Here’s a roundup of all online mentoring platforms where you can connect with a mentor online.
Types of Online Mentoring Platforms
Use the table of contents below to navigate to the type of online mentoring platform you’re looking for.
Startup Mentorship Platforms
- Founded in September 2018.
- Over 12,000 mentor calls have been booked on the platform.
- Focused mentorship for startup founders, marketers, and product managers.
- Choose from +300 vetted mentors. Only 3% of those that apply to become mentors pass the vetting process.
- Platform agnostic, you can book your virtual mentorship session on Skype, Zoom, or Zoom.
- Once you sign up you can filter mentors by their job title, the tools they use, or their areas of expertise to find the perfect match for you OR post a help request with your issue and they apply to help.
- Friendly rates by design. Mentors have to get three reviews before they can charge for sessions. If an extremely experienced mentor comes on to the platform with a super impressive resume, they will do their first few calls for free – so even bootstrapped startups can get on a call with them. This allows members to get access to high-level advice at no extra cost.
- Members also get access to a community feature where you can filter a database of founders and marketers from around the world who are down to network with each other.
- Unlike most mentorship platforms that charge per call, GrowthMentor offers a relatively affordable $75 per month (paid quarterly) pricing plan which includes unlimited free calls with all mentors listed as FREE. Learn more about pricing here.
- 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 2019 by Kenny Hanson
- Focuses on connecting founders with DTC (direct to consumer) startup mentors
- Pricing starts at $350/month for 30 credits to book 3-6* sessions
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 bootstrapped it as a side hustle while working as a ML engineer at Doist.
- Focuses on tech mentorship
- Mentors charge around $100-200/month for 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.
- It was founded in 2019 as an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps.
- It helps aspiring tech workers gain the skills they need to break into in-demand careers
- It offers a free coding prep course that will teach you all the coding basics to get accepted into any of the top coding bootcamps.
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
- Founded in 2020 by the team behind InvisionApp as a project meant to give back to the design community
- Stands for “Amazing Design People List”
- Focused on mentorship for designers and creatives and is completely free.
- 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 2018 by Matthew Reeves and Nathan Goldstein, two consultants from Boston Consulting company.
- Backed by YCombinator in 2019
- Targeting companies with 500+ employees, Together helps Learning and Development teams run a best-practice mentoring program for employees.
- Employees fill out a registration questionnaire that captures their areas for development and goals and Together’s pairing algorithm matches them with the most relevant mentor within their company
- Includes reporting features that make it easy for organizations to monitor and track the success of mentoring relationships
- Employees don’t need to learn or download a new tool because their web-based platform integrates with existing email and calendar systems like Outlook, Gsuite and other enterprise tools.
- 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 online mentorship platforms pop up over the next few years as people become more aware of the benefits of 1:1 mentorship.
Mentorship can be life-changing, and the ability to find a mentor online from the comfort of your house can be a game-changer.
Especially those that might not have a local network they can utilize or those that live in rural areas that lack specialized talent.