Most successful founders of tech titans had mentors to guide them, particularly at the early stage. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was mentored by Steve Jobs. Bill Gates, one of the richest man in the world, had Warren Buffet as mentor (and investor). And that's the perk of mentorship, these mentors can also serve as an investor, or at least connect you to one. At thesetup, our Mentors play a very important role, they join the team at the “Startup for Success” stage and provide invaluable guidance that otherwise the teams would never have. 

Here are some reasons why you need a mentor:

1. Mentors can share insights based on their personal experiences and these you can't get from books.

2. Data shows you're more likely to succeed with a mentor.

3. Networking opportunities.

4. Mentors will help you develop stronger EQ.

5. Mentors may invest in your company, or connect you to investors.

Shamini Manikam

Shamini is an expert on future readiness with extensive success in empowering strategic initiatives and inspiring people and business with future ready aptitudes to adapt to the evolving workplace and digital world. She has vast experience in developing sustained employee excellence by implementing strategic learning and development initiatives. 

Shamini is the founder of TinkTank™, a futuristic learning and development organisation based in Singapore. Through a global community of Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0 consultants,  TinkTank enables organisations and individuals to be future ready through their certification courses, consultancy, events and eLearning resources.

Bobby Matryzel

Bobby is one of the acknowledged Top 25 Globalization Leaders in the global outsourcing space and the Founder of Matryzel Consulting- an independent advisory firm that has been recognized as one of the World’s Top 20 “Best Outsourcing Advisory Firms” three years in a row (2013, 2014 & 2015). He brings with him over two decades of experience in consulting and management across Technology, Business Services and building global operations across sectors. He advises federal governments across the globe on ICT sector development. Bobby also advises Fortune 500 customer organizations and emerging market entrepreneurs on strategy, growth, sourcing, expansions and M&A.

Tarun Edwin

Tarun Edwin has more than 25 years of hands-on experience in the Biomedical industry. With a post graduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas, he is an accomplished engineer, and has designed, developed, and commercialized numerous medical devices both here in Malaysia and while he was working in the US. He is also an avid inventor, with 37 issued patents in his name and several more pending. In 2004 he was recognized for being C.R. Bard’s most prolific inventor and was also awarded the coveted C.R. Bard “Scientific and Technology Achievement Award”. Tarun is the co-founder of BIOVIC Sdn. Bhd. where he designed and developed the Avatar® PTFE Vascular Graft, now being commercialized across Asia and Africa.

Suchit Jacob

Suchit has more than 15 years’ experience in sales and marketing management. He leads BIOVIC’s marketing efforts and is the acting CFO. With over 8 years of direct experience in biomedical operations, distribution management, pricing reimbursement guidelines, and market intelligence, he is now in the process of developing BIOVIC’s Marketing and Sales network. Suchit graduated with a BS in Business Administration, from Bemidji State University, Minnesota.

Cyril Mathias

Cyril is an entrepreneur in the space of energy efficiency management, agriculture and industrial IOT with over 17 years experience in multinational companies and 6 years in energy efficiency and IOT. Cyril has professional experience across multiple countries - India, Oman, Philippines , Vietnam and Malaysia. Cyril holds a masters degree in Business Management from Australia and degree in Law from India, and has also completed six sigma and process improvement projects during his tenure for American multinationals Accenture and Florida based Sykes Enterprises.