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.


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!


Mentors: we invite you to provide feedback on your meetings with mentees here.


​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

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Please describe your mentoring experience:

Are you an entreprenuer?*
Are you a business professional or experienced mentor?*
Are you a certified SCORE Mentor?*
Are you able to invest at least four hours a month for a minimum of six months? This could include one hour face to face and a weekly phone call*

Do you feel that you possess the following personal attributes?

Strong desire to help others grow and develop*
Strong and active listening skills (2/3 listening, 1/3 talking)*
Good at asking questions and avoiding preaching*
Able to understand, deal with, and be sensitive to differences*