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Annual Gathering
Washington, DC

Thursday July 24
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
The Affinity Lab
920 U Street, NW

Friday July 25th
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Arent Fox
1717 K Street, NW

06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Garden Party
Van Ness Neighborhood, NW DC

Saturday, July 26th
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
World Resources Institute
10 G Street NE #800


Christine Mendonca Mitra Ardron Wayne Curtis Deb Parsons Anu Keshavan Jigar Shah

Join us for our annual gathering
in Washington, DC on July 24-26th.

On August 1st, the WJF becomes
Mentor Capital Network
and we invite YOU to be a part of it.

Chances are you know the William James Foundation (WJF) through our Sustainable Business Plan Competition. Over 11 years nearly 1,000 volunteer mentors have donated $3 million of mentor capital to more than 800 for-profit social enterprises. The result: over 450 for-profit enterprises have been launched, creating thousands of jobs and impacting millions of people.

However, WJF is not about competition. Just the opposite. Its about astounding collaboration between mentors and social enterprise creators. It's the investment in expertise that defines WJF. The skills and knowledge this network of people share is something we call mentor capital. Hence our new name.

Meet Mentor Capital Network. We invest our expertise, skills, and perspectives in the next generation of inventors and innovators to help them turn their world-changing ideas into businesses that make money AND make the world better.

Join Mentor Capital Network. Be part of our network of people who build, manage, invest in, research and support for-profit social impact businesses.

Let's change the way business is done!

The William James Foundation is an operating foundation, which means that we do not have an endowment, and can not make financial grants to other non-profits. Our work would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Our major sponsors include: Halloran Philanthropies, The Tecovas Foundation, Chuck Dell, and Josh Mailman, The Foundation for a Sustainable Future, The Acacia Fund, and the Ander B. Gandi Charitable Fund.


Meet our Mentors and Companies


Malô creates affordable, culturally appropriate rice-based products in Mali that enhance the health of mothers, children, and the planet.

"The feedback by far is the most comprehensive, detailed feedback we've had, and we have participated in a lot of competitions. And the fact that [mentors] are willing to have you follow up with them is great."

Read more from Malo Co-Founder Salif Romano Niang

Building a bicycle industry in Mozambique.

"The cycling gang was really fun since we got to meet other social entrepreneurs out there using bicycles for their innovative solutions. We’re already helping each other get connected to some other potentially helpful industry players."


Read our full chat with Co-founder, Lauren Thomas

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