In-house experts with global expertise.

Our in-house experts have extensive experience of supporting and scaling startups, from Europe to China, from Japan to the US.

It takes one to know one

Most of our advisors are former or current entrepreneurs, so not only do they intimately understand the nuances of international business but they also have deep empathy for founders.

Many of the Xstart team are also seasoned investors, with deep links into the regional investment community and a huge body of knowledge gained from many successful capital raises.

A wide range of skills.

Different founders and businesses respond to different coaching styles, so we have a wide range of advisors. The Xstart team build a strong two-way partnership with founders, to help keep each other accountable. We intentionally pair our advisors with the businesses for whom they can make the most profound impact.

The Xstart team.

With their diverse backgrounds and extensive experience, the Xstart team have one thing in common: A driving ambition to grow kiwi companies.

Management team

Rachel Wright

Programme Director & Lead Advisor

Rachel is the Director for the Centre for Entrepreneurship at University of Canterbury, with extensive experience working and advising startups.

Rachel Wright

Programme Director & Lead Advisor

Rachel is the Director for the Centre for Entrepreneurship at University of Canterbury, with extensive experience working and advising startups.

Oliviah Theyers-Collins

Programme Manager & Advisor

Oliviah has a varied background in public and private sector roles across Australia, UK and New Zealand, with diverse experience across retail, finance and education sectors.

Oliviah Theyers-Collins

Programme Manager & Advisor

Oliviah has a varied background in public and private sector roles across Australia, UK and New Zealand, with diverse experience across retail, finance and education sectors.

Mads Moller

Lead Advisor

Mads is a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold twelve tech companies… and counting.

Mads Moller

Lead Advisor

Mads is a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold twelve tech companies… and counting.

Advisors

Melissa Davies

Advisor

Melissa Davies

Advisor

Neil Hamilton

Advisor

Neil Hamilton

Advisor

Tania Armstrong

Advisor

Tania Armstrong

Advisor

Vanessa Doig

Advisor

Vanessa Doig

Advisor

Gary Jensen

Advisor

Gary Jensen

Advisor

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