Student Fellows don’t have to join a bank or consulting company to get 'business experience' but can build a startup to work on the future.
Oli doesn’t need a degree, but Coursera on Neural Networks and the Student Fellowship set him up to join the future of agriculture at Halter; and
Eddie doesn’t have to join oil giant Chevron to have an impact on energy distribution, but can join Gridcognition’s team to work on decentralised energy projects instead.
The Startmate team can go and announce building a city, and state governments will take it seriously.
We’ve built a supportive epicentre where it is celebrated to be ambitious.
Do you have an unhappy Engineering friend who has always dreamt about startups? intro me! The Engineering Fellowship is kicking off soon!
Know anyone in government to help us make the Startmate City vision a reality? Pls intro me!
1. Lay the Foundations: Set up Startmate for long-term success
Ben Vickers joined us as Head of Financial Operations just in time for the EOFY and all our fund reporting obligations.
Nicole Meaker (Women Fellowship cohort 3) joined us to get the Engineering Fellowship up and running.
Lots of companies are interested in sponsoring the Startmate Fellowship Programs to get first access to great talent. If you are, hit reply!
2. Ambition Magnet: Attract the most ambitious founders, operators and investors
Liminal* is our operator conference to showcase the Fellowship talent and inspire new ambitious talent to join startups. The week-long festival had 1,012 people registered.
Our first-ever Founders Fellowship has kicked off with 87x future founders out of 365x applications. Stay tuned for all the new companies out of the cohort!
3. Smooth Operator: set us up as the smoothest plug-and-play system to serve the team
We’ve started experimenting with recording content to leverage across all programs.
The Founders Fellowship selection was another big experiment, where the applicants interviewed each other and decided themselves who was going to join the cohort.
We’ve made a start to bring the whole community onto one platform. Watch this space!
We were featured on the cover of The Australian's The List: Top 100 magazine, with our 10-year vision to build Startmate City. And off the back of this, lots of state government and regional councils are reaching out.
We had 1,012 registrations for Liminal*, the pre-cursor conference for the Women Fellowship.
130 engineers attended our 'Engineer to Founder' event in partnership with Junior Devs, as an initial outreach for the upcoming Engineering Fellowship. Special mention to Anubhav for bringing the ideas and vibes.
Student Fellowship finished with an NPS of 80, with 33 students already in startup jobs.
Similarly, the last Women Fellowship cohort has already seen 49 women join a startup.
Small Bets Fund was delayed further but is now up and running with upgraded legal and fund docs. We have $415k in signed subscription agreements of the minimum fund size of $750k (targeted $1m).
The first few hundred Liminal* registrants got a whole heap of emails with calendar invites, and we soon realised not everyone uses Gmail. Epic fail. But we managed to quickly onboard everyone to a new platform called Luma which helped.
We’re sad to see our Product Manager go and have now started to rethink the future organisational structure of Startmate.
Startmate in the News
(As Startmate is slowly becoming a Media Empire under our Queen Bronte, we might have to rethink the next section of the update in the future.)
Startmate dubbed a “unicorn factory” and featured on the cover of The Australian’s inaugural magazine The List: 100 Innovators. Dozens of members of the Startmate family also featured! Shout out to Phoebe Gardner, Lewis Collins, Saron Berhane, Henry Brindle, Joshua Wilson, George Hartley, Julia Reisser, Michael Kingsbury, Kate Morris, Michael Fox, Kjetil Hansen, Nicole Liu, Lachlan McKnight, Evan Tait-Styles, Ursula Hogben, Ben Sze, Jeremy Cox, Duncan Anderson, Pieter Danhieux, Matias Madou, Fatemah Beydoun, Katherine McConnell.