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.”

Pia Winberg, Founder and CEO, PhycoHealth

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.

Frank Marzano

Product Management and Strategy Expert, iTree Pty Ltd

Frank is the Co-Founder and Director of iTree Pty Limited, which develops software solutions for government agencies in Australia and New Zealand. B2B and B2G sales and marketing specialist.

Jason Graham-Nye

Social Entrepreneur in Residence, gDiapers

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.

Belinda Gibbons

Sustainable Development Goals,

Belinda Gibbons is a Senior Lecturer at the Sydney Business School, Faculty of Business at the University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia. Belinda’s work as part of the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education allows her to collaborate with institutions worldwide.

Global mentors

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.

Adam de Sola Pool

International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory,

Adam is an investor, mentor, board member, and new technologies competition judge with 20 years of experience in clean energy, water and hardware companies.

Matt Bullock

Founder, eWay & Spinify

Matt is a serial entrepreneur and investor who loves a deep dive into technology and applying it to solve business problems. He is passionate about helping organisations solve business problems and automate as much of their work processes as possible.

William Rosenzweig iAccelerate mentor

William Rosenzweig

Social Entrepreneur / Investor / Change Maker,

Dean and Executive Director of The Food Business School, Will is also the founding CEO of The Republic of Tea, winner of the Oslo Business for Peace Award and developed the country’s first MBAs in Social Entrepreneurship and Venture Development.

Prof Joe Steensma

Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, Washington University

Also Scholar at Institute for Public Health and Sr. Scholr of the Global Good Fund. Founder of industrial Solutions Group, one of the premier occupational and environmental health companies in the US, and other ventures in the same field.


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.

Anthony Colfelt iAccelerate business mentor

Anthony Colfelt

Creative & Technical Director, Owner, Handmade Web & Design

Boutique design studio in Berry, working with small and medium sized businesses across the Shoalhaven, Illawarra and Sydney regions on large and small scale projects, including branding, user experience, websites, digital marketing and SEO.

Adam Cole iAccelerate Mentor

Adam Cole

Partner, KPMG Australia - Corporate Structuring & Governance

Passionate about making a difference by helping clients better understand their business and its potential, exploit opportunities and solve challenges. He provides a range of tax and business advisory services to help clients grow and succeed.

Dave Peters iAccelerate business mentor

David Peters

Executive Head, Mahindra Comviva; Director, Social Impact Systems

Founder/CEO of Emagine, a software company founded in 1998 and acquired in 2017, providing enterprise marketing solutions to telecoms operators globally. Formerly of Bouygues Telecom France, Optus and Telstra, David has 25+ years experience in the mobile telecoms/marketing sectors.

Dr. Laurence Wakelin

Honorary Associate Professor,, School of Chemistry, UNSW Sydney

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 Christie

Sales & Marketing Mentor,

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.

Dr Mario Fernando

Professor of Management and Director, Centre for Cross-Cultural Management, University of Wollongong

Mario has been responsible for designing and delivering the leadership and ethics module at iAccelerate for some time. With over 20 years of experience in industry and academia, he is passionate about sharing his expertise on how businesses can do well by doing good.

Joanna Kubota iAccelerate business mentor

Joanna Kubota

Founding Mentor; Director, Global Solution Strategies

Founder/CEO of Emagine, a software company founded in 1998 and acquired in 2017, providing enterprise marketing solutions to telecoms operators globally. Formerly of Bouygues Telecom France, Optus and Telstra, David has 25+ years experience in the mobile telecoms/marketing sectors.

Leanne Isabella iAccelerate business mentor

Leanne Isabella

HR Manager, Commscope Australia

Human Resources expert and previously HR Manager during the growth phase of one of Australia’s largest start-up successes, Info Comp. A key supporter of iAccelerate, presenting Educate sessions and providing HR advice to residents.

Lothar Wilkens iAccelerate business mentor

Lothar Wilkens

Founding Principal, Wilbartec Consulting Engineers

Founder/CEO of Emagine, a software company founded in 1998 and acquired in 2017, providing enterprise marketing solutions to telecoms operators globally. Formerly of Bouygues Telecom France, Optus and Telstra, David has 25+ years experience in the mobile telecoms/marketing sectors.

Nick Hartgerink iAccelerate Mentor

Nick Hartgerink

Owner, Hartgerink Media Services

Media consultant with over 40 years’ experience in journalism and public relations, including 24 years with Fairfax and 6 years editing the Illawarra Mercury. His Illawarra-based media consultancy serves regional and national clients, and he is the author of 7 books.

Garry Pinch iAccelerate business mentor

Garry Pinch

Director, Accounting Professionals

Has developed an extensive business improvement plan that he implements with clients to achieve their business and lifestyle goals, including a focus on profit drivers, tax strategies, marketing strategy, business model, teams and monitoring/measurement.

Rebecca Lyon

Principal, Tribe Legal

Advocate for older Australians. Innovator for social change. Experienced General Counsel and Aged Care Lawyer. Passionate. Community focused. Collaborative.

Takahiro Kubota iAccelerate business mentor

Takahiro Kubota

Founding Mentor; Director, Global Solution Strategies

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.

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Dr Steve Andersen

Founder, Southern - IML Pathology

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.

Get in contact

Get in touch with us and discover how we can transform your business together.


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PHONE: (02) 4239 2150


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