We collaborate on specific global initiatives that impact vast numbers of entrepreneurs. These initiatives will bring help in technology and mentorship to many nonprofit organizations. To join in our efforts, email us at Initiatives@TechstarsFoundation.org.
Global Mentor Network: If your organization can benefit from mentorship, for you or those you serve, please take a look at our Global Mentor Network initiative. The GMN Initiative is about harnessing the Internet of People. It is building a worldwide Mentor-Mentee digital/human portal where Mentors control who they want to help and who they elect to "curate" the Mentees to fit their requirements. "Curators" control the Mentee access to Mentors in a transparent way, showing Mentors how Curators can be a trusted source to send Mentors only those Mentees that are appropriate. Current mentor networks are siloed, inefficient and often used as competitive magnets or closed systems to draw mentees into programs. This Initiative creates a broad-based system where worthy and under-served Mentees can be matched (and tracked) by trusted "Curators" to a wide range of experienced, "give first" Mentors. We want to broaden the visibility of entrepreneurial Mentors and Mentees to each other to foster the growth of entrepreneurism in needy segments of the economy with successful and gratifying relationships between the participants.
Microlending Technology Platform: If you are a micro-lender, microfinance organization or CDFI, we are working on a technology to help you better and more cost-effectively serve your entrepreneurs. The Foundation is working collaboratively with many organizations to find the best technology and interface to build, test, implement and maintain this "technology infrastructure" to serve the universe of those nonprofits who provide capital to the most under-served entrepreneurs in the farthest reaches of the planet.
Neighborhood Innovation Center: If you are a community leader looking to form a neighborhood innovation center, we are working on a best-practices document that can lead to grants of funding and services through completing a "Playbook" (blueprint) and garnering stakeholder support in your community. Many individuals and organizations have come to the Foundation looking for funding to start a neighborhood innovation center (impact hub) in their town, but they lack the knowledge on how to do that successfully and lack the buy-in from the local community, corporations, service providers and government that is needed to make them successful. The NIC Playbook shows how to start and run a Neighborhood Innovation Center that welcomes diversity and embodies inclusion.