Mentorship Opportunties

2021/2022 Mentor Opportunities

(updated 9.27.21)

Starting September 2021

Investment Readiness and Facilitation - FULL

This program is offered to alumni of Miller Center’s Accelerator programs who are currently seeking to raise investment. During phase 1 of this program, mentors will hold weekly one-hour calls with the social entrepreneurs for the duration of the 3-month program held from September-November 2021. Topics covered include: reviewing and refining the “justifiable ask”, developing their due diligence data room, developing investor targets, developing targeted fundraising collateral, and creating a networking strategy. If your social entrepreneur is able to demonstrate the quality of their ask in this phase, you will be asked to stay on and support investment facilitation in phase 2. In this phase, you will offer ongoing but more ad-hoc support for up to 12 months as your mentee goes through the fundraising process. You will support investor outreach, due diligence preparation, and term sheet negotiation.

Dates: September-November with optional continued support

Time Commitment:

  • Holding weekly one-hour calls with your social entrepreneur

Program Manager: Alex Pan

Starting October 2021

Mentor - Innovation Works Fall 2021 Accelerator - Postponed until early 2022

We are recruiting mentors for the third accelerator we are doing in partnership with Innovation Works. The six-month cohort will be made up of 8-10 Baltimore-based social enterprises that represent a range of industries—from retail to healthcare—and are tackling a variety of issues, from eldercare to food access.

Dates: Early 2022; dates TBD

Time Commitment:

  • One-hour weekly call for the duration of the program
  • Kick-off and closing webinars

Program Managers:

Sally Ratrie – Innovation Works
Sharon Bunyard – Miller Center

Starting November 2021

Feedback Panelists - Chevron Climate Resilience Asia Pacific

We are recruiting mentors to serve as panelists for the Chevron Climate Resilience Asia Pacific feedback panel sessions. The cohort is made up of 11 social entrepreneurs with impact in the Asia Pacific region and working in the sectors of energy, water, or climate-smart agriculture. As a panelist, you will meet with the same set of social entrepreneurs and panelists for 1.5 hours once a week over a course of 3 weeks. They will share about their impact, business, operations, and investment asks and you will provide feedback.

Dates: November 30 – December 17

Time Commitment:

  • 1.5 hour calls, once a week over a course of 3 weeks

Program Manager: Karen Runde

Quarterfinalist Review Panel - Women's Economic Empowerment Cohort 2022

We are recruiting mentors for the Quarterfinalist Review Panel. As a panelist, you will review 10-minute pre-recorded video interviews, on your own time and recommend who should move on to the semifinalist round. It is recommended, though not required, that these panelists also participate as semifinalist interview panelists so there is some continuity.

Dates: November 8 – 12, 2021

Time Commitment:

  • 2-3 hours total that week

Program Manager: Thao Nguyen

Semifinalist Interview Panel & Cohort Selection - Women's Economic Empowerment Cohort 2022

We are recruiting mentors to interview semifinalists and help select the 2022 cohort. You will have access to the application materials and the pre-recorded quarterfinalist interviews to help you prepare. The semifinalist interviews will be live via Zoom for 30 minutes plus 10 minutes for a debrief. You will interview three social entrepreneurs per day max, with the help of two other interviewers, Monday – Friday from 7-9 am or 5-7 pm PT from November 29 – December 10. After all the interviews are completed, all interviewers will meet to select the cohort together.

Dates: M-F, November 29 – December 10, 2021 from 7-9 am or 5-7 pm PT

Time Commitment:

  • 6-8 hours a week (no more than three interviews a day, approximately 30 minutes with 10 minutes to debrief)

Program Manager: Thao Nguyen

Starting January 2022

Mentor - Women's Economic Empowerment Cohort

In January 2022, our second Women’s Economic Empowerment cohort will launch and we are currently recruiting for mentors. We estimate that it will be a cohort of approximately 20 entrepreneurs from all around the globe and from a variety of industries. All will have a focus on women as leaders, staff, customers/users, and/or value chain suppliers.

Dates: January – July 2022

Time Commitment:

  • Hold weekly one-hour calls with your social entrepreneur

Program Manager: Thao Nguyen

Starting February 2022

Mentor - Scale Out Cohort

We are recruiting mentors for the Scale Out program which is offered to alumni of Miller Center’s accelerator programs who are at a stage of development in which they are ready to significantly scale their businesses. Scale Out is a four-month mentored online program that is geared toward developing a comprehensive scaling execution plan.

Dates: February 1 – May 31, 2022

Time Commitment:

  • Weekly one-hour calls with your social entrepreneur

Program Managers: Karen Runde and Avery Rissling

Programs In Progress

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