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.
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:
The Founders Fellowship is built to dismantle these barriers, and increase the number of passionate founders starting companies and entering the ecosystem.
“The SFF1 has been such an incredible experience for me - just the right balance of structured and unstructured learning. It's given me confidence, networks and learnings to take me forward."
The Founders 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 Founders Fellowship, as you’ll join a lifelong community that you can lean on at every stage of your journey
“The community is more welcoming and open than that in Silicon Valley and NYC and being surrounded by people in the same stage and mindset was invaluable."
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 Founders who:
We place intersectionality at the forefront of our program, and invite people of all ages, races, cultural backgrounds and sexualities to apply.
"These are my people. I clicked immediately with everyone, I just didn't get enough catchup time with them."
The Founders Fellowship MVP will kick off in August 2021 and will run for 10 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 biggest benefit out of the Startmate Founders Fellowship was the change around mindset. The numerous conversations with potential co-founders, pitching to First Believers has helped me appreciate the potential of my 'side experiment'.