Mentor Spaces Wins Gold at the 2021 Edison Awards for Innovative Mentorship Platform


Largest Mentorship Community for Underrepresented Talent Recognized in Exclusive List of Business Innovations

DENVER, CO, APRIL 28, 2021 — Mentor Spaces, a community-driven mentorship platform helping companies scale their diversity and inclusion efforts, today announced it has been awarded the Gold Edison Award for its innovative mentorship platform. Named after Thomas Alva Edison, the Edison Awards have recognized and honored some of the most innovative new products, services, and business leaders in the world since 1987.

“We are honored to be awarded Gold by the Edison Awards,” said Chris Motley, founder and CEO of Mentor Spaces. “This further validates our vision to advance the careers of underrepresented talent through the power of mentorship. Thank you to the Edison Awards team for recognizing that our approach is both innovative and impactful for both underrepresented talent and the companies that are embracing diversity, equity and inclusion.” 

Named as the 2021 Social Leadership Platforms “Gold” Award winner, Mentor Spaces’ community-driven platform facilitates conversations with experts aligned to one’s professional interests and goals, allowing companies to cultivate relationships with underrepresented talent to reach DEI objectives. With this recognition, Mentor Spaces joins an exclusive list of the top CEOs, companies and products that have been recognized by the Edison Awards for creating a positive impact in the world. 

“We were very impressed by the level of collaboration and discovery in this year’s entries,” said Edison Universe Executive Director Frank Bonafilia. “Somehow, while facing the unprecedented challenges of this global pandemic, companies around the world figured out how to work safely and smartly and still innovate at an award-winning level.” 

Originally established in 1987, the Edison Awards have recognized and honored some of the most innovative products and business leaders in the world and is among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design, and innovation. Winners represent “game-changing” products, services, and excellence and leadership in innovation around four criteria: Concept, Value, Delivery, and Impact.

This recognition follows recent momentum from Mentor Spaces, including two partnerships with National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA®) and INROADS to scale mentorship on the Mentor Spaces platform. With these two partnerships totaling more than 50,000 professionals, Mentor Spaces is now the largest mentorship community for underrepresented talent. Mentor Spaces was also only one of six early-stage startups recently accepted into the SAP.iO Foundry San Francisco Future of Work accelerator program. 

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Over the last 34 years, being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a product can receive in the name of innovation success. The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose inventions, new product development methods, and innovative achievements changed the world. The Edison Awards are operated by Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of recognizing, honoring, and fostering innovations and innovators, and are hosted in Fort Myers, Florida.