PRESS RELEASE: Everwise, whose technology helps organizations reinvent the way they develop their emerging talent, today announced its partnership with Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group.
Together, they’re launching an online platform to help entrepreneurs develop the leadership skills and business acumen needed to start and grow their companies. The platform will provide entrepreneurs with a personal mentor, access to world-class online courses and a community specifically designed to help them achieve their goals and drive socio-economic development in their communities.
“Mentoring is often the missing link between a promising entrepreneur and a successful one. By sharing their knowledge, wisdom and experience, mentors can make a real difference in helping entrepreneurs realize their dream. It’s such a special collaboration that it’s essential to get the right match, this is why we’re so excited to team up with Everwise to help us make these important connections,” said Jean Oelwang, CEO of Virgin Unite. “We’re using Everwise’s technology as a powerful force to change business for good — the platform we’ve co-developed enables us to match entrepreneurs, wherever they are in the world, with successful business leaders who have the skills and know-how to help them succeed. And it’s not just the entrepreneurs that benefit; the mentors also learn from and are inspired by the passion of the entrepreneur they’re helping.”
Leading up to this partnership, Virgin Unite and Everwise engaged in a number of successful pilot programs with the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship — Caribbean and Virgin Startupin the UK. The resulting cloud-based mentoring platform intelligently matches mentors with mentees to facilitate and nurture these relationships in order to help these leaders realize their full potential.
In addition to mentoring, Virgin Unite will leverage Everwise’s proprietary technology to match entrepreneurs to relevant learning materials, peers in their community and experts from Virgin companies who can offer applicable advice to entrepreneurs, based on their individual needs. The service will grow along with the entrepreneurs to deliver key insights and support as they add to their skills and build their networks while navigating the minefield of starting and growing a company.
By expanding the reach to a global audience, entrepreneurs around the world will gain access to the guidance, inspiration and support that may not exist in their respective regions.
“Everwise is proud to be joining forces with Virgin Unite to equip future leaders with the relationships and guidance that can truly make an impact,” said Mike Bergelson, CEO and co-founder of Everwise. “This partnership can transform participants’ lives as well as their local economies. Since Virgin’s mentors and entrepreneurs connect internationally, it will have far-reaching global implications.”
Everwise’s technology helps organizations reinvent the way they develop their emerging talent. Our mission is to connect professionals directly to the people and insights that can help them be more productive and successful at every stage of their career. Everwise is based in New York City and San Francisco with offices in Minneapolis. Additional information can be found at www.geteverwise.com.