Access to mentors is one of the key elements of the comprehensive support provided by the FORWARD Accelerator Programme. At any stage of growth, mentors are able to provide businesses with advice, expertise and guidance which can be used to shape business strategy, solve problems and avoid costly mistakes whilst also unlocking pathways to higher levels of growth.
As part of FORWARD, Startups are able to access the whole pool of mentors rather than being assigned an individual mentor which gives them access to a wider range of perspectives and experiences. We have constructed an international pool of mentors from Birmingham through to Australia, who have an amazing range of business experience, across a wide range of sectors and industries, with backgrounds ranging from those who have built, scaled and exited a business through to those with years of experience at some of the world’s most successful organisations.
Partner at Stat Zero
Entrepreneur facilitator, researcher, coach, and project manager who graduated from Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government with experience in strategy and innovation consulting, startups, research, manufacturing, venture capital, and design.Currently a Partner at VC firm Stat Zero.
UX Designer at Numerator
Formlerly Creative Director at Parallel18 Accelerator where he was responsible for working with startups on the programme to help them understand their design & brand needs. Currently a UX designer at Numerator where he designs, prototypes and develops easy-to-use solutions for web apps.
Managing Director at Pixel Management
Entrepreneur who also has deep technical knowledge with a track record of architecting, developing and bringing to market a range of software products. He is also skilled at recruiting, motivating and managing successful teams. Dave has successfully founded and participated in CEO and CTO roles in over ten start-ups and joint ventures.
Senior Operations-Regional Cities Lead at Uber
Regional Cities Lead at Uber, representing Uber across the Midlands, Wales & South Yorkshire, building partnerships with cities and communities. Working cross functionally with the view to unlock growth and secure the future of the business. New Entrepreneurs Foundation Graduate.
Justice Williams MBE
Founder of Behind Her Dreams
Multi-award winning entrepreneur, inspirational public speaker and events curator. Founder of Behind Her Dreams – a support organisation for entrepreneurial women. Awarded an MBE at the age of 29 for Services to young people in Birmingham and secured a place on Birmingham’s Power 50, a list of powerful and influential leaders in the city.
CEO at secluded.io
Founder of Gold Coast Techspace, the Gold Coast’s very own makerspace & geek hub and “Refactor”, an Agile Hardware and Software consultancy working heavily in the FinTech, InsurTech & AgTech field. Founder of “secluded.io” which specialises in low-power, cloud connected sensors for secluded environments that have very limited access to power and bandwidth.
Co-Founder of Fleksy
Fleksy, the world’s fastest typing system for smartphones and one of the top apps in the App Store.
Ioannis has experiance in VC fundraising, mobile app marketing and product development as well as building a great team and company. Happy to help young companies trying to get some funding or conumer attention and growth.
Data Science & IIoT Applications
Entrepreneurial product and new venture development executive with significant SaaS, data/BI, AI/ML, IIoT experience, having launched two companies in the gaming and 3D animation space, run an incubator and advised the government on industrial policy. Currently building up the Data Science & IIoT business unit at Austin Consultants, leading product, technology and business development.
Banks & Finance Management
Firas is a Master degree graduate in Baniking & International Finance from Borduex IV University and holds specialised MSc. in Banks & Finance Management and a BSc. in Business Adminstration from Damascus University and is certified EIB Banking Expert with more than 10 years of experiance in consultancy in different areas. Since he has worked in many projects with local and international entities including the European Investment Bank (EIB), the World Bank Group, and the Syrian Ministry of Finance.
Founder of gHawk Accounting
Accountant and business advisor working with entrepreneurs and directors of SMEs. She founded and run gHawk Accounting- a business providing tax, accountancy and business development services to business owners. She can help with understanding the UK tax system, choosing a legal entity for your business, financila systems, preparing business plans, budgets, and financial forcasts. Lenah has a wide experience of accountancy, business administration and project management in both the UK and Kenya.
Chief Executive Officer, YoAmo Media.
Felipe is the CEO of YoAmo Media. a media and commerce platform for women, with the world’s largest community of fashionistas. YoAmo have a digital network with more than 50 million women and they use old fashion curation techniques and machine learning processes to create content that engage more than 100 million latinas around the world. His expertise is on Consumer behavior, Data trend analysis and Media tech.
Startup & Scale Up Advisor
Specialising in sales, growth and startup scalling, Jay run his own business, LearnMaker, a first of its kind edtech consultancy, turning a £6K investment into £140K per year business. In 2012 Jay joind Arbor Education as Growth Manager, scaling the company from 200 clients to 700 in just 18 months. Jay passionate about sharing his experience to help solve early stage startup challanges and tribulations.