprises to articulate and defend their business models to investors. The social entrepreneurs and mentors will meet to learn from industry experts and each other and will consist of a mock investor panel, presentation skills, and bespoke mentoring.  Immediately following the In-Residence, Miller Center will continue support for the entrepreneurs during the Sankalp Africa Summit in Nairobi.

Following Sankalp, the cohort participants will continue to work with their social entrepreneurs virtually on a customized investment readiness plan. These plans will be designed such that every participating enterprise has improved their investability by the program’s conclusion in May 2023.

Mentors have the option to mentor virtually for the entire engagement or join us in-person in Nairobi for the program kickoff.  There is a chance Miller Center will have a budget to cover mentor hotel costs; more information on that to follow.

The cohort will be selected and paired with mentors in mid-January 2023.

Dates: 

  • January 26 (virtual):  Mentor information session for Nairobi travel information
  • February 25-27 (in-person in Nairobi):  In-Residence program kickoff which includes 1st mock investor panel, presentation skills, dinner, and other mentor/SE special event
  • March 1-2 (in-person in Nairobi):  Sankalp Africa Summit Conference
  • March-April (virtual):  Work with entrepreneur to refine business plan deck and financials
  • End of May/early June (TBD in-person or virtual):  Culminating event and 2nd mock investor panel

Time Commitment:  

  • Weekly one-hour calls with your social entrepreneur, related prep work, 1-2 webinars, and two mock investor panels
  • In-Residence Kickoff:  In-person only attendance in Nairobi
  • Culminating event:  TBD in-person or virtual

Program Managers: 

  • Karen Runde

Programs In Progress

    • Miller Center Accelerator – June-December
    • Bespoke Mentoring Pilot
    • 2022 Fall In-Residence Action Plan Resolution

Please note:

Once the entrepreneurs for each program or panel session have been selected, the Mentor Network Team will reach out to mentors who have registered their interest through our form or through the Miller Center’s community website. Accelerator mentors will receive a summary of the participants in the cohort and are encouraged to indicate any preferences, interests, and limitations. Panelists mentors will receive an email confirming their participation and an invitation to attend a panelist training Webinar. Generally, you can expect to hear from our team about two weeks before the start of any given program.

Email Lynne or Sharon with any questions at mc-mentors@scu.edu