You can’t be who you can’t see!

Mentorship is the number one driver for awareness and access to opportunities among diverse students and young professionals.
our mission

Helping high-performing, Black students and young professionals navigate the road to success through mentorship with experienced and influential leaders.

our story

Our founder, Chris Motley, is a first-generation college graduate, born to a 13-year old single mother on Chicago’s infamous South Side.

After graduating from Columbia University, Chris spent several years at Goldman Sachs before getting his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management. Since then, he has focused his efforts on building purposeful, mission-driven companies.

Many would consider him lucky because of where he started in life. While attributing success to chance or divine intervention is common, we believe “luck” is the intersection of Preparation and Opportunity. This sparked the question, how could the next generation of young, diverse leaders find the same luck?

Mentor Spaces was built to accomplish this goal. The idea that “a person can only be who they have seen” drives our mentor-led community focused on career preparation, quality support and outcomes. By combining the power of the internet with the magic of group mentoring, we are able to transform the careers and life trajectories of diverse leaders, like Chris, much more quickly and at scale.

Mentor Spaces, a Techstars portfolio company, was launched in the Summer of 2020 after years of research with grants from Strada Education Network and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to measure the efficacy of personalized career pathways for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

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  • Forbes Feature on Mentor Spaces Chris Motley
  • GMA Feature on Mentor Spaces
our values

We believe awareness and access to opportunity should not be left to chance or reserved for the select few. We envision a world where marginalized people in any community can realize their full potential and diverse leadership is no longer "underrepresented".

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Mentor Spaces

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Our Team

The wonderful people behind our beautiful products.

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Chris Motley

Founder & CEO

Business development, strategic sales and overall strategy at Mentor Spaces. Proud alum – Columbia University and the Kellogg School of Management.

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Randy Emelo

Chief Operating Officer

Customer operations and experienced mentoring strategist at Mentor Spaces.

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Joe Turgeon


Application development and technology architecture at Mentor Spaces. Proud alum – University of Minnesota.

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Kunal Parbadia

VP of Operations

Sales, marketing and customer success operations at Mentor Spaces. Proud alum – Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Sasha Banks

Community Manager

Community engagement and brand awareness at Mentor Spaces. Extremely proud alum - Pratt Institute School of Writing & Activism.

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Esteban Valerio

Application Developer

Technical developer at Mentor Spaces. Proud alum – University of Costa Rica.

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Andrei Khramtsou


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Kimberly Marshall


Our Investors

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Dave Steward

Chairman and Founder of World Wide Technology, Inc.

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Andy Taylor

Executive Chairman of Enterprise Holdings Inc.