The Next Billion - Empowering people with disabilities
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A mentorship program connecting people with disabilities to industry leaders in the technology space.


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25 mentees | 25 mentors | 12 weeks | 1 community

Connecting stories

Mentees and mentors are matched based on stories, experiences and goals

Focus on goals

Each mentorship pair focuses on the mentee’s goal for 3 months

Guided Mentorship

We support and track the mentorship through our online platform

Inclusive Community

A close-knit, safe and inclusive community for mentees and mentors

Community partners that support us
Uber
Yelp
Briteweb
Launch Academy
Victory Square
Diversability
Grow
Red Academy
Change Catalyst
Lighthouse Labs
Collage
Diagram
Dreams for Kids
Billion Ables
Influitive
Tribe of Why
We believe in inclusion & diversity.

At NextBillion.org, we are a community where people with disabilities connect with industry leaders to build empowering mentorships. Our vision is to build an inclusive society by breaking down the barriers and stigma around disabilities.

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October 27
Last date to apply!

Mark your calendars with this one! 🎯

November 14
Matches to be announced

Mentors + mentees tailor matched based on stories 🙌

December 3
Cohort Launch

We are launching the program on World Disability Day 🎉

We believe in the power of stories.

Mentees and mentors are matched based on personal stories and preferences, and we support you through every step of the program to achieve your goals.

Who can be a mentee?

If you have any kind of disability (visible or invisible) and are interested in tech, you’re eligible to apply as a mentee. Example: High-school students, university students, young adults, professionals, job seekers.

Time commitment: 2 hours per week
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Who can be a mentor?

If you have professional experience in the field of technology (may or may not have a disability), you can be a mentor. Example: Experienced professionals, disability experts, technology veterans and entrepreneurs.

Time commitment: 2 hours per week
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Our team

50% of our team has disabilities. We’re here to support you.

Kartik's picture Kartik Sawhney
Naitik's picture Naitik Mehta
Ameera's picture Ameera Ladak
Ray's picture Ray Parker
Siddhant's Picture Siddhant Mehta
Tanha's Picture Tanha Kabir
Bijan's Picture Bijan Mawji
Gordon's Picture Gordon Ching

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We’ve spent our whole lives innovating to navigate a world that wasn’t built for all. If you pay attention everywhere you go, you'll notice that society has been built with little to no effort to be accessible to all of its members. Our infrastructure, school systems, and job opportunities often exclude people with both visible and invisible disabilities. Yet in spite of this inequality, in spite of those challenges, people with disabilities constantly persevere and move society forward.

Bijan Mawji, Co-Founder @ NextBillion.org
Have questions?
  • What includes a ‘disability’? What if I’m unsure about my eligibility as a mentee?
    Disabilities include musculoskeletal problems, cardiovascular conditions, senses and speech issues, respiratory illnesses, neurological disorders, mental disorders, immune system disorders, various syndromes, skin disorders, digestive tract problems, kidney disease and genitourinary problems, cancer and hematological disorders. If you’re unsure about your eligibility to the program as a mentee, feel free to message us.
  • Do I have to have a specific disability to apply as a mentee?
    No, people with any kind of disabilities are welcome to apply for the mentorship.
  • What can I expect to learn in the 3-month mentorship?
    You’ll learn about defining and achieving your own mentorship goals, get one-on-one advice from your mentor, and form relationships with other mentees and mentors in your cohort as a community.
  • How does NextBillion.org choose its mentees and mentors?
    Mentees and mentors are matched based on their stories, experiences and mentorship preferences – our focus is on making the right match for an impactful mentorship.
  • What do you mean by “interested in technology”?
    The mentorship program aims to bring together individuals who love technology – including product, design, science and engineering. If you are someone who loves to tinkering with hardware or software, build apps or websites, are a technology geek or just starting off and looking for guidance on the next steps, this is the right place for you. We don’t have a limitation on the kind of technology you are working with, but as we match mentors to your professional skills, it would help to know more about your projects or past experiences.
  • Is the mentorship program completely online?
    Yes, the mentorship is completely online and open to anyone in any part of the world. Our online website and tools at NextBillion.org will always be 100% accessible. If you have any problems accessing it, please message us or email us and we’ll fix it.
  • Do mentors need to have a disability?
    No, we welcome any industry leaders who have professional expertise in the field of technology – including product, design, science and engineering. We will match you to your mentee in terms of what kind of mentee you would be willing to guide or what topics you’re interested in mentoring about.
  • Why should I mentor? What can I expect to learn in the 3-month mentorship?
    The mentorship can be a life-changing experience for mentees – they will get your guidance and expertise on achieving their mentorship goal and you will learn about their first-hand experiences with disabilities, their personal goals and gain the satisfaction of positively impacting someone’s life. This specific mentorship will enable you to learn about designing for universal accessibility and grow personally as a role model those around you.
  • How does NextBillion.org choose its mentees and mentors?
    Mentees and mentors are matched based on their stories, experiences and mentorship preferences – our focus is on making the right match for an impactful mentorship.
  • Is the mentorship program completely online?
    Yes, the mentorship is completely online and open to anyone in any part of the world. NextBillion.org will always be 100% accessible online. If you have any problems accessing it, please message us or email us and we’ll fix it.
  • How can I help the NextBillion.org mission?
    You can help the NextBillion.org mission by joining us as a community partner, or encouraging your employees to mentor, or participate in events and collaboration opportunities. You can message us or email us if you’re interested.
  • What does becoming a community partner mean?
    Becoming a partner has no financial commitments. Our community partners are companies who support our mission of creating a more inclusive and accessible society and extend that support directly to our community through mentorship and job opportunities.
  • Is NextBillion.org a social enterprise or a non-profit?
    We are a Canadian social enterprise registered as a C-Corp. We’re building a community where people with disabilities connect with industry leaders to build empowering mentorships, and where businesses can eventually provide opportunities to diversify their workforce.
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