Interactive resources for incubators and accelerators
Interactive resources for incubators and accelerators
Interactive resources for incubators and accelerators


Mentoring can be one of the greatest value-adds to any acceleration or incubation program. It is a chance to bring in experts to add knowledge and serve as a resource to entrepreneurs. Mentoring is different from coaching and counseling in that they help entrepreneurs to see where they are (present day) and where they’d like to be, and help connect them to resources and ask questions in order to get them there.


This section details how to create a mentor profile for your program to meet the needs of your entrepreneurs as well as how to source and train the mentors, and connect them with the best fit entrepreneur.


    Demonstrate what mentoring involves, and how to best prepare mentors in your program to support the needs of your enterprises


    • Know what the different types of mentors are and what role they serve for your program
    • What are the benefits and challenges of having a mentorship program as part of your program
    • How to identify, source, and select mentors for your program
    • How to onboard and train mentors
    • Best practice review for successful mentor programs
    • How to best serve your mentors
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    Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is the largest and most successful university-based social enterprise accelerator in the world. Founded in 1997, Miller Center is one of three Centers of Distinction at Santa Clara University and is located in the heart of the world’s most entrepreneurial ecosystem, Silicon Valley. Miller Center’s Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) helps social entrepreneurs to help more people. Since 2003 GSBI programs have accelerated 900+ social entrepreneurs, who have raised over $940M+, and positively impacted the lives of 300M+ people.




Identifying, Sourcing and Selecting

What you need to be thinking about when starting your own mentorship program