Capstone – Project

Expanding The Mentor Project’s Initiatives and Reach

A Collaboration Between

Project Synopsis

The Mentor Project is a newly established nonprofit international organization whose mission is to connect leaders in STEM, arts, business, and law with students around the world to establish mentoring relationships to have meaningful impacts on individuals, communities, and societies. Currently operating in Argentina, Russia, and the United States, and recently establishing partnerships in Cambodia and Tanzania. The Mentor Project is now looking for additional opportunities for geographic expansion by exploring opportunities in India. The organization is also interested in developing existing and new initiatives as they would appeal to this market. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, finance and regulation (e.g. cryptocurrency and alternative investments), macroeconomics and social policy (e.g. structural inequality), agricultural and rural development, and social issues (e.g. education and literacy).

 

Project Topics

Growth Strategy

Marketing

Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis

Research & Development

Company Information

CompanyThe Mentor Project
HQN/A
RevenueUnlisted
EmployeesUnlisted
StageSmall Business
Hiring PotentialN/A
Websitehttps://www.mentorproject.org/

Company Overview

The Mentor Project is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. Our mentors are experts in science, technology, engineering, the arts, mathematics, business, and law. From developing a patent on how to use credit cards on the Internet to insights on space exploration and astronomy, to titans of industry and world-class technologists, TMP mentors share their skills and knowledge to inspire and guide their mentees. Our mentors work one-on-one in classrooms, virtually, on podcasts, on television, and in collaborative hackathons. Learning is fun yet challenging with patenting competitions and research.  Mentees can view videos on topics from our extensive content library, ask questions via our "Ask a Mentor" program, get connected with a 1:1 mentor, and join teams to work with other mentor groups.  Spanning the globe, our mentor-led projects provide mentees the opportunity to collaborate worldwide.

Experiential Learning Program Details

SchoolDr. D Y Patil B School (DPU)
Engagement Format -
CourseDPU Student Consulting Experience
Level
  • All Graduate
Students Enrolled127
Meeting Day & TimeTBD
Student Time Commitment8-15 Hours Per Week
Company Time Commitment2 Hours
Duration7.14 Weeks

Program Timeline

Touchpoints & Assignments Due Date Type
DPU PRE-KICKOFF Q&A @ 8:00 AM ET

DPU PRE-KICKOFF Q&A @ 8:00 AM ET

July 23rd, 2021 Event na
REMINDER OF CONFIDENTIALITY

REMINDER OF CONFIDENTIALITY

During this program, you'll be working on a real project posed by a real industry partner. By registering for the CapSource system and participating in this Program, you are bound by the Rules of Engagement, including strict confidentiality of information shared with you. Please be respectful and professional.
July 23rd, 2021 Event na
Teams Finalized & Shared with Industry Partner

Teams Finalized & Shared with Industry Partner

 
July 25th, 2021 Event na
UPLOAD YOUR RESUME UPLOAD YOUR RESUME
 
July 26th, 2021 Submission Required submission-required
KICKOFF EVALUATION DUE

KICKOFF EVALUATION DUE

July 26th, 2021 Evaluation evaluation
Professional Development Session with Greg Zlevor, Westwood International

Professional Development Session with Greg Zlevor, Westwood International

July 27th, 2021 Event na
OFFICIAL PROJECT KICKOFF @ 8:00 AM ET

OFFICIAL PROJECT KICKOFF @ 8:00 AM ET

Industry Partner to Share Calendar Invite with Web Conference Details
July 27th, 2021 Event na
UPLOAD MILESOTNE #1 DELIVERABLE UPLOAD MILESOTNE #1 DELIVERABLE
August 3rd, 2021 Submission Required submission-required
TEMP CHECK #1 DUE

TEMP CHECK #1 DUE

August 10th, 2021 Evaluation evaluation
UPLOAD MILESOTNE #2 DELIVERABLE UPLOAD MILESOTNE #2 DELIVERABLE
 
August 18th, 2021 Submission Required submission-required
TEMP CHECK #2 DUE

TEMP CHECK #2 DUE

August 31st, 2021 Evaluation evaluation
UPLOAD MILESOTNE #3 DELIVERABLE UPLOAD MILESOTNE #3 DELIVERABLE
 
September 1st, 2021 Submission Required submission-required
Final Presentations

Final Presentations

Link provided by Industry Partner
September 14th, 2021 Event na
OFFICIAL PROJECT END

OFFICIAL PROJECT END

September 15th, 2021 Event na
UPLOAD FINAL PRESENTATION UPLOAD FINAL PRESENTATION
September 15th, 2021 Submission Required submission-required
UPLOAD FINAL REPORT UPLOAD FINAL REPORT
September 15th, 2021 Submission Required submission-required
PEER EVALUATION DUE

PEER EVALUATION DUE

September 17th, 2021 Evaluation evaluation
SELF EVALUATION DUE

SELF EVALUATION DUE

September 17th, 2021 Evaluation evaluation

Key Project Milestones

  • August 3, 2021 - Deep Dive into The Mentor Project

    • What are the mission, values, and prioritized issues of the organization?
    • What is the scope and size of the organization?
    • Who are the members and contributors?
    • What does the organization do? How would you describe their programs and activities?
    • Who are the direct beneficiaries of their efforts and services?
    • What are their key initiatives, current and planned?
    • How is organizational success measured?

     


    Suggested Deliverable:

    Internal report

  • August 18, 2021 - Assess the Market Demand for this Non-Profit in India

    • How would you describe and differentiate between the different segments of the community that would likely benefit from TMP’s efforts and services directly and indirectly?
      • Which ones are likely to benefit most directly from the organization’s activities?
      • Suggestion: create a concentric diagram to illustrate the potential impact on different segments of the community.
    • What information do you need to collect and analyze to better understand each of the subgroups identified in the step above?
      • For instance, what are their needs and interests?
      • To what extent do these align with TMP’s mission, services, and activities?
      • Do they currently have access to institutions to meet those needs? What are the gaps in access?
      • How could their mission and/or goals be furthered by TMP’s efforts?
      • Suggestion: identify key criteria and create a table to facilitate your analysis.
    • Considering the broader social, educational, and political environment:
      • Is there support for this organization’s strategies or theory of change to achieve impact?
      • Who are key voices with respect to the organization’s issue in the local, state, and federal government?
      • Are there networks that TMP could engage to raise awareness to the organization and promote involvement and adoption?

    Suggested Deliverable:

    Report & Presentation on findings to obtain feedback from organization

  • September 1, 2021 - Research & Identify Prospective Initiatives

     

    • Establish criteria for identifying and prioritizing prospective initiatives. Suggestions include:
      • Is it consistent with The Mentor Project’s (TMP) mission, goals and scope?
      • In what ways is it differentiated from other TMP initiatives?
      • Does it address complex issues affecting the region from a positivist approach?
      • Is there a demonstrated gap/need? If other nonprofits are addressing these issues systematically, how can TMP add to the knowledge and understanding about these issues?
      • Would it include key objectives of sharing and promoting the use of evidence to address these complex issues?
      • Would this likely enable The Mentor Project to achieve a greater impact in this geographic area?
    • Conduct research to gather information to conduct a comparative analysis of prospective initiatives.
    • Narrow your focus to 2-3 initiatives based upon your comparative analysis. Be prepared to explain why these were chosen for consideration.

    Suggested Deliverable:

    Report and presentation on analysis, findings, and recommendations for 2-3 prospective initiatives.

  • September 15, 2021 - Make Recommendations for The Mentor Project's Expansion

    • What are your 1-2 concrete recommendations for The Mentor Project’s geographic expansion, and why?
      • Particular regions or institutions that you recommend they target?
      • Certain networks you suggest they engage?
      • Recommended approaches to encourage engagement and adoption?
    • Which initiative do you consider a best fit for launching such an expansion, and why?
    • What are the concrete next steps to implementing the expansion plan?

    Suggested Deliverable:

    Report and Slideshow Presentation on targeted set of recommendations for expansion

Project Resources

Industry Mentors

There are currently no supervisors assigned.

Academic Mentors

Instructor

Dr. Madhura P. 

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Assigned Students

Student

Anmol Sahu

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Student

Anmol Tiwari

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Student

Anup Bante

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Student

Anusha Pattnaik

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Student

Apoorva Dalal

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Student

Ashish Prajapat

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Student

Chirag Garg

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