Social Impact Office Hours - Cogent


One-on-one advice specific to you and your startup.

Products for Purpose Office Hours

Office Hours are dedicated 1-on-1 time to ask questions and get advice specific to your social or environmental impact startup. They are completely free, and can focus on anything from product development to fundraising.

To apply, click below to tell us a bit more about you, your business and your current challenge/s. You’ll be matched with a senior member of the Cogent team who’s able to best help you.

Sessions run for around 45 mins at our CBD Office, and we’ll let you know the time of your session.

Open, honest advice for what you need.

There are currently more than 3,500 social enterprises across Victoria, contributing $5.2 billion to the economy and helping to change lives.

We’d like to see even more social impact focused businesses succeed, but also recognise there are lots of other challenges startup founders face both before and after funding.

Whether it’s a critical technology problem or product challenge you’ve got, we encourage you to register for Office Hours with one of our experts.


Access to experts

Some of the senior team members you can talk to include:

Mark Wells
CEO & Investment Director

Expertise: VC & Business strategy

Mark’s an angel investor and the CEO of Cogent. Mark’s a sought-after advisor on topics spanning from fundraising to strategic planning and market entry.

Armin Sadeghi
General Manager

Expertise: Tech & strategy

Armin has over 17 years’ experience in software engineering and technical leadership, spanning across agile development, product development and solution design.

Amelia Crook
General Manager

Expertise: Product & strategy

Amelia’s led the product direction and strategy for leading online companies around the world, including some of Australia’s most successful startups.

Scott Rogers
Lead Product Manager

Expertise: Product

With over 18 years’ product experience, Scott’s equally at home crafting business strategy, as working side-by-side with designers and developers to create products people love.

Matt Shanks
Lead Digital Designer

Expertise: Design

Matt was doing design thinking before ‘design thinking’ was a term and has over 15 years experience in designing software and digital user interfaces for start-ups to large corporations.

Craig Ambrose
Lead Software Engineer

Expertise: Development

Craig has 20 years of engineering experience across a range of languages and platforms, with a focus on developing web and mobile software for innovative startups.


Office Hours will be held at our place, unless you arrange a phone or video call instead:

Level 1, 673 Bourke St
Melbourne 3000

Come straight up to Level 1 and ring the doorbell.