Founders Fellowship

Founders Fellowship

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Do you want to found a company rather than work for one, but not sure what happens next? Have an idea that keeps you awake at night and looking for someone to share the ride with?

Startmate's Founders Fellowship has your back. The Founders Fellowship provides a clear path to launching a company with the knowledge, guidance and networks you need to succeed.

What problem are we trying to solve?

There are numerous barriers to starting a company. These include financial means, assembling the right founding team, confidence and knowledge of business basics

Digging a little deeper, it is hard to find:

  • Compatible co-founders;
  • The right big problem to work on;
  • Access to mentoring;
  • Access to a talent pool for hiring;
  • Funding or investment;
  • Tools, resources and perks; and
  • Community.

The Founder Fellowship is built to dismantle these barriers, and increase the number of passionate founders starting companies and entering the ecosystem.

So, what is the Founders Fellowship?

The Founder Fellowship brings together equally talented and hungry individuals and facilitates life-changing connections.

You’ll find ambition aplenty to tackle your idea with, all while being surrounded by the best community of founders, operators and investors in Australia and New Zealand.

The Fellowship is a pressure cooker focused on maximising the number of opportunities participants have to test ideas and relationships, and will accelerate early progress on traction, hires and funding.

And much like your startup journey will exceed 20 weeks, so will the Founder Fellowship, as you’ll join a lifelong community that you can lean on at every stage of your journey.

Who is right for the Founder Fellowship?

Regardless of whether you’ve dabbled with entrepreneurship, worked at a big corporate, worked at a startup or have a technical background, if you have a deep-burning desire to build a business, we want to help you unleash your potential.

We are looking for Founder Fellows who:

  • Want to launch and run a company as opposed to work for one;
  • Have unique insights into broken industries, and love solving problems; and
  • Are ambitious, curious and thrive in chaos and uncertainty.

We place intersectionality at the forefront of our program, and invite people of all ages, races, cultural backgrounds and sexualities to apply.

What else can we tell you at this stage?

The Founder Fellowship MVP will kick off in July 2021 and will run for 20 weeks.

It’s free if you quit your job to throw yourself headlong at this opportunity, and $1,000 + GST if you still work full-time. This ensures everyone in the program with you is as fully committed to founding a company as you are.

The Founder Fellowship will be run by Startmate’s Head of Accelerator Sascha Kerbert. If you have any questions, feedback, concerns or ideas, shoot him an email here.


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