Here’s a roundup of all online mentoring platforms where you can connect with a mentor online.
The reason we’re writing this is to:
- Rank for keyword terms: “online mentoring platforms“
- Because we already had this research when we did our SWOT analysis last year, so it’s just repurposing content. (content growth hack tip!)
- We thought it’d be awesome to showcase all the amazing mentorship platforms across different industries.
Now that our motives are clear, let’s just dive right in, and since Google cares about quality and user experience, we’ll try and provide just that.
Types of Online Mentoring Platforms
Here the different types of online mentoring platforms that are rounded up in this blog post.
Startup Mentorship Platforms
- Founded in 2018
- Focused on the growth marketing niche
- +100 hand-picked and vetted mentors
- Platform agnostic, can book calls on Skype, Zoom, or Zoom.
- Easy filtering based on criteria like expertise, tools, language, and industry.
- Friendly rates by design.
- Founded in 2012 by Dan Martell
- Got around $2,700,000 funding over two rounds
- +30,000 members
- Acquired by Fundable in February 2015 for an undisclosed amount
- Premium pricing model with an average price per minute rate of above $2
- Target audience is entrepreneurs, startups, business owners
- Founded in 2017 by Emma and Callum Stewart
- Can book 45 or 90 minute sessions with Australian startup mentors
- Based in Melbourne Australia
Business Mentorship Platforms
- Founded in 1964 and currently has over 300 chapters across the US
- Is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Virginia, USA.
- Has more than 10,000 volunteers providing business mentorship.
- Founded in 2001
- Headquartered in Portland
- Is an initiative of Mercy Corps, a nonprofit organization which is active in over 40 countries.
Academic Mentorship Platforms
- Focused on giving children holistic education and guidance
- They offer bundled session packages starting at 4 sessions
- Pricing is not public on their website
- Trilogy matches students manually
- Mentorship sessions take place in a virtual classroom
- Founded in 2010 by Michael J. Carter
- Connects high school students with mentors to help guide them through the college application process.
- Founded in 2015
- Offers on-demand access to alumni networks
- Primary customers are Universities and Schools
Career Mentorship Platforms
- Founded on March 2018 by Dominic Monn who has built it as a side job
- Focuses on tech mentorship, specifically software engineering
- Weekly mentorship via chat, with optional calls
- Founded in 2011 by Kathryn Minshew, Alexandra Cavoulacos, and Melissa McCreery
- Aims to build the “most beloved, trusted career destination in the world” for millenials and older age groups too.
- Received $1.2 million in seed funding as part of the Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and other accelerators.
- In November 2016 they launched their “Coach Connect” which is a network of career coaches and mentors which offer professional guidance to those seeking new jobs.
Programming Mentorship Platforms
- Founded in 2013 by Weiting Liu, a Y Combinator alumnus.
- Raised $1.6 million in a seed funding round.
- Based in San Francisco
- Offers instant one-on-one help for software developers by utilizing screen sharing, video and text chat.
- Plato helps engineering leaders develop soft skills and build better teams.
- Raised $3.3 million (YC company).
- Features top engineering and product management mentors from unicorn startups
- Monthly pricing starts at $349/month
Design Mentorship Platforms
- Mentees have to send parts of their portfolio to the mentor they want to use, then sit back and wait for the next steps.
- Must choose from three, six, nine and twelve month blocks.
- Seems to be a very new platform, still waiting for more info!
- Founded in 2017
- Can book on-demand calls with design mentors
- Also offer design bootcamps which last 4-6 weeks, aimed at getting you ready to hit the ground running in the design world.
- Founded in 2012
- Mentor-led online design education
- 3,000+ students enrolled
- Can’t “just” do mentoring, must sign up to their courses.
Arts Mentorship Platforms
- 400+ international and vetted mentors
- Take 30% but that covers matchmaking and recruiting efforts
- Has an InKind fund where emerging artists can apply for free sessions
- Works with schools and enterprises to connect their people around continuous learning
- Created by artists, for artists
- Platform is bilingual
Mentorship Software Applications
- Founded in 2003
- Used by companies such as Toyata, Xerox, United Technologies, and more to power their mentoring programs.
- No publically available pricing on their website
- Founded in 2013
- Headquartered in Menlo Park, California
- SaaS software that’s used by enterprises to help their employees connect and learn from experts inside their own organisation.
- Can be deployeed as a white-labeled SaaS platform as well.
- Founded in 2005
- The audience is coaches and mentors who need software to help organize their practice
- Based in the UK
- Software targeted towards larger enterprises to manage their in-house mentorship initiatives
- Pricing starting at $99 per month
- Founded in 2016 by Lucy Lloyd and Heidi Holmes
- Raised $1,000,000 in seed financing after investing $75,000 of their own money for the MVP.
- Platform enables businesses to start, run and measure mentoring programs inhouse.
What’s the future hold for online mentorship platforms?
There’s no one-size-fits-all mentor. Every case is unique, and as such, the future will probably bring on a lot more specialized mentorship platforms. For example, our platform GrowthMentor is hyper-focused on growth marketing and the startup scene whereas so many other platforms listed above are targeting completely different personas! We expect to see many more mentorship platforms pop up over the next few years as people become more aware of the insane benefits of 1:1 mentorship.
Mentorship can be life-changing, and the ability to find a mentor online from the comfort of your house is pure bliss for many. Especially those that might not have a local network they can utilize or those that live in rural areas that lack specialized talent.
Did we miss any online mentorship platforms?
If so – we’d love to add them! Comment below!