MBA Advisor Program
The MBA Advisor Program is a 14-week long training program for graduate business students who want to accrue hands-on business experience, become small business consultants and make a difference in the life of San Francisco Bay Area rising entrepreneurs.
Centro created this volunteer program as an essential component of its entrepreneur development model, which benefits greatly both entrepreneurs and advisors. MBA students have the particularly unique opportunity to truly learn what it takes to start a business and seek funding.
This program is for top-performing graduate business students who are passionate about entrepreneurship, finance, consulting, nonprofit and economic development.
Structure & Methodology
Graduate business students turn into MBA Advisors to local small business entrepreneurs. Centro supports them to advice on startup finance, marketing, strategy, and operations as volunteers, creating measurable social and economic impact in the community. Participants:
- Gain experiential instruction on subject areas that are not covered in most business school curricula, including management consulting training, small business planning and finance, loan underwriting, professional development coaching, critical thinking, and communication skills tactics.
- Provide 80 to 100 hours of one-on-one business advisory support
- Join our Spring or Fall intake
Each MBA Advisor is paired with an entrepreneur taking part of Centro's Entrepreneur Readiness Program. Together, they create a robust and fundable business plan with financial projections, a credit plan, and a professional development plan. View the roadmap they complete together to accomplish this goal.
- Gain hands-on experience developing a business plan, financial model and an investor presentation
- Collaborate and network with graduate business students, entrepreneurs and experienced professional advisors
- Hone business advisory and coaching skills
- Learn to start a small business
- Contribute to the growth of real business enterprises in underserved communities
- Learn about domestic micro-finance
- Learn about professional consulting and how to assist in making high-impact decisions
- Current MBA student (or comparable masters degree)
- Completion of basic financial and managerial accounting courses
- 2-4 years of work experience
- Experience developing business plans, financial forecasts, and/or marketing strategies
- Small business and/or project management experience
- Foreign language is a plus
- Able to commit to 5 – 10 hours per week for the duration of the 14-week program
How to Apply
- Writing sample (one-page sample of your business writing style and ability)
We have a rolling admissions process and welcome applications anytime for the next available intake.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.