Envision your future with a SPARK Deakin mentor

Want to talk about a startup idea you've been mulling over? Looking for tips on how to take your startup to the next level? Book in a time to meet with one of the experienced team members at SPARK today. Our talented industry mentors are here to help you get clear on your goals and pathway for your future entrepreneurship.

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About SPARK Deakin mentors

What can a SPARK Deakin mentor help with

We exist to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs, and our team of dedicated office hours mentors are here to offer you guidance and expert knowledge from their own experience in the startup ecosystem. They can help you define the next steps you need to bring your startup idea to reality, or if you have already launched your startup, our mentors can help you with tips for success.

What we can’t help with

The SPARK Deakin mentoring program is set to support you on your entrepreneurial journey. If you are looking for career advice (employment options and pathways), we recommend getting in contact with Deakin Talent. As a Deakin graduate, their services are available to you for life.

How it works

Booking a session with a mentor is easy!

  1. Submit an application form through this link
  2. Pick a suitable time — After submitting your form you’ll hear back from a friendly SPARK Deakin team to arrange a time with you and one of our dedicated mentors via Calendly
  3. That’s all!

Some tips before meeting your mentor

Be professional and punctual!

Our mentors are industry professionals who have generously volunteered their time to support the SPARK Deakin community. To respect their time and commitment, do come prepared for your session. You can prepare for your meeting by thinking more thoroughly about your goals (what you want to get out of your session) and writing out questions you might want to ask your mentor.

Arrive 5 mins early, dress smart, and be energised. Our mentors have committed to dedicating their time for you and always have your best interest at heart, so come prepared and with an open mind.

Take initiative

We encourage you to take the initiative to ask questions and be proactive in maintaining a positive relationship with your mentor. You never know what doors they might help open for you after the meeting. If you have asked for advice, don’t be afraid to write an e-mail to your mentor about the outcomes you might have achieved from the meeting after a period of time.


In our mentoring sessions, we observe the Chatham House Rule. This means that what you will be able to share and discuss freely with your mentor and what you say not be attributed to you outside of the discussion. Vice versa, if your mentor shares something from their own professional experience that might be sensitive in nature, you shall not attribute this information to your mentor outside of the meeting (read more about Chatham House Rule). Any sensitive information you share will also remain confidential between you and your mentor.

Cancellation policy

It is required that mentees arrive at least 5 minutes prior to their session time. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before your scheduled time. Any cancellations made less than 24 hours before the scheduled time without a reasonable cause will result in your ineligibility to book any future mentoring sessions with SPARK.

"...mentoring is the only proven form of time travel you can really access. During a catch-up over coffee with your mentor, you can learn one piece of wisdom that may have taken that person 20 years to discover"

"Having mentors who are experts is crucial to your businesses success and with SPARK Deakin, you have access to industry leaders. I wish I had of had them in my business from day one."

Meet the SPARK Deakin mentors

Daizy Maan

Daizy Maan

SPARK Deakin Program Manager
Josh Sharma

Josh Sharma

Startup Lawyer and Adviser at LUNA Startups
Pawan Lalwani

Pawan Lalwani

Founder and CEO Language Your Way
Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Associate at Skalata Ventures
Shahed Kamal

Shahed Kamal

Medical Doctor and Founder of CollabHero