We search your expert networks for advisers that are relevant, willing, and available to help your entrepreneurs with expertise or introductions. And create meaningful, human connections on the right terms.
More Time, Not Less
“Protopia provides the connections, provides the business development opportunities, provides the conversations that we’re trying to stimulate in the entrepreneurship ecosystem.”
“We just don’t have the bandwidth to take on task after task, system after system. So having the platform run itself in the background is of extremely high value to us.”
Super duper easy
look ma, no hands!
If you are like other communities we work with, then the thought of new software gives you a headache.
So we set out to build a simple, easy, and effective tool to work FOR you, not thanks to you.
We’ve got extra ibuprofen – call us.
Easy For Your Heroes
Entrepreneur in need of advice or a connection? Have her send a simple email (or Slack message) to a trusted email address on your domain.
We analyze who and what is being asked, and find the best, available experts and resources automagically.
Easy For Your Advisers
We email the request a handful of the most-relevant advisers (who remain anonymous – it has to be easy to say ‘no’) until we get a “bite”.
Advisers can now choose not only IF to assist but also HOW: quick advice or referral, a call, or a meeting.
Easy For Your Organization
We connect the adviser to the entrepreneur and coach her to follow up to build a new professional relationship.
Then we dig in to understand how well the connection worked to give you critical insights and feed our matching algorithms.
“With Protopia connecting our entrepreneurs to the mentors, investors, and executives in our community is a breeze. And I have great insights into engagement.”
Oh, and we’ve got data
Who’s asking for help and for what? Who are your most (and least) engaged mentors in the community?
How many marketing, operations, or biomedical engineering experts do you have?
We love data. And you will too with our analytics dashboard.
“Protopia’s platform has given us a powerful tool to connect our entrepreneurial students with mentors and alumni that want to give back.”
Connecting makes us tick
and your heroes need it
MassChallenge Connect was very simple to use and helped us connect to key prospects in Boston.
We needed technology and pitching advice for our food waste recycling startup. It was very easy to ask and the right MassChallenge advisers reached out to help us.
It was easy to connect to an expert to help me with formalizing my SaaS and advisor agreements, so critical to moving to the next phase of Imbeau’s CRM platform for beauty professionals.
I just had a really nice exchange using Protopia’s platform. Got connected to a fellow entrepreneurs and was able to quickly, tangibly help. Also was able to send over a legal doc to her that I’ve used in the past. That saved her at least $100 and an hour or two of work.
I own a startup selling our first post-prototype product and needed advice on product liability insurance. I had no idea who to ask, so I sent the request to Protopia. On the same day I received responses from two entrepreneurs, including a referral to a broker that I used to obtain a policy.
I have tried unsuccessfully for weeks to engage a key prospect. Thanks to Protopia and the NC IDEA network I had a meeting set up with the CMO within a few hours.
Within hours of my simple request, I was on the phone with seasoned, relevant entrepreneurs to help me with strategies and connections into prospective customers.
Giving Back is at our core
We are proud to be a certified B-Corporation that is committed to making a positive impact for our team, our community, and the environment. And we’re always looking for like-minded individuals to join our team.