Ladymates Collective

Thrive in your startup career

Ladymates Collective is a curated membership helping women upskill, connect, and grow in their career alongside other rising stars in the ANZ startup ecosystem.

You'll gain access to skill-building masterclasses, exclusive social events, peer-driven advisory groups and role-based mentorship to help you thrive in your startup role.


Applications open:
Early/mid 2024 with rolling intakes


Details: 12 month membership

Program Dates:
12 month membership


Intake Close: 26 August 2024

Applications Close:
26 August 2024


Membership cost: $550 quarterly (INCL. GST)

Program cost:
$550 quarterly (INCL. GST)


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What is the
Ladymates Collective?

Ladymates Collective is an ongoing membership. Just like a gym membership, it's an investment in your personal and professional development that will help you strengthen skills, build confidence and grow in your role.


💬 Monthly peer advisory groups: to help you navigate the nitty gritty challenges of people and culture at work

🛠️ Role-based peer mentoring groups: to share invaluable knowledge with women in similar roles to yours

🏆 In-person and virtual skill-building masterclasses and sessions with role-model women who are 2 steps ahead of you

👯 Social gatherings with your Collective

In-person events will be held in Sydney and Melbourne. Keen to join but aren't based in those cities? Submit an Expression of Interest

Time commitment? Approx 5 hours per month.


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 the Ladymates Collective for?

For professionals working in startups.

Doesn't sound like you? Check out our other offerings:

🦋 If you are a woman in leadership looking to amplify influence and impact in leadership, and gain a community of other women in leadership, please see Ladymates Leadership

💁🏼‍♀️ If you aren't yet working in startups but are looking to crack into the ecosystem and land your dream job, check out the Women Fellowship

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
Ladymates Collective

Join a community of ambitious and supportive women looking to excel in their startup careers.
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.


Gain practical skills to help you navigate hurdles and flourish in your role


Connect with women in similar roles and at similar career stages to you


Build confidence in yourself and your career trajectory


Belong to a community of ambitious women who will support you every step of the way


Join ANZ's largest startup community


Frequently asked questions

I'm not based in Sydney or Melbourne. Can I still join?

Although we are only open to Sydney and Melbourne members, we are keen to open up new locations across ANZ.

If you are based in another city, please submit an Expression of Interest form and let us know where you're based!

When we announce new cities, you'll be the first to know.

What does my membership fee go towards?

Your membership fee supports:

🤝 In-Person Events: Covering the costs of food, beverages and engaging speakers.

🚀 Startmate's Mission: Empowering ambitious Australian and New Zealand early-stage founders and operators.

Compulsory attendance?

The value of this membership is supercharged by the incredible women in the community.

Because of this, we expect our members to commit to all of their peer advisory sessions as well as most of our virtual role-based mentorship sessions and in-person 'level-ups'.

Members who miss more than 3 sessions will be withdrawn from the membership (except in extenuating circumstances)

Time commitment?

At a minimum, we expect our members to commit to all peer advisory sessions, which will be held monthly (1.5 hours).

On top of this, there are quarterly 'level ups' and quarterly role-based peer mentorship sessions.

Virtual or in-person?

This membership is a bit of both. In-person 'level up' workshops and events are held across Sydney and Melbourne, while peer advisory and role-based peer mentorship will be primarily delivered virtually.