SEG facilitates individualized business advising to help entrepreneurs gain industry expertise, tap into new networks and resources, and build business knowledge and skills. The SEG Advising program draws on our network of 200+ Volunteer Advisors as well as key industry partnerships and can be customized to fit many social enterprise needs.

Program Details

Programs like the SEG Incubator and Accelerator offer concentrated cohort-based learning opportunities for entrepreneurs. The SEG Advising program is designed to be used on a more ad hoc, individual basis by entrepreneurs as they reach specific milestones at all stages of company formation and growth.

“Advising is part of the secret sauce at Social Enterprise Greenhouse. They have a wide pool of resources, and their willingness to connect people who are experts with people who can really use guidance is unique.”
– Deborah Burton, creator, founder, and executive director, RI Elder Info

SEG knows that social entrepreneurs need ongoing access to expertise and networks to succeed. By working with entrepreneurs and sharing their expertise, our volunteer Advisors help social entrepreneurs make sense of complex business landscapes and tackle business issues as they arise.

SEG Advising offers ventures of all stages access to a large pool of experts with experience in industries from healthcare to food to education, and in functional areas, including the following:

  • General check-ins: What should I do next?
  • Strategic planning
  • Business model testing
  • Impact measurement
  • Market research and risk assessment
  • Sales: How will I execute sales?
  • Financial projections
  • Pitch deck preparation
  • Legal entity formation options
  • Brand, marketing and social media guidance
  • Board development
  • Team and human resources issues

SEG Advising is available to any social venture.


We ask that entrepreneurs make and keep appointments and record and rate each advising session.


There is a $50 annual service fee for advising services. Entrepreneurs are invited to sign up and try their first session for free. Sign up here!

Download a printable version of our Advising Overview.

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