You can help empower women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color to develop their social venture ideas here in North Texas.
For the second year running, the Social Innovation Incubator will focus on the historical opportunity and resource gaps to address systemic racial and gender inequities in the social innovation sector in North Texas.
This incubation program will provide early-stage social ventures, all led and staffed by women and people of color, with organizational and leadership development skills. The selected entrepreneurs will work on implementing new creative solutions to the most pressing problems facing North Texans in the areas of education, income, and health.
Mentors impact and development
JULY 23rd, 2022
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Bridge for Billions will review the applications and select the mentors to participate in the program.
Once selected, Bridge for Billions will host an onboarding session where, as a selected mentor, you will get all the details you need for a great mentorship: getting to know Bridge for Billions' online incubation platform, the methodology, tips for your mentoring sessions, and much more!
You will take part in our matching process! You will have the opportunity to meet online with the participant entrepreneurs. Once you have met several of them, both you and them 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 and, afterwards, the entrepreneur and mentor pairs will be formalized.
As a participant, you will attend a closing session where we will cover the whole program journey and reflect on the experience.
Entrepreneurship is a chaotic process by nature. That’s why, Bridge for Billions’ methodology is based on a structured and hands-on learning approach. Our incubation program helps entrepreneurs develop a business plan from scratch while being surrounded by an international community with other founders, fellow mentors, and an incubation team.
Our incubation platform and our eight online business modules will help you during your mentorship journey, making it easier for you to know what’s next. By the end of the program the entrepreneurs will be confident that they are building a viable and validated business.
Applicant mentors should show a passion for helping aspiring entrepreneurs and should be ready to commit to ensuring quality mentorship and a productive business relationship. Once paired with an entrepreneur, you’ll commit to meeting 60-90 minutes per week for 4 months.
As a mentor, you’ll have a positive impact on someone’s life. You’ll meet and connect with North Texans entrepreneurs and develop your mentoring skills, exposing yourself to the latest innovation and entrepreneurship methodologies while helping a startup business grow and impact on our community.
We advise you to have a laptop or desktop computer and preferably one of these browsers: Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox. However, our platform is also suitable for cell phones.
Also, we expect you to have a stable and reliable internet connection for your weekly review on the platform, to participate in the video calls with your entrepreneur, and to attend the monthly sessions.
Once accepted into the program, you’ll enter the Matching Phase. During that time, you will have access to basic information about all the projects, and you will be able to have initial meetings with the founders so you can get to know each other.
You can invite as many entrepreneurs as you want, but eventually you’ll have to choose your preferred mentee by submitting a ranking. After that, we will make the best mentor-mentee pairs.
Your task as a mentor will be to guide your entrepreneurs throughout the Social Innovation Incubator 2022. You will help your entrepreneur validate their strategies throughout the program and support them through virtual collaboration once a week, either on the platform or over video chat.
You will use the online business modules as your guide. These tools will guide you as well as the entrepreneur in effectively covering and validating each critical aspect of the business planning process. The modules cover:
Yes. Once selected, you’ll be invited to a virtual training session. You’ll also have to attend to 4 training sessions specifically done for mentors. Plus, you’ll be member of an online community of mentors to spark conversations, share resources and learn from others.
Yes! However, we ask that you be realistic with your time commitment. We don’t want anyone to overcommit or set expectations that they won’t be able to meet.
All of the mentors for the Social Innovation Incubator Program are volunteers. At the end of the program you will get a Mentorship Certificate ready to be shared.
Submit a question or request an introductory call with Jasmine Hillman, the Program Manager for the Social Innovation Incubator.
If you are experiencing tech-related issues with your application, let us know and we will help you.
Sign up for an upcoming information session to learn more about serving as a mentor for the Social Innovation Incubator. These are the dates of the sessions:
June 2nd from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m
June 16th from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m
June 30th from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m
July 14th from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m