Investors, Mentors and Judges

Academic Advisor / Chair Investor-Experts Panel / Head Mentor

  • Professor Rickie A. Moore

    Professor of Entrepreneurship Director, MSc in Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    emlyon business school


  • Nireti Adebayo

    Whyte Cleon Limited
  • Peter Bamkole

    Director, Enterprise Development Centre
    Pan-Atlantic University
  • Anil Benard-Dende

    Deputy General Director
    Kedge Business School
  • Dr. Ola Brown

    Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company
  • Ashifi Gogo

    Founder & CEO
    Sproxil, Inc
  • Tim Mescon

    Executive Vice President and Chief Officer of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa Headquarters
    AACSB International
  • Austin Okere

    Founder & Vice Chairman
    Computer Warehouse Group Plc.
  • Julienne Shields

    President and CEO
    United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE)
  • Darius Teter

    Executive Director
    Stanford Seed
  • Philip Thigo

    Director for Africa
    Thunderbird School for Global Management, Arizona State University
  • Yoadan Tilahun 

    Founder and CEO
    Flawless Events
  • Joanne Mwangi-Yelbert

    PMS Group Ltd

The Investors

During Round 1, business experts, Judges, faculty mentors, and academics will be invited to participate as Investors on the Peaqs platform. The Investor role is always an individual role.

Each Investor starts out with 10.000 credits to trade with and each team project starts with a basic valuation of 100 credits. The virtual stock market has been reigned in somewhat compared to a normal stock market, so it doesn’t encourage speculation in the mere dynamics of a stock market. You can only invest once and divest once per project per phase. So, in case you can’t buy/sell it could be because you have exceeded your trading limits and you’ll have to wait for a new phase to open, where you can re-adjust your investments. Investor Experts will be alerted via email when a new phase opens and you can allocate credits again. Investors are asked to review each student team project’s progress during two investment rounds and submit reflections, feedback and any questions they have for the student team.

Each Phase has a set time frame. At the end of each phase, student teams will upload the content requested in that particular phase before the deadline. Once the deadline passes, the investing round begins. After all phases are complete, the top 6 projects with the highest valuation from the stock market and the highest judging rank will advance to the Finals Round. 

Top Investor Expert

This year we will be acknowledging the most engaged Investor Expert, as Investor Experts play a critical role in the overall competition learning experience.  Investor Experts are individuals acting as Investors in the Peaqs marketplace. These individuals also provide feedback and recommendations for the teams as they invest or divest in projects within each phase. GBSN and Peaqs will be tracking involvement to identify an individual who provides the most feedback as they invest or divest on the marketplace. Breadth and depth of feedback and recommendations will also be considered.

This Top Investor Expert will receive $500 to use towards courses on Coursera, a massive open online course provider.  Coursera works with universities and other organizations to offer online courses, certifications, and degrees in a variety of subjects. 

  • Jaliyyah Bello

    Assistant Professor and Director of International Partnerships
    Coventry University
    United Kingdom
  • Marie Frochen

    Co-Founder and Partner
    Ramp-Up Lab
  • Dr. Isaac M. Gachanja

    Managing Director
    Goke Global Limited
  • Stephanie Hussels

    Director of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship, Director of the Business Growth Programme
    Cranfield School of Management
    United Kingdom
  • Parag Patel, PhD

    Assistant Dean Undergraduate Programmes
    Ahmedabad University – Amrut Mody School of Management
  • Diana Popa

    Founder and CEO
  • Shalei Simms

    Acting Dean
    School of Business at SUNY Old Westbury
  • Vasilis Theoharakis

    Professor of Strategic Marketing
    Cranfield School of Management
    United Kingdom
  • Catherine Wijnberg

    Founder and CEO
    South Africa

Investor Experts from Team Aquatrac

Faculty Mentors

Though optional, teams are encouraged to have a faculty mentor. A faculty mentor’s primary role is to comment and provide guidance on their designated team project on the Peaqs platform. This candidate should be within the academic community and can be mentors for more than one team. Mentors will work with their respective student team throughout the five phases within Round 1. Each phase allows for investor feedback in addition to your feedback as a faculty mentor. Faculty mentors are advised to review investor feedback with their student team in each phase. 

The top six student teams will pitch LIVE to a panel of international judges from business, academia and civil society. 

Should their student team advance to the finals round, the faculty mentor should work with their team to prepare a pitch presentation that will be delivered LIVE to the panel of judges. After each presentation, students should be prepared to answer questions during a 15 minute Q&A period.