Mentors


Expert guidance is crucial for the success of every new business.

That’s why ANZ Innovyz START connects its accelerator companies with world-class mentors who are who are dedicated to taking each new business to the next level.

Forget theoretical teachings and text-book answers, the ANZ Innovyz START mentors are time-tested CEOs who have grown their own businesses and worked with entrepreneurial companies for many years. They have the insight, proven credentials, practical knowledge and experience, that all companies need to achieve real results. The mentors open doors with potential partners or customers, and explain through their own experiences what works and what doesn’t.

Program Director, Dr. Jana Matthews carefully screens and selects mentors, from Australia and abroad, whose professional connections and expertise will add maximum value to each company in the accelerator. Their combined networks and experience help the companies identify unseen opportunities, polish their business plans and realise their vision.

We do mean mentor, not martyr. Mentors don’t walk away from ANZ Innovyz START empty-handed. Participation in the program gives mentors a front-row ticket to early investment opportunities and opens up a rich network of professional connections.

Interested in becoming a mentor? Contact us!

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