There is an immense opportunity to support immigrant entrepreneurs in the U.S. and it is one that Jordan D’Silva, CEO of Web City Properties, knows very well.
Jordan’s father, John D’Silva, immigrated to the United States from India in the 1970s and started his own real estate investment company called Web City Properties. Through hardships, failures, perseverance, and a tireless drive to succeed, John grew Web City Properties to be a thriving, growing company in the Dallas real estate market. John D’Silva unfortunately passed away in 2020, but he left a legacy behind of giving back to others and investing in education and entrepreneurship.
In honor of John D’Silva’s legacy and the mission he left behind, Web City Properties is proud to launch a partnership with Bridge for Billions to educate and support immigrant entrepreneurs in the U.S.
Connect with the entrepreneur behind the project that interests you the most.
Our active learning model facilitates the role of the mentor by providing a clear structure and resources explained in a simple and practical way.
As a mentor, you will receive training and access to the same tools as the entrepreneurs. You will put into practice skills such as active listening and effective communication.
Support your project from anywhere in the world, at a time that suits you. Our program is 100% online.
Develop your leadership and coaching skills while leaning about innovation with the newest methodologies.
Guide entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs who are solving the problems that really matter.
Think of the mentors that have passed through your life, become that for someone who needs it.
Join a group of purpose-driven professionals and connect with the other mentors in this program from all industries.
March 28th, 2023
We will review all applications and will select around 15 mentors to accompany the 15 start-ups to participate in The John D'Silva Incubator program.
Early April, 2023
If selected, you will be invited to an onboarding welcome call to the program where you will learn the role of the mentor, how to choose a project, use the incubation platform, its methodology and much more!
April 4th to April 17th, 2023
Take part in the matching process! You will have the opportunity to meet online with different projects. Once you have met several of them, both you and the entrepreneurs will submit your rankings in order to let us know who you want to work with. Based on the rankings, we will make the best mentor-mentee pairs.
April 25th to August 4th
After completing the program, you will be invited to attend the Pitch Competition. In this final event, startups will present their business to a panel of judges and will be eligible for one of the program's funding awards.
Entrepreneurship is a chaotic process by nature. That’s why Bridge for Billions’ methodology is based on a structured, hands-on learning approach. Our incubation program is based on developing a business plan from scratch while being surrounded by a supportive community: fellow mentors, entrepreneurs, and an incubation team.
Our 8 online business tools will support you and guide you during your mentorship process. In your to experiment, research and document your ideas step by step so that at the end of the program they will be able to download their own business plan in PDF and they will be confident that you are building a viable business.
Mentor applicants should show a passion for helping aspiring social entrepreneurs and should be ready to commit in order to ensure quality mentorship and a productive business relationship. Mentors can always choose when to work with a project or not, but once a commitment is made, the time requirement is approximately 1.5 hrs per week for the duration of the entrepreneur’s incubation program.
You will need to be able to use a laptop or desktop computer (not tablet or smartphone) and preferably one of these browsers: Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox. We expect you to have a strong, reliable internet connection both for reviewing the mentees work on the platform and to participate in the weekly mentoring sessions via video call.
Bridge for Billions and Social Ventures Foundation have partnered with the goal of bringing high-quality entrepreneurial support to social entrepreneurs in Costa Rica.
We believe that only by providing this program at no cost for these students, we are truly supporting them to unleash their potential and create solutions for all.
Our platform has been built to facilitate collaboration. Once you have access to your mentor’s workspace you’ll be able to work together with them through comments on every aspect of their business plan, and you’ll also have access to your own team video room embedded in our platform, so that every week you can meet and talk as if you were in the same room, in just a few clicks.
You’ll also have one-to-one messaging with your mentee(s) available, and each team can decide (or not) to use alternative communication channels such as phone, WhatsApp, email, Slack, etc.
Lastly, you will have monthly online calls with all of the other mentors from your cohort to share articles and resources, ask questions, and overcome challenges together.
Being a Bridge for Billions mentor is a 100% volunteer experience in which you’ll impact the life of the entrepreneurs when it’s most needed and learn top-notch entrepreneurship and innovation methodologies.
As a mentor, you will guide your entrepreneur throughout our structured program. You will be the person who can understand the ins and outs of their business and, week after week, help them to validate their strategy for each critical stage, from targeting the right customers, to building a 3-year growth plan.
You will support your entrepreneurs through virtual collaboration on the platform as well as video chats once a week. We also encourage any connection or extra resource that you can share with them. Our program is made of 8 business tools:
These tools will guide you as well as the entrepreneur in effectively covering and validating each critical aspect of the business planning process.
Yes — once you have officially been accepted as a mentor, you will be invited to follow an onboarding training where we’ll explain our innovation-based entrepreneurship methodology and how our platform works. You’ll get the chance to meet other mentors, and of course we’ll be here to answer all of your questions! You will also join an online community of mentors to spark conversations, share extra resources, and keep learning!
Connect directly with Tatiana, Program Manager of the The John D’Silva Incubator program to answer them.
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