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Mentors

Mentors are an important part of the InnovationACT program. Thank you to all our IACT18 mentors for sharing their expertise and experiences with our teams.

Andrew Adamson

Capital Coaching Consultancy

Interests

Developing Technology and the use of Technology for improved business and personal outcomes and assisting new entrepreneurs get a start in business.


Skills

Former lawyer with skills in analysis, critical thinking and appraisal of concepts, ideas and drafting and review of documentation and trained as an executive coach to develop potential in clients.

Andy Barley

SciGround & Foundation for Young Australians

Interests

Teams driven by a social purpose (in any sector)


Skills

Founder of an edtech startup, experience coaching social enterprises, strategic planning, clear pitching

Arthur Pappas

Canberra Innovation Network

Interests

My interests are broad – I’m very interested in sustainability, food, space, energy, and social enterprise.


Skills

I’m experience in lean innovation and communications primarily, I also have some sales experience.

Awais Bhattee

Meepleman Canberra

Interests

Interested in working with projects with elements of community building, a 'lifestyle business', and/or catering to a niche.


Skills

A gamer's mindset paired with a background in community management, sales, and marketing.

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

David Williams

University of Canberra

Interests

Anything but games and preferably something that contributes to the community.


Skills

Managing ICT and Business projects, developing business cases, procurement, risk, Knowledge Management, SCUBA.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Nicholls

Deloitte Consulting

Interests

I'm passionate about business model innovation; I want to help teams to make their ideas real, by helping to define the operations needed to create value for the customer, and in turn deliver profit for the business.


Skills

I have a background in strategy and operations consulting with a focus on organisational design, end-to-end value chain reform, and asset management.

Harry Hoang CPA MIPA AFA MAICD

Tailored Accounts

Interests

I would like to develop our community through mentorship and training programs for start-up companies.


Skills

I am your right-hand financial and business strategy advisor.

James Sellers

PentaQuest

Interests

I'm interested in how technology can be used in the workplace to create changes in culture and passionate about workplace productivity and culture.


Skills

I provide experience in project management, consulting and technology implementation, I am also currently working at a startup so can provide startup growth advice.

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 in event management, pitching, running a business, and working with game developers.

Jonathan Forrester

Les Mills & emmersion

Interests

I'm looking to work with teams that are not afraid to challenge the Status Quo, push boundaries & stand out from the crowd within a diverse range of industries; hospitality, financial, technology, and fashion.


Skills

I work with, discover, instigate, and increase purposely driven brands, to best tell their unique story through the creation of strategic campaigns that only engage the senses, provide meaningful content, and deliver immersive experiences.

Logan Smithson

Grid Labs Pty Ltd

Interests

Technology-based ventures.


Skills

Web development, software engineering, maths, hardware prototyping, and previous participant experience.

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.

Matt Radcliffe

Savage Yeti Games

Interests

Interested in digital projects that simplify complex problems or provide tangible value to the common person.


Skills

Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Digital Marketing, Software development(emphasis on game development), Pitching, Previous winner of IACT17.

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.

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

Grid Labs Pty Ltd

Interests

Teams driven to succeed in tech (e.g. SaaS, PaaS, IoT, VR, video games, etc).


Skills

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

Timothy McKay

OK RDY

Interests

Education, technology, start-ups, mentoring, graduates.


Skills

Business development, communications, startups, product validation, user experience.

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.

Tommy Cheesman

Future Superfoods Pty Ltd

Interests

I have a idea for a couple of apps that could complement our cricket farming business (one that measures the GHG reductions generated as a result of cricket farming, one that automates our climate control system), but also keen to work with Dietician / Nutritionists, Biologists, Sustainable farming, Ag-Tech, Engineering, Marketing or Business Development people.


Skills

Inventor of a mobile, scalable, modular insect (cricket) farm, 24 years in the Australian Public Service (8 years as a Costing Analyst, now I assess innovative proposals), keen devourer of science journals (despite failing science at high school), have a passion for securing the future of food and innovation in general.

Warren Wong

Moulis Legal

Interests

I specialise in handling intellectual property matters, and would be well-suited to teams that are involved with developing new products/inventions/services, and teams needing brand development and management.


Skills

In addition to my professional experience in intellectual property, my broader skills involve being a clear and effective science and technology communicator (with degrees in mechanical engineering, IP law and arts).

Wendy Young

Blue Raven

Interests

My day job is business development with indie game studios. I’m keen to mentor in this area, though business development more broadly would be fine too.


Skills

Business development, coaching.