Adelaide Entrepreneurs Seek Start-Ups to Match with Mentors

Six of South Australia’s most promising start-ups will soon have an experienced business mentor on call to help guide them through the coronavirus pandemic, and beyond.

Adelaide’s chapter of Entrepreneurs Organisation, EO, a global peer-to-peer network exclusively for entrepreneurs, has spearheaded an initiative to match start-up businesses with an appropriate and experienced EO mentor.

“The role of our mentors will be to assist with strategy direction and planning and act as a sounding board for ideas and concerns,” said EO Adelaide president, Andrew Phillips.

EO Adelaide will choose six businesses to match with their mentors. They’ll review the start-up business’s strengths and match them with a mentor with similar experience. Selected start-ups will typically have a weekly video-call with their mentor to discuss challenges, goals, ideas and strategies.


Our own founding partner, Chris Overton has been chosen as one of EO’s six mentors.

Chris is an experienced CEO, chartered tax advisor and solicitor. He’s founded a number of businesses in finance, information technology, construction and investment fields. His passion for small businesses has been assisted by numerous mentors along the way and he is a prolific angel investor. You can learn more about Chris here.

Applications for start-ups are now open and can apply via


The other five mentors from EO are:

John Salerno of Dedicated Systems, a supplier of complex equipment to systems integrators, defence Primes and SMEs. He’s an elected member of the University of Adelaide’s alumni council and has mentored numerous start-ups.

Dr Anisha Sanghavi is the principal dentist at Incredible Smiles, a family-run practice. Last year, Incredible Smiles was a finalist in the Fast Movers awards program and now has 30 staff.

Jason Harris of Scammell Auctions, Adelaide Wholesale Network and Antique Education. Since taking over Scammells 10 years ago, he’s grown the staff from seven to 21 and introduced live online bidding technology to Australia’s auction industry. Online auction sales now make up 85% of all auction purchases.

Tyson Grubb of Instrument Choice, specialising in environmental and scientific instrumentation, data loggers, analysers and lab equipment. Clients include government, universities, agriculture, food production and health.

Mike Scott, co-founder of NONA has led multiple award-winning teams of software developers and designers to become a global business. He migrated to Adelaide in 2019 to continue NONA’s globalisation and to ‘write the book’ on being a truly remote SEO. He is currently co-facilitating parts of the Adelaide University’s Thinclab program.

If you’re a start-up in need of a mentor, you can apply via

Original article appeared in Adelaide Now, April 9 2020.

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