iAccelerate Mentor

"The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves." Steven Spielberg

In the fast paced startup world, mentors represent a critical advisory relationship between those who have done it before, with those about to do it.

We believe that valuable outcomes and learnings are achieved through shared understanding of expectations.

The passing down of the "lessons learned" provides a fast track path for the new entrepreneur and assists them in avoiding many beginner mistakes.


Mentor Guidelines

We have developed bespoke Mentor Guidelines that aim to assist with the development of the network, management of expectations and improve outcomes.  This is particularly important for those who are new to the process and want to avoid the pitfalls (mentor and mentee alike).

Download a PDF Copy


Mentor Skills Matrix

We have developed a Mentor Skills Matrix that aims to advise iAccelerate residents on the key areas of expertise for each of our mentors. 

Download a PDF Copy - Knowledge, Skills and Experience 1

Download a PDF Copy - Knowledge, Skills and Experience 2

Download a PDF Copy - Industry Expertise


If you are interested in becoming a mentor in the iAccelerate community - contact us.


Entrepreneur in Residence:

Frank Marzano
iAccelerate Entrepreneur in Residence, Product Management and Strategy expert, speciailising in B2B, B2G Sales and Marketing | LinkedIn

Frank is the Co-Founder and Director of iTree Pty Limited, an Illawarra based software company that develops software solutions for government agencies in Australia and New Zealand, that improve productivity and efficiency in the areas of regulation, compliance and enforcement. Frank joins iAccelerate as an Entrepreneur In Residence to assist resident companies with Product Management and Strategy speciailising in B2B and B2G Sales and Marketing. 



Researcher in Residence:

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Dr Robert Gorkin III
iAccelerate Researcher in Residence, Associate Professor, PhD, MBA

Robert has extensive experience at the academic-industry coalface through research and project management in Advanced Manufacturing and Biotechnology. He is an Associate Professor at UOW, leading the team behind a Gates Foundation project developing revolutionary new condoms. He also is a co-founder of the leading Australian Graphene company, Imagine Intelligent Materials, where he manages research engagement with Australian and overseas partners. His work has led to over 100 publications (1500+ citations), over $5M in grants awarded from both academic and commercial positions, and direct involvement in disruptive startups leading to investment, products, sales, and community benefits. Robert is helping iAccelerate link emerging companies with researchers and entrepreneurial academics with opportunities, as well as helping develop impact investment funds.


Film Makers in Residence:

Nick Bolton, Jess Milne
Directors of Ten Alphas


Ten Alphas are an Australian video production company with offices in Sydney, Wollongong NSW and Melbourne, they are passionate about telling stories through moving image content. Ten alphas videos aim to engage audiences through a combination of creative scripting of touching personal human stories, out-of-the-ordinary scenarios, beautiful cinematography, motion graphics and animation. 

Ten Alphas are the are currently making a documentary on 'The Art of Start Up Perseverance', following some of the iAccelerate residents as they develop their business. The aim of the documentary is to inspire all entrepreneurs: established, emerging and new to understand what perseverance is required to be a success, whilst showcasing the iAccelerate program. Read more

Founding Mentors:

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Takahiro and Joanna Kubota l LinkedIn

Global Solution Strategies â€“ Sales and Marketing

Since establishing GSS in Australia, Take and Joanna have worked to bring their global expertise to the Illawarra and South Cost, assisting a huge variety of companies covering a wide array of industries, from startups to well-established firms, and ranging in size from micro businesses up to companies and government departments with hundreds of employees. Operating from an office in iAccelerate Start, Taka and Joanna utilise their internationally-gained experience and skills to offer assistance to the residents of iAccelerate and help them identify issues, provide guidance on strategy, exploit opportunities, keep them focused on the main game and generally do their utmost to fast-track the resident companies’ expansion and ensure their success. For more information about GSS


Supporting Mentors:

Jill Bryant

Currently: Chair, Screenrights. Director, Keyline Communications. Marketing Stratey and Development Consultant, Sydney Youth Orchestras. - Arts Marketing and General Management expert | LinkedIn

Gary Bunker

Head of UX Strategy, theFore - UX & Usability Specialist  | LinkedIn

Adam Cole iAccelerate Advisor
Adam Cole

KPMG - Corporate Structuring & Governance LinkedIn

Jeremy Colless

Managing Partner, Artesian Capital Management - Venture funding and angel investment expert | LinkedIn

Topaz Conway

Entrepreneur and Angel Investor, Chairman PAFtec, Case Manager Commercialisation Australia- Startup expert | LinkedIn

Antonio Deliseo

CEO, Asia-Pacific, Bond International Software | LinkedIn

Tim Ellis

Executive Director, Canadian Association of Business Incubation - Expert Startup Mentor and business coach | LinkedIn

Hamish Hawthorn

CEO, ATP Innovations - Expert in early-stage technology companies, venture funding, angel investment and entrepreneurship | LinkedIn

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Nick Hartgerink

UOW - PR + Communications Read More

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Richard Horton

Partner, Squire Patton Boggs - Expert in venture capital funds and tech startups doing business in the US | LinkedIn

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Leanne Isabella

Commscope - Management + Human Resources LinkedIn

Joanna Kubota

Director, Global Solution Strategies - Sales & Marketing expert | LinkedIn

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Takahiro Kubota

Director, Global Solution Strategies - Sales & Marketing expert | LinkedIn

Steven Maarbani

Partner, Venture Capital & Private Equity at PwC - Corporate lawyer specialising in Venture Capital and Private Equity, M&A and the commercialisation of technology | LinkedIn

Tony Marlow
Tony Marlow

Head of Category Insights, Yahoo - Digital Expert LinkedIn

Tim Marshall iAccelerate Advisors
Tim Marshall

Marshall Legal - Intellectual Property LinkedIn

Frank Marzano
Co-Founder and Director, iTree  - Product management and strategy / B2B, B2G Sales and Marketing | LinkedIn
Patrick Mooney

Currently: Managing Director, WorldStage Pty Ltd. Adjunct Lecturer, International Entrepreneurship & Strategy,Australian School of Business. Technology Commercialisation and International Business Development expert (Venture Capital & Private Equity) | LinkedIn

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John Morris

Managing Director, Coffeys EMS - Utilities, Resources, Services and Defence | LinkedIn

James Parish iAccelerate Advisor
James Parrish

RMB Lawyers - Shareholder Agreements LinkedIn

Garry Pinch iAccelerate Advisor
Garry Pinch

Accounting Professionals - Accounting, Tax and Finance LinkedIn

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Larissa Robertson

Founder and Managing Director of SCO Recruitment and social enterprise, Trim and Proper Property Services LinkedIn

Daniel Rowan

Managing Director, Internetrix - Business, Sales LinkedIn

If you are interested in becoming a mentor in the iAccelerate community - contact us.