Startmate’s Student Fellowship offers university students and recent graduates a peek behind the scenes of what it’s like to work at a startup and life-long access to Startmate’s community.
Program dates: 27th November - 8th December
NSW student cohort & activities funded by
VIC student cohort & activities funded by
It’s a common misconception that you have to be technically minded to work at a startup. This is simply not true. Whether you’re studying arts, engineering, music, science, law, business or anything in between, the Student Fellowship can help you determine whether a career in startups is the right fit for you.
Our Student Fellows come from all backgrounds, experiences and walks of life. However, they are all:
We’re especially interested in you if you would like to work in, found, or invest in startups in the future (or now)!
We place intersectionality at the forefront of our programs, irrespective of age, race, disability, cultural background, gender or sexuality. All university students are welcome to apply.
The Student Fellowship runs for 2 weeks, during which time Fellows hear from big-name guest speakers from within the ecosystem, and have the opportunity to ask questions and network during and after sessions.
Fellows also team up and participate in a side-project that involves coming up with a startup idea, testing and refining it, and pitching the finished product at the end of the program.
You’ll also be added to a talent pool that will open you up to internship opportunities at Australian and New Zealand startups.
And the journey doesn't end after 2 weeks. Our Student Fellows join Startmate’s community of operators, founders and investors for life, and make meaningful connections with other ambitious, passionate students from all over the country.
Check out this program reflection from Summer23 cohort student fellow, Melody Wu.
The Student Fellowship gives students the chance to explore what a career in startups might look like and how to go about entering the world of startups.
Student Fellows will have the chance to hear from a range of incredible speakers about their founder journey, what advice they’d give to their university self, and will also cover topics such as:
In addition to the sessions, Fellows can pick and choose to take part in other areas of the program:
Sessions will take place via Zoom, with extra in-person networking opportunities in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Auckland.
Sessions will run mostly at lunchtime and in the evening, with approximately 20 hours of content across the program. It will be an intense learning and networking experience. You’ll get out what you put in!
Sessions will be recorded and available after the program ends, but you will get the most out of the program if you can attend the live sessions.
In general, the program follows a set operating cadence. Live sessions will typically run:
****In addition to the content sessions, there will also be in-person drinks and regular catch-ups with your Squad and Coach.
Depending on your own bandwidth and personal objectives, you can then scale up from there - dive into bonus resources, connect with other Fellows & Coaches, build your network, etc.
The Student Fellowship is a two-week, mostly remote, bootcamp that runs twice a year during the winter and summer student holidays, with paid internship opportunities to follow.
Each cohort is made up of about 150-200 students and recent graduates (up to six months post-graduation).
27 November - 8 December 2023
Price for program → $200AUD (incl. GST)
- A person that does not live at home and funds living costs during university via Centrelink and/or working
- A person that lives at home but does not receive financial support from parents
- A person whose ability to work is being affected, or is likely to be affected, by the long-term and ongoing effects of one of the following:
Sole parent’s responsibility
Long term medical condition / disability