Lessons Learned from Mentoring 1000 Impact Startups with Ian Fisk


Content: Video Webinar Presentation with Q&A

Length: 1:12:42

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Impact enterprise incubators and accelerators see a wide range of startups. The most established of these have screened hundreds of prospective businesses. Then there is the Mentor Capital Network, an impact mentorship program, which was formed in 2002 (initially named the William James Foundation). It has mentored over 1000 companies, helping them raise or earn collectively over $1.5 billion.

Few are better situated to provide useful insights into the building of early-stage impact businesses than Ian Fisk, executive director of the Mentor Capital Network. In this program, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker welcomes Ian Fisk to discuss the traits of successful impact entrepreneurs and the characteristics of successfully formed and scaled impact enterprises. We will also discuss the art and science of mentoring double and triple bottom line businesses in their earliest and most vulnerable stages, and the ways in which impact investors are helping the businesses succeed.


Laurie Lane-Zucker

Laurie Lane-Zucker

Laurie Lane-Zucker is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, PBC, an impact economy business that hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network — a large, global network of “systems-minded” entrepreneurs, investors, and scholars of social and environmental innovation — and editor and publisher of Impact Entrepreneur, a digital magazine covering the emerging Impact Economy. For over 30 years, Laurie has been a “pioneer” (Forbes) and recognized leader in sustainability, social enterprise, and impact investing. Laurie was the founding Executive Director of the international environmental organization, Orion Society, which publishes the celebrated Orion Magazine, as well as the founder of a global sustainability think-tank, the Triad Institute, and Hotfrog, a Founding B Corporation, GIIRS Pioneer Company, and the first company ever to complete an equity transaction on an impact investment exchange. Laurie is the bestselling and multiple award-winning publisher and editor of books and magazines on sustainability and social impact — having worked with such acclaimed authors as Wendell Berry, Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, and David James Duncan — and the author of numerous articles on entrepreneurship and impact investing. Laurie is contributing author to the recently published academic textbook from World Scientific, Sustainability: Business and Investment Implications (2023).

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