Finding the right mentor
The startup world is fast-paced, complex and constantly evolving. Finding the right mentor – someone who has been where you are now, understands the journey you’re on and has valuable learnings to share – can make all the difference.
A good mentor isn’t about having you emulate exactly what they’ve done; it’s about giving you the confidence and guidance to navigate the rookie pitfalls and shape your own fast-tracked path to success.
“Accessing this breadth of perspectives is a unique opportunity… it’s a rapid gain in knowledge instead of a drawn out process of selfguided research or hard lessons.”
Entrepreneurs in Residence
Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are experienced and successful entrepreneurs located on a part-time basis at the iAccelerate Centre.
They’re ready to assist resident companies to grow their business and may even join a start-up as a founder or invest in the company. They may also be involved in running learning sessions and workshops as part of iAccelerate Educate.
After 10 years of running his own social impact company, gDiapers in the US, UK and Europe with his wife Kim, they have returned home to Sydney to raise their sons as Aussies. They continue to run the business and are finding ways to share all the things they have learned launching and running a triple-bottom line business that creates meaning and money.
Our iAccelerate Global mentors bring a wealth of entrepreneurial talent to help you scale your idea and your business globally. They can be based anywhere in the world, offering unique insights and connections to international markets.
iAccelerate mentors are available for one-on-one mentoring in their specific area of expertise and may be able to offer local connections to residents. Many also conduct iAccelerate Educate learning sessions and workshops.
Dr. Laurence Wakelin
A medicinal chemist and pharmacologist with research experience in drug discovery and development in academia in the UK, Australia, and Ireland. Last 20 years teaching pharmacology to medical students, pharmacologists, and medicinal chemists at UNSW. Experienced in supervision and mentoring of research students and post-doctoral scientists in cancer drug discovery.
Robert has 30 years’ experience in market entry, sales and marketing operations for Australian Tech SMEs, with a focus on Asia and Europe. He was one of the original mentors at StartPad in 2011 where CriticalArc, iAccelerate’s first success story, became his focus. His original and ongoing business, sales & marketing guidance helped the company grow from a conceptual idea into a global security technology leader.
Taka has worked with many major global companies as well as on various government projects with numerous stakeholders, and successfully met targets and objectives. Since establishing Global Solutions Strategies (GSS), he has worked with a variety of SMEs, developing and implementing creative strategies to build their business and overcome their challenges, and has provided assistance to Federal, State and local governments by acting as their Small Business Specialist/Lead Consultant.
Dr Steve Andersen
Dr Steve Andersen OAM MBBS FRCPA BSC FIAC MAACB MASM has a background in Science, Medical, Pathology, Business and Education. He founded Southern-IML Pathology which has grown from 4 to 350 employees and past winner of the Illawarra Business Awards and Australian Business Excellence Awards.
Becoming a mentor
Interested in volunteering as a mentor? We are always on the lookout for dedicated mentors to connect with the iAccelerate residents and join our mentor network. We are looking for mentors to advise residents on the key areas of creating high-growth businesses.
Find out more
If you’ve got the right skills and experience and want to give an emerging entrepreneur a great start, contact us today to find out how you can volunteer as an iAccelerate mentor.