Startmate Launch Club

Validate a problem & launch your startup

Launch Club helps early stage and aspiring founders validate a problem, develop an MVP, get it into customers' hands and kickstart your founder journey.

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Program Dates: 9 WEEKS, MAR 25–May 24

Program Dates:
9 WEEKS, MAR 25–May 24

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Applications Close: 11:59PM, MAR 3

Applications Close:
11:59PM, MAR 3

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Cost: $1100 (incl. GST)

Cost: $1100 (incl. GST)

Scholarships

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Rating: $1100 (incl. GST)

Program Dates:
9 WEEKS, MAR 25–May 24

W22

Raised $1.3M Pre-Seed to roll out insurance-at-checkout vision.

SM12

Raises $72 million Series B to help property managers, lenders and investors make better management decisions.

NZ20

Raises Series A to take its electric boat motors global.

SYD17

Raised $170M Series B to accelerate the manufacture and distribution of its energy efficient, long-range WiFi chips.

S21

Raised $24M Series A to end the world's reliance on petroleum-based plastic packaging.

SM12

Raised $25M Series B to provide comprehensive cyber security risk assessments.

MEL19

Raised $1.28M Seed to make the fashion industry more sustainable with their unique circular wardrobe.

SM13

Raises $30M in Series D to expand its bug bounty platform.

S21

Raises $8M Seed to replace plastics with seaweed.

MEL18

Raises $17.8M Series A helps people with chronic conditions learn to manage their health.

8.8/10 program rating
from 200+ alumni reviews.

8.8/10 program rating

Oren Bahari

Founder @ Ractivi

Oren Bahari

Founder @ Ractivi

"The Startmate and Launch Club community is invaluable for an early-stage founder. I am a naturally skeptical person, but the program exceeded my expectations in content, involvement and community, and I feel dumb for ever doubting it"

Daniel McGee

Founder @ GitConnect

Daniel McGee

Founder @ GitConnect

"I would recommend Launch Club to anyone out there who is strongly considering starting a company. The industry access, supportive community and expert advice is at a caliber that can only be found at Startmate. You will leave Launch Club with at least 5 different outcomes which push you closer to your goals, and are each worth the price of admission alone.”

Jessica Durrington

Founder @ Dowē

Jessica Durrington

Founder @ Dowē

“Launch Club gives you the momentum, connections and guidance you need to turn a problem into a business solution with serious potential - and fast! The resources and continued access to a community of the countries cleverest innovators and investors is truly invaluable.”

Marie Bondeville

Founder @ Newsary

Marie Bondeville

Founder @ Newsary

"Launch Club is to aspiring or early-stage Founder community what Canva is to their tech stack: game-changing."

Zena Mwende

Autumn 23 Cohort

Zena Mwende

Autumn 23 Cohort

"Having a supportive community is paramount to building a successful business. Joining Launch Club has granted me access to an incredible community, and I am filled with great enthusiasm as I embark on my startup journey, knowing that I am surrounded by invaluable support and expertise!"

Kai Van Lieshout

Founder @ Lyrebird Health

Kai Van Lieshout

Founder @ Lyrebird Health

“I think a lot of people have an idea, and then they get paralysed about what to do. Launch Club provides really great clarity around the next steps.”

Meet some of the
incredible fellows from past cohorts

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Applications close 11:59PM, MAR 3 for the next Launch Club cohort

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Meet our Launch Clubbers
who went onto the Accelerator

What is the Startmate
Launch Club?

Launch Club is not just a program; it is a springboard for innovation. It gives you the momentum, connections, and guidance you need to turn a problem into a business solution with serious potential - and fast.

From Day 1, you'll be driven by customer obsession, surrounded by mentors and have access to resources every founder dreams of. Come join a cohort of equally ambitious peers who will keep you accountable and push you to new heights.

We are also actively looking to invest in companies within the cohort, via our Accelerator or Small Bets Fund.

Validate a problem

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Build a solution/MVP

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Speak to customers, test and build a better product

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Gain a technical understanding of founding; product-market-fit, pitching, raising and next steps

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Join ANZ's largest startup community

10%

of the Startmate Accelerator cohort is made up of Launch Club graduates

91%

of founders validated an idea through Launch Club

91%

of startup's fast-tracked their launch

Proudly supported by

New South Wales cohort & activities funded by NSW Government

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 kickstart your founder journey?
Launch Club is for you.

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You've found a problem you want to solve.

If you've got a startup idea and are wildly ambitious to test it out. Launch Club will help you validate the problem, develop a solution and get into customer hands at lightening speed.

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You've built an MVP and want to improve it.

If you've been working away at your startup and want the mentorship, accountability and guidance to accelerate your growth you've come to the right place.

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You're seeking technical understanding of what it takes to found a company.

You'll be flooded with highly practical content and workshops that will demsytify the founder journey and set you up for success.

Program Syllabus

Week 1
Identifying a problem
Week 2
Validation & Customer Discovery Techniques
Week 3
MVP development
Week 4
10x your solution
Week 5
Sprint Week
Week 6
Testing Your Solution with Customers
Week 7
Go-To-Market
Week 8
Startup mechanics
Week 9
Pitching

Apply for the upcoming
Startmate Launch Club

Launch Club helps early stage and aspiring founders validate a problem, develop an MVP, get it into customers' hands and kickstart your founder journey.

📆

Program Dates:
9 WEEKS, MAR 25–May 24

Program Dates: 9 WEEKS, MAR 25–May 24

✏️

Applications Close:
11:59PM, MAR 3

Applications Close: 11:59PM, MAR 3

💸

Cost: $1100 (incl. GST)

Cost: $1100 (incl. GST)

Scholarships
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

Who is this for?

The program is designed for aspiring or early-stage founders who have identified a problem they want to solve, but have yet to start a company.

What is the application/selection process?

The application is comprised of 3 short answer questions (250 words each) and and an optional 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/Written Question [Max 1 minute or 250 words]

  • 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.

Is the program virtual or in-person?

The program is mostly virtual. All of the content is delivered in a virtual format (and will be recorded if you can’t attend live). However, we will also be hosting a few in-person events in the major capital cities as we find this helps facilitate stronger connections.

Why you should do it?

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?

On average, the time commitment for sessions is 2-4 hours per week. Each week you will have a one hour mandatory “All Hands” session with your cohort. The rest of the sessions are completely optional. You can pick and choose which sessions will be most valuable to you.

Important: In Week 0, there are 3 days in-person and in Week 12, 2-3 days to prepare for Demo Day.

Do I need to be full time on my startup or for the program?

No, you do not need to be full time on your startup.

However, based on previous cohorts, we do recommend that you are in a position to want to start something now and commit the time to validating your idea. You will get much more out of the program.

What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the program is $1100 (incl. 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.

Startmate offers a range of discounts and scholarships.Our discounts include, but are not limited to:

  • 10% for past Startmate fellows, mentors, coaches, and first believers.
  • For more information about scholarships, click here.

Scholarships and discounts

Startmate offers a range of discounts and scholarships.

Our discounts include, but are not limited to:

  • 10% past Startmate fellows, mentors, coaches, and first believers
  • 50% founders of Startmate-funded companies (i.e. Accelerator or Small Bets Fund)
  • 10% employees of Startmate-funded companies
  • 20% if signing up as team of 3 or more from the same company

For more information about scholarships, click here.

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

Essential Reading

Apply for the upcoming
Startmate Accelerator

If you’re ready to move faster than you ever thought possible, build a better product with more users, and get the best platform in ANZ to raise capital, apply for the Startmate Accelerator. 

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Program Dates: JAN 15–APR 17 (12 WEEKS)

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Applications Close: 11:59PM NOV 12

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.