Mentors

A key part of the GrowLab experience and a hugely valuable part of each founder's journey will be their interaction and engagement with our program mentors.

Mentors form an important part of GrowLab. They expand the learning surface area for founders through their domain knowledge, networks and personal experiences.

We’re building an incredibly diverse group of industry and domain experts, investors and business builders, handpicked to provide GrowLab founders with the support and learning they need to achieve their visions.

BEN JONES

BEN JONES

BROOKE SAUER

BROOKE SAUER

CHRIS WILKINS

CHRIS WILKINS

DUNCAN VEAL

DUNCAN VEAL

FRANCISCO CAFFARENA

FRANCISCO CAFFARENA

JEREMY KWONG-LAW

JEREMY KWONG-LAW

MAUREEN MURPHY

MAUREEN MURPHY

PHIL MORLE

PHIL MORLE

TRISTAN SHANNON

TRISTAN SHANNON

GAVIN RECCHIA

GAVIN RECCHIA

JOHN HENDERSON

JOHN HENDERSON

MICHAEL MANION

MICHAEL MANION

SAM BALD

SAM BALD

GORDON BLACK

GORDON BLACK

KIERAN PARKER

KIERAN PARKER

MIKE ZIMMERMAN

MIKE ZIMMERMAN

SARAH NOLET

SARAH NOLET

JAMES WALKER

JAMES WALKER

MATTHEW PRYOR

MATTHEW PRYOR

NICK BRYANT

NICK BRYANT

TONY HOLT

TONY HOLT

Program Team

GEORGE PEPPOU, Program Manager

GEORGE PEPPOU, Program Manager

TARIKA WICKREMERATNE, Program Operations Manager

TARIKA WICKREMERATNE, Program Operations Manager

ALFRED LO, Chief Investment Officer

ALFRED LO, Chief Investment Officer

 
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About GrowLab

Cicada GrowLab is a mentor-driven accelerator for early-stage founders who are building high-growth agrifood tech businesses.

Run by Cicada Innovations in Sydney,  GrowLab provides everything to grow and scale an agtech business including $30k in investment. The program is supported by an amazing group of mentors made up of experienced innovators, active investors, business builders and domain experts. 

The program comprises of a three month hands-on on-site accelerator program with a further three months incubation at Cicada Innovations with a goal to accelerate the startup’s business, build a robust and scalable path to market and where appropriate, raise their first round of seed capital.

Companies at the end of the program may be invited to join Cicada Innovations' incubator, home to over 60 deep tech startups to receive continued business support and specialised space at a heavily subsidised rate for up to five years.

 

About Cicada Innovations

Cicada Innovations is the deep technology incubator behind accelerator programs MedLab and GrowLab that offers deep tech founders long term support. Cicada has been called home to over 300 businesses, helping its portfolio companies raise over $344 million in capital, file over 500 patents, and exiting 14 businesses through trade sale and Initial Public Offering.

Globally recognised as the Number One Incubator in the World by InBIA, Cicada Innovations is owned by four of Australia's leading universities: Australian National University, University of New South Wales, University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney.