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Mentors

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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If you have specialist skills or expertise and you would like to offer support to start-ups, then get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!

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Advisory Board


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.

Ann Fisher

Ann Fisher

A strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in business, in 2008 Ann founded Women 4 Technology, a business networking forum for 1,500 international entrepreneurs, investors and leaders now in Cambridge, London and Manchester. She has helped build leadership teams for entrepreneurial businesses across the UK, working in Cambridge, London, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Middlesbrough.  Early in her career she founded a recruitment business which she built to a successful exit and worked as Head of Finance for an early stage software company, having trained with a top 10 Manchester accountancy firm. Ann was more recently nominated as one of the top 25 most influential business people in the Cambridge technology cluster,  and she coordinates ‘Silicon Valley Comes to the UK’, a series of events for entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders.  She is a mentor on the Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars and a business special interest group champion for Cambridge Wireless.

Mentors


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+).

Laura James

Laura James

Dr Laura James is entrepreneur in residence at the Trust & Technology Initiative, and is based at the University of Cambridge Department of Computer Science and Technology. She is also an associate at Doteveryone, where she established the Responsible Technology programme for better tech businesses. Laura’s work explores cutting edge internet technologies and turning them into useful products and systems, in technology and leadership roles in diverse contexts. She was the first employee and VP Engineering at AlertMe, on the management team at Evi (an AI startup acquired by Amazon to become Alexa), CEO of Open Knowledge International, and COO at CARET. Laura co-founded Cambridge Makespace, the Digital Life Collective, and the Festival of Maintenance. She also helped develop Field Ready, a humanitarian NGO using local manufacturing to meet essential needs. She advises and supports a range of ventures and projects, holds Masters and PhD degrees in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and is a Chartered Engineer.

Bonnie Mitchell

Bonnie Mitchell

Bonnie is an experienced Chartered Accountant with a wealth of experience across a number of sectors. Bonnie’s trained at WSM Partners where she gained invaluable experience into SMEs and owner managed businesses, providing the full range of accountancy, taxation and business advisory services. Bonnie then went on to work in the City of London working at EY in Audit and Assurance, and RBS as an Analyst. Most recently she served as Finance Director at Hippeas, a high-growth snacking brand. Having joined Hippeas at the pre-revenue stage in 2016, Bonnie worked closely with the founders in successfully launching the brand nationwide in both the UK and US retail markets, which culminated in closing a $10m capital raise in late 2017. Following the success of Hippeas, Bonnie joined the founders in setting up a US based FMCG brand incubator, Green Park Brands Inc.  Bonnie currently leads on corporate strategy and provides support to a select group of brands working to introduce new products in 2018/19.

Rob Precious

Rob Precious

Rob Precious is a technology entrepreneur, mentor and advisor with 2 exits via trade sale behind him. Rob currently runs Incubyte ltd, a technology incubator in Cambridge which focuses on a number of key areas of rapid technology evolvement including Fintech; Media and entertainment; AI, Deep learning and Computer Vision, Sustainability and Agritech. He also sits on the board of directors of Wrnch, a deep learning, AI and computer vision technology company based in Montreal, as well as several other companies he has invested in. Rob joined Geomerics, a start-up realtime radiosity lighting rendering company to launch their flagship product Enlighten, and as a crucial part of a 3 strong executive team, managed the sale of Geomerics to ARM plc having navigated the company to profitability following 2 investment rounds led by Trinity Hall College, Cambridge and nVidia Corporation. Rob’s second exit came with his first endeavour as an angel investor with a start-up, cloud rendering engine company called Playcanvas who went on to a highly successful trade sale to Snap Inc. Rob mentored and advised Playcanvas through their start-up and graduation from the Microsoft Ventures London accelerator program. 

Teddy Kim

Teddy Kim

Teddy is principal at Mustard Seed. Previously, he was as an analyst at BlackRock, a research assistant at the Yale School of Medicine, and research fellow at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California. His experience also includes coordinating community partnerships for an urban agriculture start-up and leading a team of 200 student volunteers at nationally recognized Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Centre.  

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. 

Sonia Rehill

Sonia Rehill

Sonia is a highly experienced senior public relations professional with a multi-disciplinary background of strategic communications predominantly across the financial services/FinTech sector, personal/consumer finance, stock market investing, peer-to-peer lending, equity crowdfunding, digital banking, robo-advice, and recently in venture capital funding and blockchain technology. She has considerable expertise in creating compelling content for different audiences and proven ability to grasp complex issues quickly and turn those into clear, concise, and measurable PR campaigns using both traditional and online media platforms. She has considerable experience in managing PR on a small budget and projects in excess of £100,000, developing strategy, overseeing agency support, and building in-house teams.

Sam Dodds

Sam Dodds

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.

Peter Mason

Peter Mason

Peter is a solicitor with over 10 years experience, and works in the technology group at leading entertainment and media firm, Russells. Peter advises on all matters relating to technology, data management and copyright licensing. He is also an expert on collective licensing and has worked on policy, governance and regulatory matters in the sector. Peter has been extensively involved in music industry data management projects, including the multi-territory VRDB repertoire database

Neelendra Nath

Neelendra Nath

Neelendra is a strategy consultant, start-up advisor/mentor, global connector, co-creator and CEO at Innovitas.

Nathaniel Jowitt

Nathaniel Jowitt

Nathaniel is a management consultant to FTSE 100 corporates, global consultancies, International NGOs and high-growth tech ventures with expertise in growth strategy, go-to-market, investor readiness and operational performance improvement. His specialist focus is on early and growth stage technology companies. He has multi-sector experience across technology, telecommunications, financial services, real estate, international development, energy and healthcare.

Narada McKoy

Narada McKoy

Narada is a founder and marketing specialist experienced in driving revenue growth and customer engagement for a wide range of businesses using digital strategy, data analysis and testing methodologies. He has experience working for brands such as Amazon and Adidas and has started consulting for start-ups.

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.

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