Founded in 2015 at the University of Cambridge, Bridges for Enterprise (BfE) is a global non-profit that provides pro bono advisory services to early-stage social ventures in developing countries. BfE runs a multi-stage Incubation Programme for startups to receive tailored consulting, finance, legal or technical advisory support from professional mentors and students from one of our five chapters in Cambridge, Singapore, New York, Vancouver, and New Delhi. Our 300+ person global community has helped empower over 100 startups from 30+ different countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America with the goal of making them investor-ready. At the global level, BfE is run on a completely volunteer basis by a Global President and nine Global Heads who oversee five divisions that work within specific areas to propel the Organization’s mission forward.
The Advisor position is a volunteer role supporting BfE’s global management by providing mission-based leadership and strategic guidance. While day-to-day operations are led by the BfE global management team, the Advisor-President relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Advisor is both critical and expected. Advisors are expected to utilize their individual skills, knowledge, expertise and/or relationships to support BfE on an as-needed basis. Advisors also act as advocates and representatives of the Organization. There is no set term limit for BfE Advisors, and both the Global President or Advisor could choose to terminate the relationship at any time.
Please also note that, unlike other non-profits, there is currently no formal Advisory Board structure in place with quarterly meetings. However, Advisors receive monthly internal updates from BfE, have opportunities to engage with other Advisors and global team members, and typically meet with the Global President on an ad-hoc basis every 1-2 months.
This is a volunteer role with an estimated commitment level of 4-6 hrs/month
Advisors will join BfE’s passionate and dedicated global community! Since inception as a small student-run club, BfE has expanded rapidly to become a UK-registered non-profit with an extensive global footprint. Uniquely, BfE is entirely made-up of volunteers (whether as students or professionals) who devote their precious time to accelerate impact creation for social entrepreneurs who may lack the resources and support in growing their venture. Advisors will be able to tap into this expansive network while simultaneously doing their part to build a more sustainable and prosperous future.
Moreover, BfE is at an exciting inflection point in its growth trajectory. For the first time since inception, BfE is now seeking to raise funds to better support its social enterprises by providing unrestricted grants upon graduation from our Incubation Programme. Accessing financial support has always been a thorn in the side of our startups’ growth trajectories, and we would like to do our part by channeling capital directly into their hands to fuel their impact and accelerate the UN SDGs. This new strategy complements our ongoing efforts to professionalize our operations and build technology to automate part of our internal operations and scale more efficiently. We believe that the future of non-profits is tech-driven and volunteer-led, and as the internet continues to flatten the world, a new opportunity is opening up to create direct impact for multiple stakeholders at scale. We hope you’ll join us on this journey.
Bridges for Enterprise (BfE) empowers early-stage social entrepreneurs to scale their ventures and expand their impact. Founded in 2015, we are a non-profit organization home to a global community of purpose-driven professionals and students that provide pro-bono advisory services to social innovators in the developing world.
Through our flagship multi-stage incubation programme, we support early-stage businesses with existing revenue and a clear mission to create social impact for their beneficiaries. Our high-quality advisory services are free of charge — and always will be — as we don’t believe that money should ever be a barrier for social entrepreneurs to receive additional support in scaling their ventures.
Our work has helped empower over 70 early-stage startups from 25+ different countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa with the goal of making them investor-ready. At the global level, BfE is run by 7 Global Heads who oversee 10+ Global Managers that work within 5 different divisions to propel our organization’s mission forward.