Business Mentors

We work with lots of businesses to provide an avenue for mentoring and leadership development while supporting our social enterprises. Mentors from supporting businesses have the opportunity to work with and provide specialist guidance to some of the most promising social enterprises in Australia.

Social Traders’ Crunch program, is a market-­leading incubation program for social enterprise, and is built on proven learning and support models that involve business mentoring as a key component of the program. Approved and selected mentors will work with the enterprises and provide guidance to build a market-­ready business model to attract investment.

Crunch mentors enable enterprise participants to lead their own development by:

  • Facilitating problem solving through discussion rather than providing the answer
  • Assisting to find and build resources
  • Explaining with useful and relevant examples
  • Asking thought­-provoking questions
  • Mentoring for our Crunch program is a unique opportunity to engage with a network of social thinkers and enable some of Australia’s most progressive start­up ideas.

Many mentors remain engaged with their start­up enterprise well beyond the program, through advisory or Board roles. Crunch social enterprises tackle issues such as food security, homelessness and youth at risk. See examples of Crunch social enterprises.  Time commitment and eligibility for business mentors

We are currently redesigning the Crunch and the ways that mentors can be involved. Typically, mentors are engaged for the duration of a program (3 months or more) and commit around 2 hours per week during this time.

For Individuals:

To become involved and utilise your industry and business expertise to support the development of social enterprises, including business mentoring or one­off industry professional involvement please contact us at

For Organisations:

To offer your best people rewarding and unique opportunities that challenge and extend their business skills ­ as well as providing an important connection to the community and social issues­ we partner with a small and select group of organisations who have the opportunity to select a number of their staff to participate in Crunch each year.

Current partners include Australia Post, Westpac, Telstra, Accenture and J.P. Morgan.

Supporting a social enterprise via the Crunch Program has been personally fulfilling. Knowing that my skills and experiences can help a social enterprise, to develop a compelling social and commercial proposition is extremely rewarding. ~ Lali Wiratunga, Westpac business mentor

What really interested me with The Crunch was that there’s a real outcome. There’s actually no space for failure because there is a person’s wellbeing on the line. ~ Josh Rowe, Australia Post business mentor

If you would like to discuss this partnership opportunity further, please send us an EOI:

Express your interest to become a mentor.

Business Mentor EOI

Other Ways you can be Involved:

There are a number of ways you can be involved in mentoring our social enterprises. Some ways the business community get involved include:

  • Providing rapid business model feedback in 3 hour workshops with a range of social enterprise start­up ideas
  • Providing rapid business model feedback specific to your industry
  • Providing pro bono implementation support to social enterprises after they have secured investment
  • Speaking on your topic of business expertise at a Crunch workshop
  • Getting involved on Boards and Board committees on new and existing social enterprises