1:1 mentoring with a business legend
Meet the Mentors
We have secured a few hours of time from each of these great business minds for one on one business mentoring sessions with everyday kiwis. Whether you are a business owner, entrepreneur, ideas person or seeking new opportunities - get in touch via the form below to secure a free session. Slots are limited so first in first served.
You can talk about anything you like; It might be what keeps you awake at night, what are some trends to watch out for, where future business opportunities lie, how to grow your network or how to solve current issues due to COVID-19.
Founder of Lets Play Live (LPL)
Duane Mutu is widely regarded as one of the leading esports voices and experts in the Australasian region. He speaks extensively around the globe on esports, gaming and new media. Duane spent over 10 years working with heavy hitting brands like Ubisoft, EA, Warner Brothers, Disney, THQ and more. Duane founded leading esport media company Lets Play Live (LPL) who are market leaders in the esports space and have deals with ESPN, 7mate, Maori TV, Sky Sports, Stuff and Vodafone to name a few.
Duane is also a founding board member of the NZ esport federation (NZESF) which was recently announced as a national sporting organisation (the first NSO in many years).
He is a media regular with slots on many mainstream media outlets like breakfast TV , news and online sites.
Previous to starting LPL he was a co-founder of Action sport TV network GARAGE TV which was the first of its kind in New Zealand.
If you want to understand new media, emerging growth markets and how to stand out from the crowd then Duane is the perfect mentor for your business.
Owner of Compelling PR
Hayley McLarin is an experienced PR & Communications Consultant who specialises in helping brands with smaller budgets find creative ways to get people to love what you do.
The name for her agency – Compelling PR – came from years of being a compelling storyteller, as a journalist for the Sunday Star-Times, the Daily Mirror (UK), and Woman’s Day, then as editorial director of New Idea and the Pacific Magazines stable.
Hayley uses that same innate ability to get to the crux of what is important when she helps businesses tell their story – through brand strategy, market positioning, media relations, activations & events and content creation.
With more than 10 years’ experience in public relations, she has managed high-profile multi-faceted PR and activation projects for blue-chip brands through, but finds it more rewarding to work with SMEs and charities to help them prosper.
Hayley brings a wealth of knowledge and passion, along with a touch of irreverent humour. Afterall, it’s important to have fun while getting the job done.
Founder of Little Yellow Bird
Samantha is the Founder of Little Yellow Bird an organic and ethical fashion brand that exists to transform the industry by promoting sustainable and ethical manufacturing practices. Little Yellow Bird was founded in 2015 and has quickly become one of New Zealand's most well-known businesses for championing sustainable and ethical production. Little Yellow Bird makes apparel for individuals all over the world as well as supplying over 400 organisations in New Zealand, Australia and the USA with their uniform requirements. Last year Little Yellow Bird raised half a million dollars via an equity crowdfunding campaign to grow its impact and won the Supreme Award at the Sustainable Business Network Awards.
Samantha's background is in Supply Chain Management and she served as a Logistics Officer in the Royal New Zealand Air Force for six years before starting Little Yellow Bird. She has a Masters degree in International Security, is an Edmund Hillary Fellow and was recognised as New Zealand's Young Innovator of the year in 2017.
Samantha is best known for her transparent and sustainable approach to business and regularly speaks and mentors others working in the impact space. Samantha lives with her partner and daughter in Wellington.
Sam is a strategy consultant who supports organisations to address complex, real-world problems, and navigate through uncertainty towards great outcomes for people and the planet. Sam's work is grounded in her strong systems mindset; a deep understanding of environmental sustainability; and a learning-by-doing, innovation-based approach, reflecting the rapidly-changing and uncertain world in which we live.
Sam has 25-years’ diverse experience across the public, private and NFP sectors. She started out as a spacecraft thermal systems engineer and project manager in the UK, receiving several awards for her contributions to major space missions, before moving to Aotearoa New Zealand with her young family in 2006.
After two years coordinating New Zealand's largest ‘Outcomes-Based Investment’ research programme (Better Border Biosecurity), she moved in to the corporate world as Retail Insight Manager for Meridian Energy, with responsibility for strategy and business planning, as well as developing new, industry-leading analytics capability and 'smart energy' services, which underpinned growth in customer satisfaction and profitability over several years.
Sam then joined the Akina Foundation, where she mentored and coached numerous social entrepreneurs and enterprises from early-stage to investment-ready. More recently, Sam was a Senior Strategy Manager for Environment Canterbury, where she led strategic advice to Council on matters ranging from disaster recovery, to climate change and resilience, to transport and urban development.
Founder of Reframe Aotearoa
Tim is a professional mediator, facilitator and consultant. He is the founder of Reframe Aotearoa, a consulting practice that helps individuals, corporates and community organisations become better connected and have conversations that matter. He specialises in supporting people to identify and solve problems or complex interactions authentically and with compassion.
Tim mostly works with social good and impact-oriented organisations, as well as charities, corporates and local and national government. He is known for his work creating large scale community led change projects and has most recently been working on ‘Wellington Conversations’, a city wide event series backed by Wellington City Council to deepen neighbourhood connectedness throughout the city. The project catalysed 85 volunteer facilitators to host over 40 events throughout Wellington that brought people together to connect, share, listen and learn about topics that enabled them to connect authentically with others in their local communities.
Through Reframe Aotearoa, Tim's current work is primarily with individuals and organisations around New Zealand that do people-work to help them understand and improve their practices, frameworks and tools.
He holds a Masters in Peace and Conflict Resolution, and is an accredited Advanced Mediator with Resolution Institute. When not working Tim spends the rest of his time being a father, neighbour, gardener, potter and volunteer in the art and community sectors.
CoFounder of Rocketspark
Rocketspark is a beautifully simple website builder that enables non-technical business owners to make their own website.
From their HQ in Cambridge New Zealand the Rocketspark team have built a client base around the world and continue to innovate as they develop their world class platform.
Born and educated in the Waikato, Grant's career prior to Rocketspark was primarily in marketing roles in New Zealand and the United Kingdom with roles in large corporates and a startup.
Grant returned to New Zealand in 2017 after launching Rocketspark in the United Kingdom.
Chief Product & Innovation Officer at Whalar
Niko Croskery is the Chief Product and Innovation Officer at Whalar, an influencer marketing platform on a mission to ‘Liberate the Creative Voice’.
Niko started his career as a commercial M&A lawyer in both NZ and the UK, before starting his own software and consultancy company. He has been involved with many tech & ecommerce startups, providing business, legal, strategy, product and marketing advice to over 300 clients in 13 counties.
Niko’s mentoring will be extremely valuable to anyone looking for guidance around product strategy, SaaS, ecommerce, building deal pipelines and scaling globally.
New product development specialist
Saskia helps organisations to design better products/services faster. She specialises in improving productivity to help your team deliver a consistent flow of new products ‘faster, better, and more profitable’.
Saskia has a passion for progress and an obsession with implementation. She is driven to help people to deliver great work. She loves seeing teams deliver their craft together beautifully.
Saskia has a very practical approach, with a people lens. She makes the complex easy. It gives you time back in your day, so you can do your job better.
Born in the Netherlands and based in Queenstown, New Zealand, Saskia is backed by the rare mix of a Master’s degree in Industrial Design Engineering from Technische Universiteit Delft (one of the best in Europe) and a marketing degree and has worked as a speaker, trainer, coach, facilitator, mentor with many of the top national companies over the past 20 years.