This year at Web Summit, 220 mentors met with 650 startups for our Mentor Hours by Sage scheme.
Mentor Hours are 15-minute pre-arranged meetings between ALPHA Startups and some of our high-level Attendees.
It’s a chance for Web Summit startups to get advice on running a successful business from the guys who have done it all before.
For an idea of who our startups got to chat to, here are six of our attendees who took part in Mentor Hours by Sage this year:
Stephen Kelly – CEO – Sage
Since November 2014, Stephen has been leading Sage as the CEO, helping businesses think big. Sage supported Mentor Hours at Web Summit.
As part of Mentor Hours, Stephen mentored the likes of Motion Possible, MeVitae and Hobby Earth. Of the startups, Stephen said that they are all “working every hour possible, on the go, wherever they are”.
Ambarish Mitra – Co-Founder & CEO – Blippar
Ambarish is CEO of a company now valued at $1.5 billion. He co-founded Blippar back in 2011 and has since grown the startup to a unicorn.
Blippar is an augmented-reality advertising company that allows people unlock digital experiences from the physical world.
They’ve partnered with Condé Nast, TIME and Coca-Cola to create immersive advertising experiences.
Werner Dorfmeister – Europe CTO – Hewlett-Packard
Werner is the man responsible for developing Hewlett-Packard’s emerging services in Central and Eastern Europe.
He’s tasked with driving HP’s industry-specific initiatives like railway industry solutions, next-generation workplace solutions and network as a service projects.
Werner previously worked for VMware Global, managing their business in Central and Eastern Europe.
Gaia Dempsey – Co-Founder & Managing Director – DAQRI
Gaia co-founded augmented-reality company Daqri in 2010 and is now Managing Director at the firm.
She previously worked as a writer and marketing specialist at Opportunity Green, a premier sustainability conference.
Gaia also gave two talks. On Web Summit Day One she spoke about machines with the sense of sight on Machine Stage, while on Day Two she talked about AR and the future of work on Content Stage.
Mike Lee – Co-Founder & CEO – MyFitnessPal
Mike co-founded MyFitnessPal – a health app and website with a community of more than 80 million users – in 2005.
Having raised $18 million in funding, MyFitnessPal was acquired by Under Armour for $475 million in February of this year.
Mike’s advice for would-be entrepreneurs is to just get started: “I wish I had started the company much sooner, because I learned much faster by diving in than I did by waiting around for the optimal time,” he has said.
William Shu – Co-Founder & CEO – Deliveroo
William co-founded Deliveroo in 2012. It’s a tech company focused on marketing, selling and delivering restaurant meals to the household or office that announced a $70 million Series C this July.
William joined a Centre Stage panel on Day Two discussing the continuing rise of the on-demand economy.
Along with Stephen, Ambarish, Werner, Gaia, Mike and William, these guys also took part in Mentor Hours: