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Mentors from a wide range of backgrounds play a key role in supporting our programmes and provide workshop sessions, 1:1 mentoring and panel discussions. They work with ventures to advise, connect and encourage ideas using their expertise and knowledge.

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Mentors


Tamsin Eastwood

Tamsin Eastwood

Tamsin has 25 years’ experience advising businesses and their owners across a range of sectors, working particularly with SME and OMBs and joined Stone King in 2013. Tamsin has a thorough knowledge of company and business law; corporate finance, banking and financial services law; as well as a good understanding of property, employment and general commercial law.

Shai Vyakarnam

Shai Vyakarnam

Dr Shailendra Vyakarnam has been dedicated to enterprise education throughout his career having established entrepreneurship centres at Nottingham Business School, Cambridge Judge Business School and most recently been Director of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield. He has taught and mentored entrepreneurs in several countries, enabling founders of science and technology-enabled businesses to unlock hidden value in their ideas, turn them into full business proposals and have the confidence and self-belief to take their ideas forward. Shai continues to be curious in the mindsets, skills and knowledge and personal goals of entrepreneurs, which has led to conducting research, publications and books, alongside developing growth programmes for SMEs.

Paul Hughes

Paul Hughes

Paul has worked for over 30 years with entrepreneurs, start-ups, scaling and multinational businesses around the world. He has worked in a range of industries including health, bioscience, agritech, cleantech, hardware, software and data driven businesses at CXO level and specialises in strategy, funding, value creation, mergers & acquisitions and corporate development. He currently serves as COO of BIOS, one of the world’s leading neural engineering innovators where he is driving its strategy and scaling it internationally. He is also an advisor to a number of the UK’s most exciting impact startups (particularly tech for good) and supports various start-up incubators and competitions. Prior to joining BIOS, Paul led the development of Allia’s entire start-up support, accelerator and incubator activity and continues to be an advisor to the organisation.

Alina Trabattoni

Alina Trabattoni

Alina Trabattoni is a financial journalist and television producer with almost 30 years of experience at some of the world’s top news organisations including Bloomberg, Reuters, Associated Press, Platts, BBC, CNBC, CNN, People magazine both in print and broadcast. Alina has a BSc from the London School of Economics and an MPhil from Cambridge University.

Tak Fung

Tak Fung

Tak Fung has extensive experience in technical/engineering leadership roles for many years in some of the highest caliber companies. Having exited his own mobile games start-up he moved on to create and lead large teams at Zynga (over 60 people) to smaller teams at Google London and then Shanghai. He currently works from Shanghai in the EdTech, FashTech spaces and also keeps advisory roles in video game start-ups.”

Garry Crosby

Garry Crosby

Garry is an ActionCOACH business coach based in Peterborough – his philosophy is based on achieving clarity, getting focussed and taking action. During a 31-year career in the RAF, Garry reached the rank of Wing Commander and was appointed as the Commanding Officer of one of the RAF’s front line flying squadrons; leadership is one of his specialities. Garry also has corporate experience in sales, marketing and strategy, but his real passion is his ActionCOACH coaching business, where for 3 years he helped business owners to get what they want in business and life. Garry uses the proven business growth system from ActionCOACH to support growing businesses. Whether working on their vision, planning their finances or getting their marketing and sales working well, Garry can help business owners to get where they want to be faster than they could do it on their own.

Tad Ostrowski

Tad Ostrowski

Tad is the Founder and Managing Director of Artington Legal and is a senior corporate and commercial lawyer, qualified in England and Wales. Formerly an associate at US and UK law firms in the City of London, and a General Counsel at Travelport (NYSE) and an AIM-listed company, he has over 15 years of senior-level experience, including industry experience in the travel technology and water technology sectors. Tad’s work focuses on mergers and acquisitions, disposals, fundraisings and joint ventures, preparing companies for IPO, negotiating major commercial contracts and a wide range of commercial law matters. His clients include early-stage tech businesses, SMEs, entrepreneurs and large corporates across the globe, including Australia, France, Hungary, India, Italy, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, the UK and the USA. Tad founded Artington Legal in 2012 to provide a new kind of legal service for growing businesses, based upon commercial understanding, innovation and collaboration, and upon in-depth experience of doing business internationally. He is renowned for his commercially focused and pragmatic advice. Working hand in hand with other members of the Artington Legal team, Tad provides clients with a comprehensive range of legal advice for businesses.

Sophie Dufouleur

Sophie Dufouleur

Sophie is a brand, digital, and media specialist. She is fascinated by the communications industry and its current state and believes the digital revolution is creating endless opportunities for marketers. Her focus is on driving teams through a transformation by ensuring strong integrated communication anchored in consumer insights, while assuring synergy between the online and offline world. Outside of work, she is a keen cyclist, jazz lover, food and wine epicurean (born on a vineyard), (HOT) yoga practitioner and a champion of sustainable living!

Bryan O’Keefe

Bryan O’Keefe

Bryan is an experienced entrepreneur with an interest in helping early-stage companies fundraise and grow. He received his MBA from Imperial College London where he specialised in innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to consulting with start-ups, he has founded three start-ups of his own. His plethora of real-world experience and knowledge from his MBA helped him to develop and maintain a financial and management accounting structure for these. With his is most recent start-up, Banjo Robinson, he constructed growth and financial models and as a result, the company was able to raise over £1,000,000 from international investors. His diversified portfolio of experiences has allowed him to perfect the skills necessary to scale start-up operations. While he will generally be found deep in an excel sheet, tech platform or legal document, he also has substantial marketing and product knowledge as is customary with experienced early-stage COOs. He is particularly adept at finalising fundraising rounds as well as creating and implementing operational procedures that allow companies to thrive.

Ali Fisher

Ali Fisher

Ali is a purpose-led brand specialist. Since setting up Plans With Purpose in 2017, she has worked with a range of clients, from Unilever and Coca-Cola to start-ups, charities and community-based organisations, to put sustainability and purpose at the heart of their growth. She completed the Cambridge University Institute of sustainability leadership business sustainability management course in 2018, UCL life cycle assessment course in 2019 and UCL behaviour change course in 2020. Her credentials for purpose-led growth were established through 17 years’ experience inside FMCG, growing Unilever brands such as Dove, Persil and Flora. She believes in the power of partnership and has led numerous corporate, charity and retail partnerships at Unilever including working with Comic Relief, YMCA, Girlguiding, WE, Tesco and Boots. Her achievements in her 5 years leading the Dove self-esteem project, championing body confidence in the UK, were recognised with awards from key opinion formers, retail & Unilever. Ali brings her passion for regeneration to life locally as a volunteer writer for the Burpham pages, Founder of the creativity Bank Guildford and an active member of the Guildford environmental forum and Guildford green drinks. Ali’s purpose is to be transformational where it matters most. She donates 2% of all project fees to charity through the Work For Good programme.

Anna-Lisa Wesley

Anna-Lisa Wesley

Anna-Lisa spent almost 20 years running high profile change programmes with Deloitte and Accenture, before joining Baringa partners as Head of Innovation. In 2018 Anna-Lisa was appointed Entrepreneur in Residence with Startupbootcamp InsurTech accelerator, and founded start-up advisory firm Sapphire and Steel with her business partner, Pete Blake. She is in demand as a strategy coach to FTSE 100 and 250 leadership teams and a mentor with Accenture, TechStars, Bethnal Green Ventures and SETsquared Bristol.

Pete Blake

Pete Blake

Pete is a technology consultant, brand strategist and design thinker who’s spent 25 years working with founders and senior leadership teams at global brands to support innovation and entrepreneurship. For the past 6 years he has focused on the London startup ecosystem and in 2018 he set up Sapphire and Steel with his business partner Anna-Lisa Wesley. Pete is a mentor with TechStars, Accenture, Bethnal Green Ventures and SETsquared and a non-exec director with aviation industry startup Blockaviation and social enterprise OneFest.

Naily Makangu

Naily Makangu

Starting as a Software Engineer at Siemens Industry Software, Naily carved her own path into creating Athena Leaders, a remote-first management and leadership consultancy. Having extensive experience in STEMM, she understands first-hand the leadership challenges faced within the industry. Her quest is to support businesses who are frustrated with not making progress, in need of transforming their existing leaders and looking for new practises to bring their teams together to share in the same mission. Think of her as the Mary Poppins of Business – sweeping away challenges while encouraging more laughter, play and creating happy high-performing teams. To add, she has a proven track record of turning around struggling organisations and complex software projects/programmes. She once took an organisation from the brink of closure to winning five awards in less than a year. Some of the awards included “Most Outstanding Leader” and “Best Trainer” in the UK, and “Best Local Growth & Development Program” in Europe. When she is not working, she loves salsa and sport, mostly Tennis and Boxing. Feel free to check her out on LinkedIn if you’d like to find out more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nailymakangu/

Alessandra Caggiano

Alessandra Caggiano

Alessandra has considerable experience in managing high profile complex projects and growing start-ups into successful ventures. She has a natural talent for building relationships with key stakeholders as evidenced through her most recent role at This Land™ and previously directing the much loved e-Luminate Cambridge Festival, which she founded in 2012. With extensive skills in business development, prior to joining This Land, Alessandra set up two successful companies within the arts and culture sector. She also held positions in arts development at Cambridge City Council, providing strategic support to cultural organisations across the city, and held lecturing positions at Anglia Ruskin University.

Kalpesh Baxi

Kalpesh Baxi

Kalpesh has 22 years’ experience of working for SThree, a FTSE listed global staffing specialist focused on STEM skills and industries. In his last role, he was running a multi-million-pound UK&I business unit and was a member of the UK&I main board, and took an active interest in the company’s CSR programmes. During his career he has been involved in multiple business ventures from start-ups, turnarounds and high growth business units and has been fortunate to work with clients from start-ups through to global enterprises across multiple industries. Kalpesh can bring value by supporting on hiring strategies, leadership mentoring, and go to market/customer segmentation and helping an organisation through change while keeping an eye on delivering the plan.

Charlene Waterworth

Charlene Waterworth

Charlene is a fully qualified chartered marketer, with over 15 years experience, and has worked within the high-growth, venture-backed technology sector for most of her career. She began monitoring venture capital trends in Europe while employed at Library House, a Cambridge-based boutique consultancy founded by the Cambridge Angels. After leaving Library House, Charlene caught the start-up bug and embarked on her freelance career. During her time as a contractor, Charlene worked with some prestigious clients, including Silicon Valley Bank, where she launched their UK branch in London and developed the brand to become one of the most well known and iconic brands in venture-backed tech. Most recently, Charlene joined Ieso Digital Health,where she experienced first hand the challenges faced by a growing and scaling business. She supported Ieso’s management to achieve a successful Series A funding round, while growing both the marketing function and company brand. Charlene now provides consulting services to technology and venture capital businesses in the UK.

Claire Vane

Claire Vane

Director of Integrated Resources, Claire is an HR and search consultant with expertise in European search, resourcing, performance improvement and management, HR operations, process re-engineering and strategy execution and HR transformation through organisation restructuring and coaching. Prior to this, as a HR director, Claire focused on organisation transformation for business development and recruitment and developed rigorous processes and systems. Claire has held executive level senior resourcing posts in blue chip organisations including one of the world’s biggest search firms and one of the top city law firms, having trained originally in manufacturing at ICI. Claire is also an experienced coach and has helped many individuals achieve their personal and professional goals.  

Narada McKoy

Narada McKoy

A growth marketing expert with 10 years’ experience in business ranging from Amazon to Adidas and successful start-ups. Narada is the founder of Bravada, the ‘On-Demand marketing agency’ and have worked with startups across a range of verticals including, Fin-tech, Edu-tech, B2C apps and the non-profit sector, helping them find their first customers and grow sustainably. His areas of expertise include paid marketing strategy and execution, app marketing, customer engagement and data analytics. Narada was also part of a previous Allia incubator programme in 2018 and 2019 mentoring FirstHomeCoach, Local Buyers Club and Glow.

Annalisa Roy

Annalisa Roy

Annalisa has been building brands for over 15 years, initially as a graphic designer and then as a strategist. Her experience spans across multiple categories: she led the content development for Cartier, Braun and Footlocker, launched the first interactive HD live stream on YouTube for BT and lead strategic innovation on Eurostar and Sainsbury’s. She spent 4 years on the board of Abbot Mead Vickers, has led the global strategy on SCA at Publicis, has been consulting for Secret Escapes, Tandem Bank, SportPursuit and working with Bartle Bogle Hegarty to lead innovation projects on Samsung Europe.

Katherine Wiid

Katherine Wiid

Katherine has more than 23 years’ experience in recruitment and career management and has a deep understanding of what motivates people at work. As one of just 550 people in the world to have mastered a psycho linguistic conversational tool (the LAB Profile) she works with hiring managers to pinpoint what drives candidates, how they process information and how they make decisions. Her approach leads to her clients becoming very clear on how they can recruit with confidence and create an environment where their new hires operate at peak performance levels. Trusted and experienced, her profiling, coaching and mentoring is thought-provoking and facilitates awareness and understanding of differences in people in a non-judgmental way. Her unique skill set is used to resolve workplace situations, increase recruitment accuracy and coach professionals on their careers.

Esther Jolley

Esther Jolley

Esther has 17 years experience enabling globally recognised brands to extend into new product categories. Brands include P&G (Braun, Max Factor, Febreze, Fairy, Vidal Sassoon), Coca-Cola, Hershey’s, Jaguar Land Rover, Harley-Davidson, Kodak, Disney, Warner Bros and Universal. Her expertise includes a range of disciplines including category, market and competitor analysis, strategic planning, sales, negotiation, brand/design, product development, manufacturing/QC, distribution, sales and marketing, financial analysis and reporting. Esther has broad knowledge of the retail landscape across multiple product categories in key markets worldwide, and has experience in project management, client management and problem-solving. She has managed agency teams in offices around the world, so has good knowledge of cross-cultural working practices and the need to establish good communication and clear processes.

Heidi Fisher

Heidi Fisher

Heidi is a multi-award winning specialist in social enterprise and social impact. Heidi is listed on the WISE100 (2017) as one of the 100 most influential and inspiring women in social enterprise in the UK, and her CIC is listed on the NatWest SE100 Index 2019. Heidi’s background is as a Chartered Accountant, having trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Heidi has worked with over 2,100 social enterprises, ranging from start-ups through to those with over £1 billion of income supporting them to become more sustainable, develop their trading income and to measure and report the impact they have. Heidi is the author of the best-selling book “Social Enterprise: How to successfully set up and grow a social enterprise.”

Andrew Hatcher

Andrew Hatcher

Andrew has a long history of identifying, developing and managing innovative solutions within corporate environments, and notably created and implemented a comprehensive and international innovation management system while working for Reuters, the European media group.  Subsequently working with Reuters Venture Capital, his career at the company culminated with a role as CEO of an Asian-based internet trading corporate spin-out in Singapore which he took through initial VC funding and on to a trade sale. He has created and runs a number of smaller companies since 2004. With a personal corporate history that includes journalism, software development, project management, marketing and strategic sales, Andrew draws on a wealth of experience in all aspects of business management gained through working internationally, predominantly in the US and UK.  He is a chartered marketer and lectures on strategic marketing, innovation, metrics and decision making at Cambridge Marketing College. 

Pradeep Debata

Pradeep Debata

Pradeep is the Managing Director and Finance Trainer at Accelerate East. He is an ex central banker with a decade of experience in markets and finance leadership at JPMorgan, Nomura and Merrill Lynch; Pradeep is a highly experienced global executive with a keen interest in fintech and innovation. He holds an MPhil and MBA from the University of Cambridge and Cambridge Judge Business School and was awarded fellowships from of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Cambridge Trusts. Pradeep has undertaken up a number of strategy and investment consultancy assignments in the SME and high growth innovation space and conducts financial training for executives, entrepreneurs and bankers. He is available for discussions for non-executive director, key executive positions; and for mentoring and consultation.

Isabel Napper

Isabel Napper

Isabel is a lawyer with over 30 years’ experience of advising a variety of businesses – from SMEs through to global PLCs in the technology and healthcare/life science areas. Starting her career at Hogan Lovells, she went on to become head of the technology group at a leading UK law firm, specialising in intellectual property. Now a NED on the board of three different tech companies Isabel therefore has a wide range of board experience in corporate governance and strategic matters as well as operational issues such as HR, business development, budgeting and training.  Isabel enjoys working with growing companies on strategy and commercial issues. She is currently a mentor for start-ups on the Pitch@Palace programme and also advises other high growth companies. Isabel has a particular interest in health, education and service sector businesses and enjoys the world of social media, marketing and PR.

Preethi Sundaram

Preethi Sundaram

Preethi is the Head of B2B Marketing for LinkedIn in EMEA, where she leads the strategy for their technology companies. She also runs her own consultancy through The B2B School where she works with businesses that are scaling, supporting them in their marketing strategy, infrastructure and execution. She’s particularly passionate about educating businesses about how to build out a marketing plan and how to do their own marketing. She’s worked with SaaS companies, artists and even the government of Italy!

Pyarali Jamal

Pyarali Jamal

Pyarali has 27 years of international experience, of which 10 years was with EY in client-facing M&A and financing transaction advisory positions in Canada, and in internal strategy and operations roles in the EY Global offices in London and in the EY UK & Ireland firm. He was a corporate & commercial banker in the early part of his career. Pyarali was CEO and COO of London Re-use Limited, a Non-Executive Director of Big Issue Invest, Chair of The Social Enterprise Loan Fund, and a Member of the Aga Khan Economic Planning Board for the UK. He was involved in launching the Retail Charity Bond plc platform, and has advised various mission-driven organisation in the UK and overseas. Pyarali mentors founders of early and later stage companies through his involvement with Startup Lisboa, Portugal Ventures, and with the Columbia University Business School’s Social Venture Advisory Network.

Ypatios Moysiadis

Ypatios Moysiadis

Ypatios started as a management consultant, specialising in assisting pre-seed and growth phase start-ups and SMEs across different organisations. Since 2006, he capitalized on the legislative introduction of renewable energy incentives and expanded his scope into the development, construction and operation of renewable energy assets. This work led to posts at major British and international organisations like Galliford Try Group, Grupotec, Foresight Group, BayWa r.e. and Greensolver across several EU countries. Today, Ypatios focuses on sustainability and innovation, mostly in the Greentech and Cleantech spaces. He is the BDD & UK Country Manager in Greensolver Group, a visiting lecturer at City University Cass Business School, helps coach start-ups and invests in cleantech companies himself. He is also the Vice-Chair in the O&M Task Force for Solar Power Europe and the Innovation Ambassador for the Solar Trade Association.

Kirsten Corrigan

Kirsten Corrigan

A versatile brand strategist and agency founder, Kirsten knows the highs and lows of starting and running a fast-growing business. With more than a decade leading teams and delivering strategic insight for clients across multiple sectors, she is acutely aware of the challenges that entrepreneurs face and is used to guiding and advising across the entire operational spectrum. A former journalist, she is a skilled communicator and knows how to ask the right questions to bring about ideas and collaboration among teams.

Helena Kim

Helena Kim

Dr Helena Kim is an experienced executive coach, an interpersonal dynamics expert, and a Cognitive Behavioural specialist, who is currently writing a book on challenging conventional wisdom in leadership skills training.  Her clients include CEO’s, senior executives and leaders from UBS, The National Gallery, Anson, Horta, Hays, NHS, Undo and the University of Cambridge in the UK; Baxter in Belgium, and the U.S. Air Force. Helena started her career working with clients with depression and anxiety, moving onto teaching and researching at the University of Virginia: Consulting Psychology, Career Development, Leadership Development, Communication and Group Dynamics. She also trains post-graduates at the University of Cambridge in interpersonal dynamics in groups.

Jelena Aleksic

Jelena Aleksic

Jelena is a geneticist turned entrepreneur, passionate about the potential of biotechnology to improve patients’ lives. She is the CBO and co-founder of PharmEnable, a drug discovery company making a difference to patients by developing the next generation of small molecule drugs for challenging disease areas. PharmEnable specialises in accelerated drug discovery, unlocking chemical space using proprietary AI and advanced medicinal chemistry. Jelena completed her PhD at Cambridge University in Genomics and Computational Biology, followed by a postdoc position researching the Epigenetics of a rare genetic disorder, Dubowitz Syndrome. She is the former CEO and co-founder of GeneAdviser, an online ordering platform for genomic medicine now owned by the UK NHS. Having learned about the challenges in diagnosing rare diseases, she co-founded GeneAdviser to make it easier for doctors to find and order tests for their patients. She is a trustee of the charity TReND in Africa, which focuses on scientific capacity building across the African continent. Jelena is also the director of a life sciences consultancy, SparkBio Ltd.

Elena Carpenter

Elena Carpenter

Change management specialist making people and process change work for humans. Elena helps your team to build trust and buy-in for the change you’re seeking, observe and understand your current challenges, and design and implement solutions for process improvement. With over 25 years’ experience in training, coaching, process improvement, support and operational management, Elena’s career has taken her to Lloyds, The University of Cambridge and a number of national and local charities. Most recently at non-profit impact consultancy New Philanthropy Capital, where she led the organisation through key operational changes including financial management systems and process improvements. Elena’s experience allows her to focus on both systems and behaviour change, getting to the nexus of people, process and culture – the three areas crucial for effective change management.

Liam Eves

Liam Eves

Liam is an experienced entrepreneur and executive specialising in growing SME’s in the Life Sciences and MedTech sectors with a track record of business growth in both private and public companies. He is experienced in all stages of the business cycle from start-ups to corporate, strategy, business planning, operational implementation, business development, M&A, flotation (IPO) and fundraising (£100m+).

Steven Kear

Steven Kear

Specialising in embedded systems and electronic product development, Steven has over 15+ years’ experience working in the electronics and technology industries with a range of clients (from fledgling start-ups to multinational corporations, higher education institutions and government) – helping them to harness technology, drive innovation and ultimately bring a product to market. Steven has been a technology industry adviser to UK Government’s BEIS Smart Meter HAN Advisory group, a Mentor to both the Digital Catapult’s, IoTUK ‘Boost’ and ‘Mentor Network’ programmes. Currently, he is Founder of Kear Technology Solutions, a Digital Business Advisor to Nottingham Trent University’s Business School (The Big House Programme), a visiting Consultant to AND Technology Research Ltd and Initiator of The Things Network, Chelmsford – aiming to establish an open, free, Internet of Things network for the benefit of everyone in the City of Chelmsford. 

Sam Dods

Sam Dods

Sam has over 20 years’ experience in starting, growing, selling, operating in and integrating companies ranging from a small start-up to a Euronext Amsterdam listed, €2+ Billion multinational. Former Technical Director, Managing Director and Head of Organisational Development, Sam is a values driven leader who has lived and worked on 4 continents and developed a profound awareness of the importance of psychodynamics in today’s workplace.

Mitali Chopra

Mitali Chopra

Having spent majority of work life in leadership roles at Microsoft, GE and GoDaddy, Mitali now helps business leaders to scale profitably and run efficiently. She has led businesses to scale teams from 12 to 460 team members and has rich experience in business strategy & planning, operational excellence, HR, finance, IT, and sales & marketing of multi-million businesses.

Adam Greenwood-Byrne

Adam Greenwood-Byrne

Adam is CEO at Cambridge remote access SaaS business, RealVNC. Responsible for seamlessly transitioning from a perpetual software product to a subscription service model, as well as single-handedly building an OEM license revenue stream, Adam’s combination of deep technical knowledge and business acumen is driving significant value, with MRR growth over 50% in 2018. With a background in Mathematics & Computation, and a career spent growing tech companies from the ground up, Adam brings both business and product development skills. He is passionate about bridging the perceived gap between engineering & commercial teams, and is an agent for change who is particularly allergic to the phrase “because we’ve always done it like that”.

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