Just Start, Mate.
Validate a problem & launch your startup alongside an ambitious community of founders underpinned by direction from experts.

Launch Club helps aspiring & early stage founders validate a problem, meet prospective co-founders, develop an MVP (’minimum viable product’), and get it into customers' hands.

Through our peer community, expert guidance, co-founder networking, and practical learning, this 10-week program will help remove the barriers for you to launch your startup.

Designed for those that have identified a problem they want to solve, but haven’t yet started a company. The earlier you are in your journey, the better!

This 10-week program will run from 3rd April until 9th June.

Applications extended to the 19th of March!

👉 Want to know 5 reasons you should join Launch Club? read here


  1. 🪐 Get plugged in to the centre of the ANZ startup ecosystem
  2. 🛠️ Practical, actionable programming
  3. ✅ Highly selective + program fees = skin in the game + ⬆️ engagement + high quality
  4. 💗 Form genuine relationships (inc. prospective co-founders)
  5. ✨ Soak up the Startmate magic
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Continuous Learning

“Startups are super interesting. The teams are small and the velocity is high. … You learn enough to fix the problem, build a solution and move on to the next problem. This results in exposure to a lot of technologies and approaches, and a lot of personal growth.”
— Eddie Atkinson, Student Fellow (Summer 2020/21)


Technical to non-technical

“By the third day of my internship, I was already pitching to the Queensland Small Business Commission.”
— Tsamara, Student Fellow (Summer 2020/21)


Solo founder to founding team

“The great thing about hiring through Startmate is the people who join through one of the Fellowship programs are already pre-selected for being amazing. They are looking for change and roles where they can have a big impact, and everything that working for a startup can provide.”
— Gridcognition (Startmate, Mel20 Alumni)


Solo founder to founding team

“Why does the UK have such a financial services driven economy? Basically … ask the smartest undergraduates ‘what are you going to do next?’, they're all like, ‘oh, I'm going to go work at Goldman Sachs’ or whatever. … The reason Silicon Valley is so special? It is the one place in the world where [ambitious students] say ‘we’ll start a company’.”
— Matt Clifford, Founder at Entrepreneur First.

Validate your problem

You'll learn how to validate whether the problem you want to work on is painful enough, and how to understand your customer.

Develop an MVP solution

You'll learn about different ways you can easily develop an MVP to get it into the hands of customers to validate your solution.

“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."

Find a co-founder

You'll meet a variety of prospective co-founders with skills to complement yours.

Starting a startup can be a daunting and lonely experience. Launch Club is designed to provide aspiring founders with the support, guidance, and resources they need to launch their startup successfully, and be able to do this at the same time as others at the same stage.

We are looking for Founders 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.

"These are my people. I clicked immediately with everyone, I just didn't get enough catchup time with them."

Program Structure

What is included in the program?

Learning: Weekly masterclasses and workshops to learn from experts and action their advice

Peer community founders:

  • There will be small group sessions to gain feedback on your work and develop close connections with people at the same stage as you.
  • Social events & co-working days.

Co-founder networking: We’ll give you a variety of opportunities uniquely designed to facilitate meeting a co-founder.

Community for Life: Once you join the Startmate community you are part of it, forever. You’ll gain access to our events, Slack community, and more!

Who is this for?

Designed for aspiring founders who have identified a problem they want to solve, but have yet to start a company.


Starting a startup can be a daunting and lonely experience. Launch Club is designed to provide aspiring founders with the support, guidance, and resources they need to launch their startup successfully, and be able to do this at the same time as others at the same stage.

What is the time commitment?

What you put in is what you’ll get out of this.

Launch Club will run for 10-weeks, with sessions running in the mornings and evenings so that it can be completed outside of work hours. On top of this, you’ll need to find time to work on your startup idea.

What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the program is $1000 + GST. We want you to have skin in the game and know that everyone else in the cohort is just as committed as you are. Scholarships are available if this is an obstacle for you.

Is the program virtual or in-person?

The program will be hybrid, with most content delivered virtually & networking done in-person.

What is the application/selection process?

The application is comprised of 3 short answer questions (250 words each) and 1 short video component (1 minute). Selection is highly competitive, and we'll be assessing applicants on their ambition, motivation, and passion for joining our community.

Short Answer Questions [Max 250 words each]

  • Why are you hungry to be a founder — in general, and in particular, right now?
  • What is one thing you believe that not many others do?
  • Tell us about something you have done in the past that you are particularly proud of.

Short Video Question [Max 1 minute]

  • Tell us your personal elevator pitch.
  • You’re stuck in an elevator with Michael Batko, CEO at Startmate. You’ve got 1-minute words to tell him about yourself. Go.

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