How to Help


​We are soliciting mentor candidates from local business and community organizations, including Raleigh SCORE.  After reviewing your application and conducting a telephone interview, mentor applicants may be matched with a mentee in the traditional one-on-on format. Or you may be selected to be a group mentor. This popular format joins four mentees with two mentors twice per month for an hour as they share challenges and accountabilities.

Provide a Meal

Our class runs 8 weeks from 6-9pm on Tuesday night. We serve a free meal beginning at 5:30pm at Shaw University. If you’d like to provide food for 25 people or cover the $250 cost of buying a meal, we would be grateful!


Donate to LaunchRaleigh to fund our efforts to build entrepreneurs right here in Raleigh.  Details coming soon!

What is mentoring?

​We expect our mentors to fill a very specific support need in the LaunchRALEIGH program.  Business mentoring is different from management consulting or business coaching. It assumes that the mentee already possesses the basic technical skills to make their product or deliver their service. The mentor focuses on business perspective and guidance, personal development, and soft skills.

The mentee benefits from the knowledge and experience of the mentor by receiving:

  • Advice, counsel and encouragement
  • A confidential sounding board, thinking room, and support for working through crucial and often complex decisions.
  • Networking and  contacts
  • Political and cultural know-how
  • Ongoing personal support and encouragement

If this sounds like a good fit for you, please APPLY.

Mentor Application

Please describe your mentoring experience:

We have two kinds of mentors: Individual Mentors and Group Mentors. Some of our Mentor serve in the traditional one on one mentor role. Most of our mentors serve as Group Mentors whereby four mentees and two mentors gather 2x/month for one hour at a preselected time. Students like this option because they benefit from peer mentors as well as two experienced mentors. It is also less intimidating because students are surrounded by their peers and they can more comfortably ask questions of the mentors.

Do you feel that you possess the following personal attributes?

About Us

LaunchRALEIGH strives to develop successful entrepreneurs who have limited access to financial and business resources.



  Raleigh, NC