The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Thursday, May 19 • 14:00 - 14:45
Global Mentoring Platform: Democratizing Access to Social Capital for Entrepreneurs LIMITED

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MicroMentor is a global online community that leverages the power of mentoring to help entrepreneurs thrive with the help from volunteer business mentors. It's a social enterprise incubating within Mercy Corps, a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. Conceived in the FIELD program at the Aspen Institute, it was a solution aimed at democratizing access to social capital, the lack of which was identified as a significant cause for entrepreneurs' inability to succeed. In the U.S. (2014) MicroMentor added 2,100 jobs and $14 million in increased revenues. Startups using MicroMentor are increasing their survival rate by 25%. There are over 15,000 active mentor-mentee matches globally who are tackling the rising pressure for both local and global economies to grow and diversify to absorb the next generation of professionals into the labor market. Our model is rooted in providing decent work and economic growth opportunities for those most unlikely to access social capital - low-income, women, immigrant communities, and outside urban hubs. We believe in scaling access to mentoring and critical business know-how by leveraging partnerships - public, private and civil society. The discussion will present one such partnership with our corporate partner HPE who run their skills based employee engagement program on their instance of this technology - HPE Advisors portal powered by MicroMentor. Hundreds of HPE employees are supporting non-profits, social entrepreneurs and small businesses around 90 countries. We want to share our story of how working together with partners, technology can help entrepreneurs and small businesses thrive.

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Anita Ramachandran

Director, MicroMentor, Mercy Corps
Anita Ramachandran is the Director of MicroMentor at Mercy Corps. She drives MicroMentor's global development efforts and cultivates partnerships with organizations interested in establishing and growing an employee engagement solution or mentoring program. She is passionate about... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 14:00 - 14:45 EAT
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