69. PushFar

An innovative career development platform that matches mentors with mentees, for zero charge.

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Founders: Ed Johnson and Gabriel Sirbu
Founded: 2018
Website: pushfar.com

For those who are looking to take their work life to the next level, a mentorship program can make the difference between a job and a career. The problem is, how do you find the right mentor for you, and where do you start?

This is where PushFar comes in. It’s a free mentoring platform that anyone can sign up for and be matched with a mentor, thanks to a bespoke algorithm which identifies the strongest candidates based on availability, goals, industry, and location.

The pool to choose from is vast, with over 90,000 mentors and mentees already on the books, and growing. Running almost entirely on altruism, anyone who is willing to donate their time is free to sign up. To date, PushFar has facilitated over one million hours of mentoring.

PushFar's bespoke algorithm identifies the strongest candidates based on availability, goals, industry, and location.

It’s not just individuals that PushFar is looking to support. Enterprises are taking advantage of its platform too, with Samsung, Multiverse and Sodexho among its impressive client list.

The London-based startup makes good use of the tech available to it. Video and phone calls are incorporated into the platform, there’s no need to even meet in person. Meanwhile, goal tracking and dashboards, as well as integrations with Microsoft Outlook, Google and iCal calendars, can give users a nudge if they’re falling behind.

It’s not just individuals that PushFar is looking to support. Enterprises are taking advantage of its platform too.

Pushfar also boasts some gamification elements. Users are able to climb the PushFar leaderboard each week when completing tasks, adding an extra initiative.

The results are promising. PushFar tells us that a huge 86% of users feel that mentoring is helping them to “develop their career and reach their goals”.

PushFar is offering an invaluable service to workers of all backgrounds, providing support and a clear way forward for those who need it.

We’re bowled over by its admirable mission statement -made even more impressive by the fact it is completely free to use – welcome back to the Startups 100 club, PushFar, we’re sure you’ve lots to teach us!

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