Ernst & Young LLP (www.ey.com) has joined the U.S. State Department’s new E-Mentor Corps, a program designed to provide mentorship to entrepreneurs around the world. The E-Mentor Corps is part of the Obama Administration’s larger Global Entrepreneurship Program, an initiative designed to provide concrete support to new entrepreneurs.
Studies indicate that mentorship is vital to entrepreneurs’ ability to be successful. The E-Mentor Corps will help to provide mentorship and in the process advance entrepreneurship, innovation and economic opportunity around the world.
“We are proud to be a part of the new E-Mentor Corps,” said Maria Pinelli, Ernst & Young’s Americas Director, Strategic Growth Markets. “We work very closely with the entrepreneurial community and strongly believe in their power to reshape society for the better. In these times, supporting entrepreneurship and innovation is more important than ever.”
Excerpts from Secretary Clinton’s remarks on the new E-Mentor Corps:
“I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new effort to expand access to mentors for aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs. We’re calling it the e- Mentor Corps. Mentors provide invaluable support and advice, but for too many entrepreneurs, good mentors are hard to find. You may be doing something that nobody else you know has ever attempted before. Through the E-Mentor Corps, an entrepreneur seeking a mentor can go online and find a person with the expertise they need on everything from securing financing to writing a business plan.”
“Several private sector groups have pledged to supply mentors from their global networks, including Intel, Ernst & Young, the Kauffman Foundation, Endeavor, TechWadi, the Young Presidents’ Organization, and Babson College.
The State Department has worked with several existing groups to create and develop online portals for the E-Mentor Corps. And in the days ahead, we will post links to those sites on the State Department homepage.”
For the E-Mentor Corps, Ernst & Young LLP will tap into the expertise and passion of its broad network of successful entrepreneurs who have been finalists, winners, or judges in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program.