Buildmate

Build momentum alongside other high-calibre founders.

Buildmate is an ongoing membership for founders seeking accountability, co-working and ambitious peers. Founders are pushed to be laser focused on what is most important and accountable to achieving their goals.

You are the average of the 5 people you spend most time with. Surround yourself with ambition.

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Applications open:
Early/mid 2024 with rolling intakes

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Membership dates: 3 MONTHS, 6 AUGUST - 6 NOVEMBER

Program Dates:
3 MONTHS, 6 AUGUST - 6 NOVEMBER

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Intake Close: 11:59PM, JULY 22

Applications Close:
11:59PM, JULY 22

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Program cost: Starting from $249 per month (INCL GST)

Program cost:
Starting from $249 per month (INCL GST)

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Meet some of the incredible women in our community

Catrin Jones

Founder @ oh! so vino

Catrin Jones

Founder @ oh! so vino

“Buildmate has been a place to live and breathe the benefits of the Startmate community. All founders are on their own journey, and the accountability and ideas generated are invaluable to progressing.”

Claire Waring

Co-Founder @ Gether

Claire Waring

Co-Founder @ Gether

"A great way to connect with other founders, swap advice and experience."

Edward Barraclough

Founder @ Drone-Hand

Edward Barraclough

Founder @ Drone-Hand

“Buildmate offers founders a supportive environment with a like-minded cohort to keep you accountable and get sh*t done!”

Jaz Yates

Founder @ Releasr

Jaz Yates

Founder @ Releasr

“I loved the opportunity to be able to build around others trying just as hard to build their own successful startup ups. Bonding over the wins and the struggles was a game changer for me and my motivation to keep pushing my startup.”

Kai Bloomfield

Founder @ TrainStop

Kai Bloomfield

Founder @ TrainStop

“Love the connections we have made and super excited to see the other companies in the inaugural Buildmate program take off!”

Michael Weiner

Founder @ Tanna AI

Michael Weiner

Founder @ Tanna AI

"Great to work and collaborate with other founders!"

What is
Buildmate?

Building something from nothing is isolating and requires enormous amounts of discipline to stay consistent and laser focused.

A Buildmate membership gives founders access to three things: founder community, accountability, and a founder-only co-working space to ensure they hit milestones.

There will also be the opportunity to access funding. We are actively looking to invest in Buildmate founders via our Small Bets Fund or through their successful applications in the Accelerator.

🚀 Highly committed peers

✅ Accountability

🫂 Co-working

APPLY NOW

Are you a wildly ambitious founder and pre Series A fundraise?
The Accelerator is for you.

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We're industry agnostic.

We've invested in companies spanning an insanely diverse range of industries. From ed-tech, health-tech, prop-tech and climate-tech to space-tech, fin-tech and legal-tech.

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You're never too early.

67% of Accelerator companies had no revenue when they appliedand every cohort has had at least one company that is idea-stage and pre-MVP.

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We strive for equal representation.

Diversity builds smarter solutions. Since 2021, 40% of our companies have 1 or more women co-founders.

Ready to build momentum as a founder?
Buildmate is for you.

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You're never too early.
Founders across different stages are welcome. You might have raised an angel or pre-seed round or you might be pre-revenue and pre-MVP. As long as you have a startup idea and are wildly ambitious to test it out, this is for you.

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You’re looking to work alongside other founders.
Co-working with ambitious founders is the essence of Buildmate. You’ll need to be available on Wednesdays to take part.

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Still at idea stage?
If you are still at idea-stage and want to learn how to validate, build an MVP and test with customers aka the fundamentals of founding, check out Launch Club.

Check out our
track record

  • 50% of companies raise post-accelerator
  • Startups raise an average of $1.8mil. off the back of the accelerator

Join a community that will help you go from idea to IPO

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Hiring

We have over 3000+ of ANZ’s most talented operators in our community. Our incredible Startmate fellows are hungry to join a high-growth startup and ready to support you on your journey.

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Investors

We have built an army of over 250 early stage investors who are inspired by your commitment to changing the world. They are here, ready to be your First Believers, and invest.

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Funding

We invest in you from day one and continue to believe in you forever after. This is a unique fund in ANZ that automatically invests all Startmate pro-rata for our alumni, which means you can go into your fundraising conversations already knowing you have the Startmate pro-rata committed

Apply for
Buildmate

Build momentum alongside other high-calibre founders.

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Program Dates:
3 MONTHS, 6 AUGUST - 6 NOVEMBER

Program Dates: 3 MONTHS, 6 AUGUST - 6 NOVEMBER

✏️

Applications Close:
11:59PM, JULY 22

Applications Close: 11:59PM, JULY 22

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Program cost: Starting from $249 per month (INCL GST)

Program cost:
Starting from $249 per month (INCL GST)

What you’ll get out of the Accelerator 
  1. Investment: We invest AUD 120k in each company so that all your energy is focused on building your startup.
  2. Founder friends: You’ll be surrounded by a cohort of equally ambitious founders on the same journey.
  3. Pitch perfect: We’ll tear your pitch deck to shreds and by the end of the Accelerator you’ll have a bulletproof deck ready for investors.
  4. Launch your startup to the world: Pitch your startup to an audience of thousands at Demo Day.
  5. A product people want: You’ll spend 12 weeks laser-focused on your customer, how you can improve your product and the results to drive meaningful growth
  6. Mentorship: You’ll be partnered with ANZ’s most successful founders, operators and investors who have skin in the game and will run through brick walls to see you succeed 
  7. SME: We’ll connect you with subject matter experts who can provide tailored industry advice on how to approach your business
  8. Community: You’ll gain access to ANZ’s largest startup community of founders, operators and investors who are ready to support you on your journey.  
  9. World-class talent pool: Within our 2000+ startmate fellowship alumni are the hires you need to take your startup to the next level at your fingertips: pre-vetted, upskilled, and hungry to join a high-growth startup. 
  10. The best platform in ANZ to raise capital: Having the Startmate brand behind you will be a stamp of approval to every potential investor or employee you meet.

Frequently asked questions

Can I bring my cofounder or team member along?

Yes. However, the cost is per head.

Will there be funding opportunities?

  1. Startmate’s Accelerator invests $120K into ~30 companies annually. By being part of Buildmate, Startmate will have front row seats to your unbelievable progress. This is a huge advantage in the Accelerator application process.
  2. We’ll look favourably at founders who pitch in the Startmate pre-accelerator pitch night to deploy Startmate’s Small Bets Fund with $25K cheque. You can also apply to SBF separately.

Will there be upskilling opportunities?

You will have access to peer learning. However, the purpose of this initiative is not to give you tactical upskilling.

If you are looking to fast-track your learning from zero to one please apply to Launch Club.

Am I too early? Am I too late?

Our goal is to find the most ambitious early-stage founders in ANZ. Generally, our early-stage founders usually meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have a problem they want to solve
  • Started building an MVP or proof of concept
  • Have built an MVP or proof of concept
  • Have paying customers
  • Are pre-Series A

Why should I do Buildmate?

Starting a startup can be a daunting and lonely experience. Buildmate is designed to provide founders with the support of high-performing founders and an inspiring place to work to help make their journey a little bit easier.

Is attendance mandatory?

Given the limited cohort size and emphasis on commitment, we want participants who are ready to commit to their startup growth and are present to support their fellow founders.

For this reason, for our required co-working day attendance is mandatory. Participants who miss more than one required day in the 3 month intake will be withdrawn.

Note: For specific circumstances where this is not possible, you will just need to let the Startmate team know.

Can I join virtually?

It is in-person only in Melbourne & Sydney for now.

What if I work full-time?

That is totally fine, but you will need to select our after-hours option. Co-working on Wednesday evenings will be central to the value of this initiative.

You’ll need to be available in the space between 5:30pm - 9pm.

Do I need to be full-time on my startup?

You do not need to be full-time on your startup. However, you do need to be available to attend the co-working on our required check in days.

This will be on Wednesdays either during the day or in the evening depending on which membership you select.

What is the time commitment? When is it held?

You’ll need to be available to attend the coworking on our required working day (Wednesdays) during work hours or after hours if working part-time on your startup. Every week for the 3 month period.

Majority of this time will be dedicated to you working on your startup with the exception of ~1hr/week.

Is it just in Melbourne and Sydney?

That’s correct, it is only in Melbourne & Sydney for now. The in-person element is very important for Buildmate, but we will be looking to expand to other cities shortly.