#StartupADL #Mentor Spotlight


One of the great things about Startup Weekend is that our participants get access to some great mentors. In this post, we wanted to profile these successful businesspeople who have been kind enough to donate their time to advise our entrepreneurs.


Geoff Kwitko

Geoff is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and sold several internet companies in recent years. This included a sharemarket discussion community with 22,000 members. Geoff now works as an internet marketing consultant for medium-sized companies.


Pari Pathak

Pari is the Co-Founder and Director of the Adelaide-based software development company, Magnifier Technologies. For over 10 years, Pari has developed and rolled out many SaaS, enterprise scale applications. He is always keen to mentor young entrepreneurs with great skills and ideas.


Craig Yeung

Craig is a Partner in Piper Aderman’s corporate division. He has extensive experience advising on corporate, commercial and securities law. Craig also serves as a mentor for the Sydney tech incubator, PushStart.

David Barth

David Bartholomeusz

David is the Founder of Griffin Alliance. In his career, he has grown bricks and mortar businesses in the hospitality industry without bank or investor finance. He sits on the Global Learning Committee of the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) and leads the EO Accelerator program in South Australia.

Doug Adamson

Doug Adamson

Doug is a Case Manager for Commercialisation Australia, assisting companies to introduce new products, processes and services to the  market. Doug has grown, managed and sold businesses in media, distribution and web software.


Jason Goodridge

Jason is the Managing Director of Axios IT; a company that has been recognised on growth lists in BRW, inBusiness and Smart Company. In 2010, Axios took out the Telstra SA Small Business of the Year Award.


Philip Mayes

Philip is the Co-Founder of Mighty Kingdom, Adelaide’s leading game developers. Working with Jindou Lee, Philip helped create Happy Inspector, which is now operating in San Francisco. Philip also gained experience working for Ratbag Games.


Quentin Zervaas

Quentin is the founder of Transit Times and is the author of Practical Web 2.0 Applications with PHP. He also runs his own company, Zervaas Enterprises.


Jason Cross

Jason is the VP of Innovation Engineering at Aston Club, a mobile payment platform. Jason has been developing software since he was 8 and has assisted many startups get off the ground, most notably Boogiespot.


Anita Nedosyko

Anita is the CEO of The UniCoach, a company that was formed at Startup Weekend 2012 and participated in the 2013 ANZ Innovyz START program. Anita looks forward to using her knowledge and experience to assist new businesses grow.


Andrew Andrews

Andrew is a tech sector veteran who started coding in the 70s. In 2001, he founded EzyPayroll, a tech-centric payroll solution with clients worldwide. Andrew is also the CIO of MiTimes, a time-keeping application for the legal profession.

Stuart Snyder

Stuart Snyder

Stuart was the Co-Founder and CFO of YourAmigo, which commercialised innovative search technology. YourAmigo was installed on websites in over 30 different companies, including many of the world’s top 100 ecommerce companies.


Remco Marcelis

Remco has been a CFO and COO in innovative technology and cleantech businesses for over 10 years. He has served as an Investment Director for Paragon and Investment Manager for Playford Capital.


Vinh Giang

Vinh is an online entrepreneur who co-founded the Encyclopedia of Magic, the company that won the first Startup Weekend in Adelaide. His team went on to receive the Young Entrepreneurs of the Year Award from Business SA.


Adam Jenkins

Adam is an IT lecturer at UniSA, teaching programming and issues around new media and technology. His focus includes web, mobile and game development. Adam was also the VP of Wikimedia Australia.


Emma Beams

Emma is an Intrapreneurship Consultant, who oversaw the creation of Venture Dorm, a practical entrepreneurship education program to help startups validate their business idea and find a viable business model.

Emma was kind enough to sit down with us for an interview about Startup Weekend Adelaide:


Finn Peacock

Finn is an expert in PPC advertising and creating and communicating businesses USPs. Finn was featured in Tim Ferriss’ book “The 4 Hour Work Week”.


Rebekah Ireland

Rebekah works within the Career Services division of UniSA. She is also the Managing Director of her own business, Rhodes Recruitment. She is currently the Vice Chair of the SA Australian Teleservices Association and Business Development – Strategy for Start Up.


Mark Bruce

Mark is a Commerical Manager at ITEK. In this role, he has taken early stage scientific discoveries from the laboratory, through technological development and introduction to customers in the marketplace.


Chris Nicolas

Chris is the Co-Founder of Pocket Menu and one of the founding members of Majoran Distillery. He started his first company at 21 which used technology to source, perform due diligence and acquire over $5,000,000 worth of property.


Hung Ngo

Hung is the Co-Founder of Invision Net, an internet marketing agency. He has taught marketing concepts at the Affiliate Summit in Las Vegas. Invision Net creates online marketing campaigns for a wide range of industries.


Chris Fah

Chris is a fellow Co-Founder of Invision Net. He helps organisations to meet their business goals using pay-per-click advertising and great web pages.


Dr Peter Balan

Peter is an Entrepreneurship Lecturer at UniSA. He joined the university after an international management career in Switzerland, Germany, France and the UK.


Jo Shanahan

Jo is the Director of DVE Business Solutions, a technology consultancy. Jo also runs her own eCommerce startup, Animal Therapeutics Online. Jo was recently named a finalist in the Anthill 30 Under 30 Awards.

We are really grateful for our mentors and we thank them for making Startup Weekend Adelaide such a great event!