Ladymates Coaching

Nurture a diverse startup ecosystem

If you're interested in building a more diverse ecosystem, and have experience working in a startup, apply to be a Coach.

Ladymates Coaching is about supporting women in startups to reach their full potential - from landing their first startup internship as students, first startup jobs as experienced hires, or excelling in leadership.

Come help the women who are a few steps behind you.


Applications open:
Early/mid 2024 with rolling intakes


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Meet some of the incredible women in our communitys

What is
Ladymates Coaching?

To truly support our Ladymates, we need a gang of superstar coaches who are passionate about growing female talent, and who are dedicated to gender equality.

By being a coach, you'll develop individual relationships and offer support and guidance to a range of women on all stages of their startup journey - whether they're still at school, have just landed their first startup role, or a seasoned startup operator/founder.

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


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.


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.


We strive for equal representation.

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

Who is Ladymates Coaching for?

In order to provide the best experience for all involved, Startmate maintains a high bar for participation as a coach in terms of both industry experience and motivation for involvement. The best coaches bring a pay-it-forward attitude to supporting their Fellow's development, as well as a hunger to learn themselves.



  • a Head of / Director looking to move into the senior leadership team- a VP/Chief early in your C-level journey
  • Working at a VC fund
  • An engineering or technical lead
  • Currently responsible for a team or  a people manager- Looking to further develop your skills in this area.
  • Looking for a network of peers to learn with.
  • Passionate about building a more diverse startup ecosystem.

If you're working in a startup but are more junior, we'd still love to hear from you - we have opportunities available to coach our Ladymates Students as well!

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



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.



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.



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 the upcoming
Ladymates Coaching

Enable women to reach their full potential, at any step of their startup journey
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.


Join an exclusive peer and mentor network of Australian startup operators


Nurture women in startups and play a part in dismantling barriers faced by women


Level up your coaching, leadership and mentorship skills through hands on experience

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