Let's future-proof your business.

Mentor Match

Our Mentor Match program is designed to connect you with skilled business mentors to help you on your journey to grow and scale.

If you’re accepted into the program, you’ll be matched with a mentor (you can find out more about our mentors below) and work with them over the course of three 1-hour sessions. You might work with them to develop your business model or strategy, solve a particular challenge or issue, or help you develop networks and connections – it’s up to you!

Applications for our first round of mentoring are open now. Hurry, places are limited, and are on a first-come-first-served basis. Once closed, our next round of mentoring will open on the 1st of October.

Entry into the mentoring program is competitive, and completing an application does not guarantee entry into the program.

Please note, to be eligible for Mentor Match, you must have been in business for a minimum of 12 months.

 

Your Mentors

Our mentors are here to support you on your journey and as past and present business owners themselves, they understand the unique challenges faced by high growth businesses. They have a raft of experience in a range of industries, and have worked with startups and businesses on everything from innovation, ideation, commercialisation, and growth and scale.

Check out more of their experience below!

    Brisbane

  • Kellie Dyer

    Mentor

    Kellie is a creative and enthusiastic person with a diverse range of experience. Kellie has applied her highly regarded skills in business, technology, and innovation to supporting large infrastructure organisations, small and medium-sized businesses, academia, and other research centres. Working as the Adoption and Commercialisation Manager for a research-based organisation allowed Kellie to appreciate different commercialisation strategies. Pragmatic, versatile, adaptable and with a strong sense of determination are qualities that have naturally drawn Kellie towards activities that involve bringing diverse groups of people together to achieve mutually beneficial business objectives. Kellie is a non-executive director of a financial services organisation and a national research organisation. She has been involved in a number of strategic projects, including launching spin-offs and re-branding and re-positioning other types of organisations. Kellie is a certified Innovation Facilitator and is both a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    B.Bus. (Mgt & Mkt), MBA (Tech Mgt), GAICD

    Technical specialities: Commercialisation processes, R&D, research collaborations

    Sector specialities: Financial services, local government, research centres

  • Anne-Marie Walton

    Mentor

    Anne-Marie brings a first-hand understanding of entrepreneurs’ needs through her immersion in the startup sector as; a founder; former Community Manager of Fire Station 101 (one of Queensland’s leading innovation hubs; and via the University of Southern Queensland as part of the development team of an entrepreneurship program for women. Anne-Marie’s knowledge is supported by 20+ years’ experience in corporate, small business and community ventures. She has a large network of contacts in the government and private sector and a strong background in human resources, business operations and effective stakeholder engagement. This has come from a track record in event management, driving partnerships, maximising resources and streamlining processes. As the founder and CEO of KidsWantu, a marketing and social impact platform that helps busy families have quality fun time together, Anne-Marie is an working example of how to take an idea and scale it to the world.

    Technical specialities: Business Strategy, Community Building, Presentation Skills

    Sector specialities: Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Communication

  • Cameron Johns

    Mentor

    Cameron has worked for over 20 years assisting business, ASX-listed companies, research organisations, not-for profits, social enterprises and global Fortune 500s to take ideas and turn them into products, services and impact. Cameron has assisted with over 65 Industry to Research Collaborations to assist in the commercialisation and translation of research into outcomes and impact. Cameron has trained many Australian and International research organisations in commercialisation and innovation, as well as working with these organisations to drive their innovations out into industry. He is the co-author of the Research Innovation Canvas; an innovation evaluation tool which several National and Australian research organisations use when developing new commercially-viable projects. Cameron is also a master of lean canvas methodologies and has implemented these skills in many projects.

    Cameron’s proven experience in delivering innovation training and his experience in commercialisation across Australasia was key in him being part of a small team that created the learning blueprint for training new patent attorneys for IP Australia and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. He has consulted on the go to market strategy of numerous innovations and IP portfolios from research organisations and industries.  Cameron has also founded and run start-ups and also created and managed a private equity firm to invest in early stage innovations. He has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients, and for himself,  which gives him end to end understanding of commercialisation and innovation.

    B.App.Sc. (Aquaculture), Grad.Dip. Commercialisation, Cert IV Project Management, Cert IV Small Business Management

    Technical specialities: commercialisation, university-industry collaborations, capital raising, business models and innovation systems

    Sector specialities: food & agribusiness/aquaculture, professional services, research sector and not for profits

  • Pushpa Bakshi

    Mentor

    Pushpa over 25 years has honed her skills on international stages in Government, Education and Multinational companies.

    Her Directorship and Governance strength has demonstrated her abilities developing industrial relations and long-term partnerships with associated projects. With know-how in compliance and sitting on various Boards both profit and non-profits, Pushpa reported to diverse Executive Committees, Council, Government and Stakeholders.

    Being a performance-driven, forward-thinking, multi-lingual Business Executive, Pushpa has accumulated far-reaching expertise in facets of leading profit-generating operations through innovative team development and a superior understanding of client needs. Her leadership organisation endeavours to meet customers’ needs in all aspects.

    Pushpa enthusiastically empowers audiences, taking projects on a journey of dependable progression. As a Coach, Speaker, Author and Transformational Leader, Pushpa’s mission is to inspire, lead and transform individuals & organisations through their people. She provides mentoring in Entrepreneurial, Innovation Leadership to Corporates, SME’s, Professionals, Millennials, Women, and Individuals resulting in countless successful outcomes.

    Technical specialities: leadership & innovation, business essentials, entrepreneurship and corporate excellence

  • Lewis Atkinson

    Lewe is a unique innovation and design-thinking professional and international Strategic Management facilitator. He has 30 years’ experience in knowledge production and transfer through both commercial and public-good innovation pathways to market. He started his boundary-spanning career in FMCG operations, planning and research with Unifoods Australia. In 1993 he became Research and Information Services Manager for Australian Meat Technology Pty Ltd, a CSIRO technology start-up and management consulting company. He joined a team that started a new industry-owned innovation and marketing services company – Meat and Livestock Australia Ltd – where he has held several senior executive positions over the past 16 years. Lewe’s solid technical and financial grounding, combined with a strong creative side, enables him to see patterns, pathways, and solutions that others often miss. He works with clients all over Australia facilitating and consulting in Strategic Planning & Management, Innovation, Cross-boundary Collaboration and Research Leadership Development.

    B.Sc. (Health & Biological Sciences), Chartered Engineer, Chartered Chemist

    Technical specialities: Innovation systems, product development

    Sector specialities: Meat & livestock, agribusiness, profit-for-purpose & community organisations