Are you one of our region’s most ambitious founders and company builders? Are you ready to take your startup to the next level?

The Startmate Accelerator unleashes the ambition of Australia and New Zealand’s best founders, and propels them toward their goals.

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Applications for the next cohort will officially open in late-2022.
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Who is right for the Startmate Accelerator?


Solo founder to founding team

From solo founders to teams of five, we have seen it all. Regardless of the make-up of the founding team, Startmate will bolster your company's growth by surrounding you with equally ambitious peers ready to share the founder journey with you.


Technical to non-technical

The barriers have long since been reduced for 'non-technical' founders to be able to build significant global companies, thanks to things like the no-code revolution. Whether you're a technical or a product-led founder, we can help to plug the gaps and support you to find the skills and experience you're missing.


Idea-stage to pre Series A

It doesn’t matter if you have $1M in ARR or haven’t even got a product.
We have had founders with little more than an idea go on to raise a Seed round, teams that have raised a Series A round mid-program and follow up with a Series B round 12 months later, and we've even have more established businesses come and attach rocket boosters to their month-on-month growth.
As long as you are wildly ambitious, pre-Series A, and tech-enabled — we can help you.


SaaS v everything else

Our 150+ alumni are in all different industries. Software as well as hardware. From beauty to spacetech, autonomous drones, foodtech, agtech, medtech, martech, sports-tech to craft beer.

In 2019, we launched a dedicated Climate Cohort to support startups specifically addressing the climate crisis. In 2020, the CEFC Innovation Fund joined us to extend our reach to even more climate-tech founders.

What is the Accelerator experience like?

The program surrounds you with all the resources you need to supercharge your company's progress.

We surround you with a network of your peers and the best mentors, investors and operators across Australia and New Zealand. They'll help you define where to focus your energy, set your goals and unblock you so you can move more quickly than you ever thought possible.

In addition to that, you'll have first access to the talent coming through the Fellowship program to help you hire the best operators in the region to push you forwards as you scale.

The Accelerator kickstarts your progress, but the Startmate community will be with you for the rest of your journey.

What would I be doing over the 12 weeks?

The program kicks off with an immersion week to raise your ambition levels, and set your 12-week and 12-month goals. Read more here.

Each week comprises a mix of sessions from cohort All Hands, mentor catch-ups and more structured training on key topics from the best startup operators in the region.

Most importantly, however, we want you to prioritise what will help move your business forward, so it’s up to you how much you immerse yourself in the program content.

The official part of the program ends with investor pitches and the Demo Day celebration

To find out more about the Accelerator experience, visit here

What else do I need to know?

The Accelerator is a mentor-driven community underpinned by an intensive 12-week program which currently runs twice per year: Summer (January-April) and Winter (July-October).

Haven't raised any capital
If you’ve never raised, we will invest $120k at a $1.5m valuation
Raised capital already?
If you have raised a bona fide round before we will invest $120k at your latest valuation

Unlike many other accelerators, the funds we invest come from our mentor community, who all have skin in the game and are personally invested in seeing you succeed.

Who else is involved?

While the investment and intensive startup education is key to the accelerator experience, the most valuable ingredient, and what sets Startmate apart, is the community.

From your cohort, to your mentor squad (your own personal SWAT team) to the alumni and more, being part of Startmate is being part of a lifelong community of the best founders, investors and operators in the region and beyond.


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Essential Reading
“What I love about Startmate is the power of the community, the success mindset and the unstructured learning which gives founders the space to grow.
Ryan Walker, Startmate, S21