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Mentors

Mentors are an important part of the InnovationACT program. Thank you to all our IACT17 mentors.

Adam Misiewicz

Accenture

Interests

Machine learning/AI/Blockchain/Cloud/Apps/Emerging Tech but also interested in AR/VR


Skills

Project Management Skills (Agile, Design Thinking)

Awais Bhattee

Renewables Innovation Hub

Interests

Community Building, Consulting on personal lifestyle business/entrepreneurship, Euro-Boardgames.


Skills

IACT Grant Winning Participant who will provide humbling reality checks and push you to new insights.

Berend Berendsen

Widget Brain

Interests

Using mathematics and connected equipment to improve supply chains, manufacturing sites and teams of people.


Skills

Building out business providing business to business solutions, both technically and financially

Brenton Smith

Workhorse Finance

Interests

I am a professional aerospace engineer with a passion for deep tech.; if you are interested in cryptocurrencies, space/aerospace engineering; robotics/autonomy; data analysis; personal finance/trading/investing; health and exercise; or any other revolutionary tech. then I am the mentor for you.


Skills

As a co-founder of Workhorse Finance, a grant recipient of IACT 2015, I know how to be successful in the IACT competition; I can teach you how to, project manage and deliver software products, including managing a team of software engineers on budgets of less than a few thousand dollars, as I have with done Workhorse Finance; I can also help with the mind-frame, attitude and self-discipline required to be successful as an entrepreneur.

Cindy Reese Mitchell

Mill House Social Enterprise Accelerator

Interests

Social Enterprises—Business that trade for social, economic, cultural or environmental mission.


Skills

Business planning, market validation, social enterprise, investment readiness

Coco Ho

Health Horizon

Interests

I’d like to work with teams that are open-minded, positive and up for a challenge, esp in the sustainable/green living, health and community building space. ?


Skills

Knowledge on health innovation ecosystem, Lean startup knowledge and team work

Craig Thomler

Accenture

Interests

Digital, emerging technologies, consumer products


Skills

Business building (startups to ASX listing), marketing

David Williams

University of Canberra

Interests

Anything but games and preferably something that contributes to the community


Skills

Managing projects & Developing business cases

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Nicholls

Deloitte Consulting

Interests

I'm passionate about business model innovation in consumer retail and service industries, and want to help teams to shape and operationalise their ideas into viable businesses.


Skills

My background is in complex problem solving with a focus on organisation/enterprise design, value chain performance management and supply chain optimisation.

Graydon Smith

Retired from the Australian Public Service

Interests

Any industry/subject area, prepared to support a team that other mentors may have overlooked or a team that is struggling to find a mentor.


Skills

Patience to listen to their desires and bolster their approach via Socratic questioning.

Ian Elsum

ANU, Swinburne University of Technology & Industrial Research Institute

Interests

I am interested in major/step-change innovation across all industries and in teams that are focused on learning and in starting and growing an organisation rather than on this competition.


Skills

Strategy. Management of innovation. Business model development.

Irene Zhen

SMS Management & Technology

Interests

I'm interested in working with teams who need help with customer validation and testing their ideas.


Skills

Design thinking, rapid protoyping, marketing/communications, branding.

Jarrod Farquhar-Nicol

Game Plus & Canary Trade Mark Assistance

Interests

Games, VR/AR, social good, women founders, tech


Skills

Branding and trade mark knowledge, experience pitching, experience running a business and working with game developers

Jayden Castillo

Accenture

Interests

I'm currently working in a design thinking consulting role, interested in working with teams who want to get to market early and gain customer validation.


Skills

I have participated in the program and have also been in the collective for 2 years. I have some experience in team visioning, design thinking and prototyping.

Josh Ryan

Accenture

Interests

Innovative IT solutions, environmental initiatives, green energy, efficient government services.


Skills

Stakeholder engagement, ICT Strategy, Program Management, Technology Consulting

Korske Ara

World Photo Day

Interests

I’m interested in teams pursuing big ideas and creating community impact through sustainable, commercial business models.


Skills

I have experience in web application development, network infrastructure management and digital marketing. Problem Solver. Founder @ World Photo Day.

Marcus Dawe

Health Horizon & MCi

Interests

Data analytics, AI


Skills

Strategy

Mark Gleeson

Performance Management & Development

Interests

Interested in App Development for Music, Education and Health, Smart use of technology, Share market/Finance


Skills

Pitch presentation, further development and application of innovation, coaching of team members, Marketing

Mathew McGann

Health Horizon

Interests

TOPICS Health, science communication and physics. TEAMS with creativity and sticktoitiveness


Skills

Run an online platform startup for 4 years, uni/industry collaboration for 3 years, theoretical physics PhD.

Matthew Johns

SMS Management & Technology

Interests

Public interest/common good ideas


Skills

Business analysis, stakeholder engagement and project execution

Mitch Harmer

SignOnSite

Interests

Construction, B2B, SaaS, Enterprise


Skills

B2B Business Models, Sales, Enterprise, First 10 customers

Owen Innes

Entry 29

Interests

Any industry is fine. I’d prefer a team that are willing to catch up over drinks/ go on a camping trip at least once together.


Skills

My background is in Communications, Marketing and Software Engineering. More recently I provide start up business advice/ mentoring and training primarily in Lean Startup Methodologies.

Pete Moore

Starteer

Interests

Very happy to work with a wide range of teams, particularly those working on software solutions and looking to have a big impact.


Skills

Applying lean startup methods, thinking outside the square and connecting to potential partners or customers, particularly in health, education and defence.

Rob Wade

Simply Logical

Interests

I'd like to work with a team that's trying to solve a real world problem - something users are going to be thankful for.


Skills

Technical (software) assistance (especially architecture) and as a sounding board for ideas.

Rommel Macaraeg

Clean Energy Regulator

Interests

Interested in teams trying to solve problems in the clean tech, fintech, general tech sector. Preferably a team of at least 3 people and those targeting industrial-sized problems but happy to mentor a team outside of those considerations.


Skills

Renewable Energy Engineering, fintech, cleantech, MBA, public policy, strategy, battery storage technologies.

Sebastian Harrison

OzGuild

Interests

Gaming, Consumer Tech


Skills

Sales, Marketing, Management, Product Design

Shubham Kandel & James Sellers

Mude & PentaQuest

Interests

Hospitality services, wearable technology and emerging technologies. We’d love to work with teams that show initiative and integrity.


Skills

Business Modelling, Gamification, experience design and design thinking. Past IACT winner, I know what it takes to win.

Stephen Hall

Department of Health

Interests

I’m primarily interesting in engaging with ideas (any industry) which are looking to disrupt existing analogue/ physical world approaches to delivering products or services, and transforming them in some way using digital technologies and digital practices.


Skills

Design Thinking, Digital, Transformation, Customer Experience, Information Architecture, Business, Marketing & Communications

Suzette Bailey

Sensory7 Pty Ltd

Interests

I am very interested in IT tech teams, science based teams and teams that need to solve managing large quantities of information.


Skills

My specific skills relate to running a business that has delivered strategic information management consultancy services, including scoping large digital content management systems, to government and large organisations.

Tabassum Fakier & Logan Smithson

Grid Labs

Interests

Looking to work with teams driven to succeed in tech (SaaS, PaaS, IoT, VR, video games, etc)


Skills

UX/UI, web development, software engineering, graphic design, small business marketing, and previous participant experience

Todd Soulas

Bonsho & Capgemini

Interests

I am looking for teams that are looking to move fast, build something and validate their idea - no specific industry or area constraints as long as it is technology focused/enabled!


Skills

I am a generalist that enjoys doing a bit of everything - with 10 years of experience in strategy consulting and running/advising startups I have experience in most areas but can help most in branding/marketing, building MVPs and testing your big assumption, strategy setting, and developing operating and revenue models.

Tom Robinson

Entry29

Interests

Highly scalable software technology businesses focussed on large markets with high growth potential.


Skills

Software skills in Web App development (RoR, Angular, Flask, node, c#, ASP.Net), DevOps (chef, bash), experience running B2E + B2C SaaS business in the FinTech Space + chemical engineer & economics skills.

Tom Worthington

TomW Communications & ANU Research School of Computer Science

Interests

Professional and university education, particularly on-line and m-learning.


Skills

Award winning e-learning designer, certified computer professional, tutor university software project students.

Trevor Clift

Siege Sloth Games

Interests

Digital products


Skills

Previous IACT winner 2014, 7 years experience with indie game development, experience with digital distribution platforms and a ton of experience pitching, presenting and demoing digital products