The Founders Program

At UNSW Sydney we’re all about nurturing brilliance. We’ve graduated more technology entrepreneurs than any other Australian university and to date have already helped 1000 startups and entrepreneurs to get their ventures off the ground. This year, we’ve launched a brand new initiative, The Founders Program, to give all students and staff the opportunity to build their entrepreneurial confidence so that you have the skills and resilience you need to thrive in the 21st Century workplace. Whether you’re a newbie to the startup ecosystem or your venture’s already gone global, we’re here to help!

 

foundations

At Michael Crouch Innovation Centre we’re running a year-round program of events, talks and workshops to give you a taste of what the Founders Program has to offer. New to entrepreneurship? No problem! Sign up for a ‘MakeMCIC’ workshop to learn how to transform your designs into 3D printed objects or laser etch an artwork, learn how to make the most of our makerspace kit, take a design thinking workshop or get involved in a hack to solve a real world problem. If you’ve already got a great idea for a startup, come along to a pitch night and help propel your venture to the next level. All up we’ve got over 200 events for you to choose from!

 

For more info and to register for sessions, check out the events page

coach and connect

Already running a startup but need some business advice? Founders Coach & Connect has you covered with our free business coaching service. It’s designed for founders with intentions to create or grow a real business, with at least one UNSW student, recent graduate or academic on the founding team. It’s also a great first step if you’re interested in applying for any of our pre-accelerators or our flagship Founders 10x Accelerator.

For more info on the program and applications, sign up for our enews here.

start

Looking to validate your startup idea and develop a first version of your product or service? Founders Start is a 5-week pre-accelerator program for real, early-stage businesses led by UNSW students or recent alumni. It’s designed for teams that have an idea and major potential but no existing product and are unsure if the market really wants or needs their idea.

For more info on the program and applications, sign up for our enews here.

launch

Looking to launch your startup’s product or service and receive feedback from real customers or users? Founders Launch is designed for teams that are close to or have achieved product-market fit. They will have found a lucrative, preferably global, market that uses their minimum viable product. 

For more info on the program and applications, sign up for our enews here.

grow

Founders Grow is a 5-week pre-accelerator program for real, early-stage businesses led by UNSW students or recent alumni looking to further develop their established startup businesses and prepare for longer intensive programs and/or fast growth.

Founders Grow is generally for teams with a proven product, strong business fundamentals and are beginning to look at ways of accelerating their growth. Each business will receive $5K in grant funding and intensive support from subject-matter experts and entrepreneurs with been there, done that experience.

For more info on the program and applications, sign up for our enews here.

new wave

Are you a female Founder looking for inspiration, mentorship and support from some of the most successful women in the ecosystem? New Wave Founders aims to address the gender gap in entrepreneurship by connecting female students with the right industry mentors during their entrepreneur journey. The program comprises a speaker series and a startup competition.

For more info on the program and applications, sign up for our enews here.

founderslab

If you’ve got a great idea for a product or service but don’t have the technical skills to execute it, FoundersLab is for you. A world-first, it offers on-campus product development services free of charge and can connect you with potential technical co-founders.

For more info on the program and applications, sign up for our enews here.

global

The Global Founders program facilitates connection between student entrepreneurs and the Chinese and Japanese markets. It provides networking events, training camps and services such as language support.

For more info on the program and applications, sign up for our enews here.

accelerator

Founders 10x is our flagship accelerator, tailored for high-potential UNSW startups who want to strengthen their entrepreneurship skills and accelerate their ventures to be investor-ready. The Accelerator supports up to 20 startups each year through an intensive 10-week program that includes world-class mentorship and networking opportunities, significant funding support, business development and product prototyping services.

For more info on the program and applications, sign up for our enews here.