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Mentors

Martin Checketts

Partner, Mills Oakley

Martin leads Mills Oakley’s Private Advisory team, a dedicated multi-disciplinary legal service for private business owners and high net worth individuals. The Private Advisory team has developed a number of innovative offerings to address the specific needs of this segment. Martin is a specialist in M&A, exit planning and employee equity arrangements. Martin has been a lawyer for over 20 years and spent eight years with the likes of Howes Percival (UK) and Ashurst before joining Mills Oakley.

Samantha Wong

Head of Operations, Blackbird Ventures

Before taking on her role at Blackbird, Sam co-founded two startups including Startmate alumni Gravity and CapacityHQ.

She was previously global project manager at SurfStitch.com, spent almost six years as a lawyer at Minter Ellison and currently serves as partner and mentor at Startmate.

Ash Maurya

Author of Running Lean and Creator of the Lean Canvas

Ash Maurya is the author of the international bestseller “Running Lean: How to Iterate from Plan A to a plan that works” and the creator of the one-page business modeling tool “Lean Canvas”.

Ash is also a leading business blogger and his posts and advice have been featured in Inc. Magazine, Forbes, and Fortune. He regularly hosts sold out workshops around the world and serves as a mentor to several accelerators including TechStars, MaRS, Capital Factory, and guest lecturers at several universities including MIT, Harvard, and UT Austin. Ash serves on the advisory board of a number of startups, and has consulted to new and established companies.

Simon Quirk

Director and Founder, Orbis & CEO and Co-Founder, VidVersity

Through Orbis, Simon provides solutions in strategy and innovation to startups, large private companies and leading corporations, including NAB, ANZ,

He has founded several startups including his most recent VidVersity and StrategyFusion, for which he raised two $400,000 rounds of funding.

Simon also spent 14 years as a lawyer in private practice and in house at the likes of K&L Gates, Freehills and Getty Images.

Brennan Ong

Founder, Law Advisor

Brennan is determined to modernise legal practice. Founded in July 2015, LawAdvisor was established to provide legal professionals with modern day technology to better serve their clients, and has since raised more than a million dollars, including an investment from Google Maps co-founder Lars Rasmussen.

Mira Stammers

CEO, Legally Yours

Mira founded Legally Yours, an online portal that gives everybody access to specialist fixed-fee legal advice. Mira was previously a senior associate at Lawrence Graham and an associate at Maddocks. She was a fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in 2015 and currently serves as a board member of Interchange Western, a not for profit improving the lives of young adults with a disability in Melbourne’s west.

Asher Tan

CEO and Co-Founder, CoinJar

Asher co-founded Australia’s largest digital currency exchange platform, Coinjar, which has exceeded over $100M in trades. Asher previously spent almost four years as an enterprise researcher and senior analyst at IBISWorld and has contributed articles on technology disruption to the BRW, INTHEBLACK and Westpac.  

Steve Glaveski

CEO and Co-Founder, Collective Campus

Steve founded Collective Campus to help large organisations adopt the mindsets, methods and tools required to successfully explore new business models and disruptive innovation in an era of rapid change and increasing uncertainty.

Steve is a keynote speaker, author and hosts Future², an iTunes chart topping podcast on corporate innovation and entrepreneurship.

Steve co-founded Lemonade Stand, a successful children’s entrepreneurship program and HOTDESK, an online office sharing platform that raised $150,000. He previously worked for the likes of Ernst & Young, KPMG and Macquarie Bank.

Lachlan Mcknight

CEO, LegalVision

Lachlan is the CEO of LegalVision, and also assists the legal team with loan agreement reviews and drafting. Lachlan’s past experience working as a banking and finance lawyer in Europe and Asia convinced him that high-quality legal services should be accessible not just to large corporates, but also to small and medium businesses.

Sean Qian

COO and Co-Founder, Collective Campus

Prior to co-founding Collective Campus, Sean founded two coworking spaces for high growth technology startups - Collins Collective and Queens Collective, which collectively saw hundreds of startups as members. At Collective Campus, Sean oversees the educational programs and startup community - drawing on his past experience of managing a private institute of 500 students. Sean was one of the original founders of Australia’s first VR industry body. Sean also has a background in events management, having co-founded a company which toured events all over Australia, including Think Inc, which saw the likes of Neil deGrasse Tyson visit Australia for the first time.

Damien Andreasen

CEO & Co-Founder, Lawpath

Damien is a startup veteran with expertise managing strategy, revenue, processes and large sales teams resulting in one of Australia’s largest and fastest acquisitions. Prior to co-founding Lawpath, Damien was head of sales for Australia’s 1st Group buying company with $40m exit in under a year. As a mentor, Damien brings experience in operations, sales, marketing and product with excellent insight into consumer purchasing behaviour.

Dominic Woolrych

Head of Legal, Lawpath

Dominic is on the executive team and the legal product manager at LawPath. A thought leader in Australian legal disruption, he was recently recognised as winner of the Australian Legal Innovation index. Prior to joining LawPath, Dominic was a corporate lawyer at Minter Ellison Lawyers, Australia. Dominic has also spent time at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) as a criminal solicitor and at the International Court of Justice.

Mentors

Dominic Woolrych

Head of Legal, Lawpath

Dominic is on the executive team and the legal product manager at LawPath. A thought leader in Australian legal disruption, he was recently recognised as winner of the Australian Legal Innovation index. Prior to joining LawPath, Dominic was a corporate lawyer at Minter Ellison Lawyers, Australia. Dominic has also spent time at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) as a criminal solicitor and at the International Court of Justice.

Damien Andreasen

CEO & Co-Founder, Lawpath

Damien is a startup veteran with expertise managing strategy, revenue, processes and large sales teams resulting in one of Australia’s largest and fastest acquisitions. Prior to co-founding Lawpath, Damien was head of sales for Australia’s 1st Group buying company with $40m exit in under a year. As a mentor, Damien brings experience in operations, sales, marketing and product with excellent insight into consumer purchasing behaviour.

Ash Maurya

Author of Running Lean and Creator of the Lean Canvas

Ash Maurya is the author of the international bestseller “Running Lean: How to Iterate from Plan A to a plan that works” and the creator of the one-page business modeling tool “Lean Canvas”.

Ash is also a leading business blogger and his posts and advice have been featured in Inc. Magazine, Forbes, and Fortune. He regularly hosts sold out workshops around the world and serves as a mentor to several accelerators including TechStars, MaRS, Capital Factory, and guest lecturers at several universities including MIT, Harvard, and UT Austin. Ash serves on the advisory board of a number of startups, and has consulted to new and established companies.

Lachlan Mcknight

CEO, LegalVision

Lachlan is the CEO of LegalVision, and also assists the legal team with loan agreement reviews and drafting. Lachlan’s past experience working as a banking and finance lawyer in Europe and Asia convinced him that high-quality legal services should be accessible not just to large corporates, but also to small and medium businesses.

Asher Tan

CEO and Co-Founder, CoinJar

Asher co-founded Australia’s largest digital currency exchange platform, Coinjar, which has exceeded over $100M in trades. Asher previously spent almost four years as an enterprise researcher and senior analyst at IBISWorld and has contributed articles on technology disruption to the BRW, INTHEBLACK and Westpac.  

Mira Stammers

CEO, Legally Yours

Mira founded Legally Yours, an online portal that gives everybody access to specialist fixed-fee legal advice. Mira was previously a senior associate at Lawrence Graham and an associate at Maddocks. She was a fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in 2015 and currently serves as a board member of Interchange Western, a not for profit improving the lives of young adults with a disability in Melbourne’s west.

Simon Quirk

Director and Founder, Orbis & CEO and Co-Founder, VidVersity

Through Orbis, Simon provides solutions in strategy and innovation to startups, large private companies and leading corporations, including NAB, ANZ,

He has founded several startups including his most recent VidVersity and StrategyFusion, for which he raised two $400,000 rounds of funding.

Simon also spent 14 years as a lawyer in private practice and in house at the likes of K&L Gates, Freehills and Getty Images.

Samantha Wong

Head of Operations, Blackbird Ventures

Before taking on her role at Blackbird, Sam co-founded two startups including Startmate alumni Gravity and CapacityHQ.

She was previously global project manager at SurfStitch.com, spent almost six years as a lawyer at Minter Ellison and currently serves as partner and mentor at Startmate.

Brennan Ong

Founder, Law Advisor

Brennan is determined to modernise legal practice. Founded in July 2015, LawAdvisor was established to provide legal professionals with modern day technology to better serve their clients, and has since raised more than a million dollars, including an investment from Google Maps co-founder Lars Rasmussen.

Martin Checketts

Partner, Mills Oakley

Martin leads Mills Oakley’s Private Advisory team, a dedicated multi-disciplinary legal service for private business owners and high net worth individuals. The Private Advisory team has developed a number of innovative offerings to address the specific needs of this segment. Martin is a specialist in M&A, exit planning and employee equity arrangements. Martin has been a lawyer for over 20 years and spent eight years with the likes of Howes Percival (UK) and Ashurst before joining Mills Oakley.

Steve Glaveski

CEO and Co-Founder, Collective Campus

Steve founded Collective Campus to help large organisations adopt the mindsets, methods and tools required to successfully explore new business models and disruptive innovation in an era of rapid change and increasing uncertainty.

Steve is a keynote speaker, author and hosts Future², an iTunes chart topping podcast on corporate innovation and entrepreneurship.

Steve co-founded Lemonade Stand, a successful children’s entrepreneurship program and HOTDESK, an online office sharing platform that raised $150,000. He previously worked for the likes of Ernst & Young, KPMG and Macquarie Bank.

Sean Qian

COO and Co-Founder, Collective Campus

Prior to co-founding Collective Campus, Sean founded two coworking spaces for high growth technology startups - Collins Collective and Queens Collective, which collectively saw hundreds of startups as members. At Collective Campus, Sean oversees the educational programs and startup community - drawing on his past experience of managing a private institute of 500 students. Sean was one of the original founders of Australia’s first VR industry body. Sean also has a background in events management, having co-founded a company which toured events all over Australia, including Think Inc, which saw the likes of Neil deGrasse Tyson visit Australia for the first time.