Mentors play a vital role in helping startups grow. We are deeply connected to New Zealand’s fantastic pool of leaders looking to get involved with the next generation of entrepreneurs. When you join one of our programmes, here are a few of the amazing people that will help build your venture:
Dave is a professional early-stage investor and Chartered Director from Wellington New Zealand, and has invested in a number of Kiwi startups including The Appreciation Engine, ShowGizmo, Publons, Cloud Cannon and others. He’s a member of Angel HQ, Wellington’s angel investment club, and organises the Lean Startup Wellington and Wellington Bitcoin meetups. He’s also on the InternetNZ Council, the Open Polytechnic Council, serves on several boards, and does a significant amount of work for non-profits.
Dave is one of Startup Weekend’s Global Facilitators, and is or has been on the organising teams of over 15 Startup Weekends in New Zealand, Australia, and the USA; he’s also a founding investor and mentor at the Lightning Lab accelerator. Dave is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and their startups move from inspiration to perspiration and global success. He blogs at dave.moskovitz.co.nz.
David works at the Ākina Foundation, coaching social enterprises and building the social enterprise sector in New Zealand. Prior to this, his work included roles at DNA Design, Milkround Online (UK) and Vodafone (Czech Republic). In his evenings and weekends, he organises and facilitates Startup Weekends.
David’s expertise is building capacity in people and organisations, from startups to enterprise. His key capabilities in the startup space include business modelling, customer validation, digital product development, marketing, project management, and social enterprise. In terms of domain knowledge, he has experience in B2B marketing, recruitment marketing, telecoms, web design/build.
Terry Shubkin helps to develop the entrepreneurial mindset and capability in young people. Terry currently leads the team at Young Enterprise which works as the beginning of the startup ecosystem by helping students set up and run an actual business while they are still in school.
Prior to moving into the ecosystem, Terry had almost 20 years in the IT industry working for many large corporates. Her early career was in sales and sales management before she moved into General Management and leadership roles.
Terry has a strong belief that business is driven by people and this applies internally as well as externally. The best companies work to have the best, diverse team and continually develop those team members. The most successful companies are ones that truly understand their customer and look at things from their perspective first.
In a volunteer capacity, she has judged the Startup Education Weekend in Wellington and serves as a Trustee for the Wellington Culinary Events Trust.