Mentors

  • Sharon Bryant Investor and Director

    Sharon is an experienced investor and adviser to start-ups and growth companies and has a diversified portfolio of interests.

  • Andre Taylor CEO, Nga Tai o Te Awa

    Andre, a dual citizen of New Zealand and the USA, has a desire to explore the world. He’s been to more than 120 countries and has helped set-up numerous indigenous businesses.  Now, Andre builds diversity in teams and empowers people to start-up businesses.

  • Cindy Hoskin Business Partner, BNZ Whanganui

    Cindy is born and raised in Wanganui, married with three sons. She has been working in the banking industry for 22 years and am currently a Business Partner based in the Wanganui office.

  • Chris O’Neill Programme Manager, Akina

    Most recently, Chris was managing BATS Theatre in Wellington, but has also had stints in sales, retail ownership, and as a TV cameraman. One of his claims to fame is that the back of his head features heavily in one shot of the film ‘Avatar’.

     

  • Julia Milne Common Unity Project Aotearoa

    Operating from The ReMakery in the Hutt Valley, supporting Beeple Honey Collective, the Sew Good Cooperative (repurposing fabric into new products), Unity Kitchen and Catering, ReCycled Rides (refurbishing and providing bicycles) and The Common Grocer (a low cost, plastic-free grocery co-op): www.commonunityproject.org.nz

  • Taaniko Nordstrom Soldiers Rd Portraits

    Taaniko Nordstrom, Soldiers Rd Portraits, a photography service, operating globally, using cultural imagery to strengthen identity and self-esteem:soldiersrd.nz

     

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