ecentre has access to a wide and experienced pool of mentors. Our mentors provide support to startups through offering expert advice, critical feedback, connections and other resources.

Mentors share a passion for helping entrepreneurs and give their support generously to coach and guide startups during those difficult early stages. ecentre runs events such as Demo Days in order to match up mentors with entrepreneurs that need help.

Contact us if you have expertise to enquire about becoming a mentor.

Business Mentors

Rowan Yeoman


Rowan is passionate about the potential that entrepreneurship has to create transformation in people’s lives and in the world. He is a director of Startup Weekend New Zealand and Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend International. He is also a Venture Manager at the Akina Foundation supporting Social Enterprises across NZ and a consultant to large corporations on innovation.

Top areas of expertise:

– Lean Startup methodology
– Personal development
– Social Enterprise
– Business Strategy

LinkedIn profile:

Mark Talbot


Mark is an experienced Chartered Accountant working with start-up/high growth companies in New Zealand, particularly in the technology sector. He qualified in the UK before working in Bermuda, the US and Russia and moved to New Zealand in 1998.

Mark has worked as a virtual CFO to a number of well known, globally focused Kiwi start-ups. With an interest in application of cloud-computing and smart technologies, Mark works with clients to increase financial and operational efficiencies, helping them to achieve their growth aspirations.

Top areas of expertise:

– Supporting early-stage, rapidly expanding companies to achieve their growth potential
– Offering sound financial management
– Working alongside CEOs and Boards to provide support in the areas of financial control, cash flow, investor relations, taxation, audit, expansion strategy and corporate governance

LinkedIn profile:

Murray Ward


Murray is an experienced professional company director with many years practical experience in the technology sector. He is currently involved with a number of organisations providing strategic leadership and governance including NZ Golf, Lexel Systems Ltd, Careers New Zealand, Five Eight Distribution, DotGolf and TheCloudLounge. Past directorships and advisory board’s include Appserv Ltd, Unleashed Software.
Murray’s business background has been predominately in the IT sector and he has an in depth understanding of the skills required and issues facing ITC organisations in New Zealand.
Areas of expertise:
– IT Sales and Marketing
– Company Governance and Strategy
– Small Business Startup Mentor
Industries/areas: IT
LinkedIn Profile:

Anthony Gibbons


Anthony has an extensive background in public policy, both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, primarily in the field of economic development. His experience includes roles with the (then) Ministry of Economic development (MED) and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE). He is currently a principal advisor on innovation and entrepreneurship for Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) focused on implementing Auckland’s economic development strategy. Anthony is all ‘black hat’ critical thinking with a knack for stripping problems down to root cause. He holds degrees in business studies and a professional finance qualification.

Areas of expertise:

– Organisational development and strategy
– Policy analysis and evaluation frameworks
– Innovation policy and practice

Colart Miles


Innovation Leader, Founder, Director

Colart is currently a Project Manager for Air New Zealand, Innovation and Ventures. Also the founder of iTribe consulting Ltd, Colart is an experienced leader specialising in new ventures and business model disruption. He is a seasoned agilist with a 20+ year track record of delivering outcomes and helping organisations become more effective and nimble. 

Colart has an active public profile, which includes regular speaking engagements and involvement with Start Up weekends.

Colart’s specialities include:

– Business Design and Operational Strengthening (for start-ups)
– Agile Project Management
– Business Agility Coaching (SCRUM, LEAN & KANBAN)
– Dynamic Governance

Mentor Twitter: @Colart

Peter Wilson


Director of GoToMarket NZ

Areas of expertise:

– Strategic marketing and sales planning.
– Going to market through channel partners.
– Visitor destination development, marketing and management.
– Inbound and content management.
– SME busniess development.

Industries/ Areas: IT especially software; professional services; tourism; hospitality; food & wine; conservation.

LinkedIn profile: [email protected]

Martin Knoche


Founding Director of Mindjogger Ltd. Over twenty years’ experience across industries including aviation, finance, health, ICT (hardware, software, Telco) printing, academia and the public sector.
Top areas of expertise:
– Innovation management.
– Creative approach to all things commercial.
– Building successful teams.
– International growth strategies.
– Quality/ Process/ Change Management, scaling businesses.
– Project Management.
– Industries/areas: ICT, IP based businesses, Interest in (digital education)
LinkedIn profile:
Primary e-mail: click here
Private e-mail: click here
Work phone: 09 920 3437

Cellphone: 021 525 839

Matt Roberts


Group General Manager at (SASIT), seasoned ICT professional who has been in the industry for 20 years.

Key attribute is business execution and transformation, specialties include Problem Management whether technical, business or project. The ability to implement pragmatic solutions to address complex situations.

Top areas of expertise:

-Technical Management
– Product Development
– Product Marketing
– Services Management
– Service Delivery Management
– General Management
– Data Centre Services
– Cloud Services (private, public, cloud)

LinkedIn profile:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 09 580 8750
Fax: 09 525 7361
Cellphone: 027 474 2374

Ross Tweedie


Ross has owned, managed and held shareholdings in approximately 20 mostly start-up private companies since 1980, giving him around over 35 years business ownership, management and directorship experience. He has gained a MBA (Marketing & Finance) and a BA (Psychology) both from the University of Auckland, is a Naturopath and Qualified Motor Mechanic. He has experience as an Investment Banker and held several roles as a Senior Business Consultant.The diverse range of direct business ownership and directorship include:– Motor Vehicles Car Inspection Services.
– Computer Software Sybase.
– Golf Course Lease Chamberlain Park Golf Course.
– Personnel Recruitment Compuforce.
– Building Construction Modular Building Systems.
– Packaging Packsys.
– Horticulture 45 South Cherries.
– Property and Land Development Several companies.
– Immigration Global Visas.
– Computer Servicing Code Blue.
– Timber Sustainable Harvesting/Index.
– Traders.
– Printing Snap Incentives.
– Quick Service Restaurant Franchising The Pita Pit.Ross is a keen and active sportsperson, a father of two and lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

LinkedIn profile:
Email: [email protected]
Work phone: 09 359 9910

Cellphone: 021 667 272

Ian Widdowson


Ian is passionate about business and has been working with enterprises of varying sizes for over 30 years in the UK and NZ. Over the past 4 years he has successfully mentored over 20 entrepreneurs. Ian has the experience to operate in the key aspects of business and can be committed to your business on a long term basis.

Top three areas of expertise:

– Good listener.
– Problem solver.
– Able to offer practical advice which focuses you on the important issues that matter.

LinkedIn profile:
Cellphone: 021 406 777

Chris Chitty


Senior Tutor at School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University, 35 years industry experience in technology, robotics and product development.

Top areas of expertise:

– Extensive experience in product development.
– Needs identification through concept development to design for manufacture.
– Engineering concepts to prototype.
– Asking challenging questions to stimulate thinking.
– Innovative engineering solutions.
– Industries/areas: Robotics, Simulators, Medical simulators, Human interfacing, Human Factors, Idea Generation.


Ralf Muller


Ralf Muller is a serial entrepreneur who started his first company at 19. Now, fifteen start-ups and 6 countries later he is an investor in three New Zealand companies, an advisor to Uniservices/ the University of Auckland and an advisor and mentor to businesses and individuals. His companies are operating internationally, have won many national and int’l prices for innovation and technology and are performing very well.

Top areas of expertise:

– People
– People
– People
– and People

LinkedIn profile
Email:[email protected], [email protected]
Mobile: 021 250 4494

Heath Milligan


Heath holds a Bachelor of Management Studies (Honours) from the University of Waikato and a postgraduate Certificate (Distinction) in Project Management from UC Berkeley and has gained a variety of experiences in San Francisco, Europe, Auckland & Tokyo.

Top areas of expertise:

– Lean Startup methodology
– Business development
– Sales (won Telstra as a million-dollar client)
– Marketing (growing annual revenues from US$4m to US$17m over 2 years at Endace)

LinkedIn profile:
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 021 1889 979

Emma Clarke


Director at The Selective Limited

Top areas of expertise:

– Marketing planning and execution for SME’s and start-ups.
– Development of marketing campaigns to a specific sector rather than applying a ‘one size fits all’ approach
– Understanding of customer perceptions and buying behaviour.
– Project management of specialist teams across graphic design and brand development, web development, copywriting and public relations, sponsorship and event management.

Industries/areas: Experience both locally and globally over a range of industries including consumer products, FMCG, IT hardware, technology & software, publishing and services related industries including recruitment, hospitality & lifestyle, child care and dentistry.

LinkedIn profile:

Mike Zeff


Technology Evangelist at Microsoft NZ

Top areas of expertise:

– Development teams and process.
– Cloud computing.
– Technology strategy.
– Microsoft technology roadmap and engagement.

Industries/areas: Health, Technology , New Media, Social Innovation, Pharmaceuticals, Contract Management, Fashion, Hospitality , Event Management.

LinkedIn Profile:
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 021 999 447

Clive Kemp


Clive is the Founding Director of Detonation Creative and GPS Logbook and has twenty years of marketing, media and design experience. This has helped him to refine a simple, yet incredibly effective process for creating rapid brand expansion.

Top areas of expertise:

– Creative approach to all things commercial.
– Brand creation, development and strategy.
– Advertising, Design, Marketing and Media advice.
– Hands on design assistance (logo, web, corporate identity, marketing collateral etc.)
– Facilitate creative “workshops/sessions”  to solve brand challenges.
– Entrepreneurial Software Experience:  Developed several advertising media procurement systems and technologies and launched them to market in Africa and Middle East.
– Industry Areas:  Consumer, FMCG, IT, Media, Advertising, Design.

LinkedIn Profile:
Email: [email protected]

Peter Lamberton


Commercial Manager at ASB

Top areas of expertise:

– Commercial finance
– Cashflow lending
– Thinking outside the box
– Risk profiling
– Providing honest feedback

Industries/areas: IT (Not technical side), Distribution, Trade disciplines

LinkedIn Profile:
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 027 2335435