MENTORING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS
Our 300+ mentors get it!
They share Santa Clara University’s vision to create “a more humane, just, and sustainable world.” And they’re deeply committed to Miller Center’s mission of accelerating entrepreneurship to end global poverty and protect the planet.
ACCOMPANIMENT IS AT THE CORE OF OUR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SUPPORT
The key differentiator of Miller Center’s programs is executive-level mentoring with weekly conference calls structured around practical business curriculum. Our mentors offer accompaniment by listening, asking questions, and providing helpful external perspectives to the unique challenges and opportunities of our social enterprise accelerator participants.
Through this work, the entrepreneur/mentor team builds a strong working relationship; understands the state of the enterprise concerning impact and business models; and refines the business plan, impact metrics, financials, and other materials that enable entrepreneurs to be more effective leaders and fundraisers.
OUR MENTORS ARE TRUSTED ADVISORS
- Engaged and committed to accompanying social entrepreneurs in scaling their business
- Active listeners to help social entrepreneurs explore and probe relevant issues
- Pragmatic, practical, and realistic without dominating conversation
- Willing to challenge for more when needed
- Honest communicators who engage with integrity, sincerity, and frankness
The decision to become a mentor is often born of the desire to make a real and lasting impact in the world. Miller Center mentors engage their passion for business to help social entrepreneurs build sustainable and scalable organizations by accompanying them through our Accelerator and Alumni programs. Our mentors find that giving their time and wisdom generates tremendous personal satisfaction and learning.
Most mentors find the mentoring process to be personally fulfilling — returning year after year to participate. Many mentors are founders of successful startups, venture capitalists, or executives at Fortune 500 companies. All are chosen for their experience in startup enterprises or profit and loss (P&L) responsibility in larger organizations, and their ability to translate those experiences into effective mentorship to social business leaders.