September’s Startup Mentoring Event


What's the session about?

Informal one-to-one mentoring sessions for Greater Manchester based startups and entrepreneurs.


September is back to school for many, and we are no exception with MTT’s next one-to-one mentoring session taking place on the morning of the 28th September.

I am excited about September’s event for two reasons. Firstly, we will be one of the first events to utilise MSP’s brand new Bright Building (pictured) which is a great space for the sessions. In addition, we again have a great group of mentors joining us!

Meet The Mentors

Ian Brooks – Founder & director at

Ian has spent the last ten years as a hands-on advisor, investor and non-executive director for startups and high growth entrepreneurial businesses. As a Lean Startup advocate and practitioner his focus is software, digital, disruptive technology and business service organisations. Ian guides and mentors exceptional entrepreneurs and helps turn their innovative ideas into successful high-growth businesses and create shareholder value.

Steve Oliver – Co-Founder and CEO at Entertainment Magpie Limited

Steve is the Co-Founder and Group CEO of musicMagpie. Having started in his garage in Stockport in 2007, musicMagpie is now the UK’s biggest trader of pre-owned media & consumer electronics, being the world’s biggest seller on both Amazon & eBay and will turnover in excess of £100m for the first time in this financial year. It employs over 1,000 mainly in its Stockport DC but also has a US business,, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Garry Partington – Chairman, Apadmi

With more than 20 years of experience and a deep understanding of the mobile industry, Garry knows what it takes to create and deliver successful mobile-based products. Garry serves as Chairman of Apadmi, a multi award-winning international mobile technology company, which he founded in 2007.Garry also founded RealityMine, winner of the Queens International Trade Award, a VC-backed big data and analytics business to the media and market research industries.

Mark Payne – Investor and Entrepreneur, MD GetintheLoop

Mark supports organisations through significant change; from identifying start-up business models, driving business acceleration and revenue growth to reorganization and business turnaround. With focus upon startups and early stage companies in the technology and creative worlds. Mark has been a founder, CEO, board director, mentor, advisor, investor and coffee maker, living and working internationally.

Session Info

The objective of these events is to let early stage start-ups connect with experienced tech entrepreneurs one-to-one and advisors who will try to answer their questions as well as constructively challenge their current assumptions.

The format is open and free flowing and aimed at helping you get the advice you need to deal with your most pressing business challenges. To help our mentors understand your business, please be prepared to begin your meeting with a 5 -10 minute summary (slides not required) including:

  • Company Overview
  • Revenue model / size of market
  • Team
  • Growth targets
  • Challenges

Book A Session! (Places limited)

Please register your interest in booking a session by completing this short survey here or contacting me directly and I will get back to you with a slot.

Who Are We?

Manchester Tech Trust is an independent charity that promotes and supports tech enterprise in Greater Manchester. Our joined-up approach is creating a common narrative which brings people and ideas together, and provides startups, scale-ups, and anyone who wants to engage with them, a door to knock on.

We very much look forward to seeing you at The Bright Building on the 28th!

Andy & the MTT Events Team