The Founders Program

The Founders Program

We inspire entrepreneurial minds and provide them with the skills needed to succeed.

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Learn more about the founders program

MCIC Foundations
Founders Coach & Connect
Founders Start
Founders Launch
Founders Grow
MCIC Foundations
MCIC Foundations

MCIC Foundations

At the 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 2D printed objects or laser etch an artwork, learn how to make the most of our makerspace kit at a shop tools session, 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 a complete rundown and to register for sessions, check out the events page.

Founders Coach & Connect
Coach & Connect

Coach & Connect

Ready to chat with an experienced startup coach about your innovative idea or existing business? Our Coach & Connect team is available all year round and there's no competitive application process. This is your starting point and place to check in periodically all throughout your startup journey. Your business coach will initially start by introducing you to resources, opportunities and people that will help you along the way.

They might guide you through your lean canvas and help you validate many of your key assumptions. They can then help with anything from designing your first digital marketing campaign to planning for a capital raise and much more!

Any inquiries may be directed to Program Managers Mary Liu or Shahe Momdjian: mary.liu@unsw.edu.au or s.momdjian@unsw.edu.au

Founders Start
Founder Start

Start

Looking to validate your startup idea and design 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 exciting idea and major potential but no existing product. You will be grouped with other startups at a similar stage of the journey and learn from one another as well as experienced mentors on your way to the final pitching event.

Cohort 1 Applications Open Now! Apply here

  • Program Runs May 22 to June 21
  • Applications Opens Tuesday 10 April
  • Applications Close: Tuesday 1 May

Any enquiries may be directed to Shahe Momdjian, Program Manager: s.momdjian@unsw.edu.au

Founders Launch
Founder Launch

Founder Launch

Looking to launch your first product or service and receive feedback from real people? Founders Launch is a 5-week pre-accelerator program designed for startups that are almost ready to enter their markets and see what real users or customers have to say! There is a strong focus on marketing tools and strategies in this stream as the chosen teams take on their target markets in a supportive and collaborative environment. There will be a final pitching event to showcase your progress to the UNSW founders community.

Cohort 1 Applications Open Now! Apply here

  • Program Runs May 22 to June 21
  • Applications Opens Tuesday 10 April
  • Applications Close: Tuesday 1 May

Any enquiries may be directed to Shahe Momdjian, Program Manager: s.momdjian@unsw.edu.au

    Founders Grow
    Founder Growth

    Founders Grow

    Looking to take your established startup business to the next level? Founders Grow is a 5-week pre-accelerator program for teams looking to enter longer, more intensive accelerator programs or simply grow much faster than ever before. Whether they are focused on raising capital or securing a strategic customer, these teams are well on their way. 

    To reward their impressive progress and lay the foundations for further expansion, we will provide each business with $5,000 in grant funding as well as intensive support from subject-matter experts and entrepreneurs with been there, done that experience.

    Cohort 1 Applications Open Now! Apply here

    • Program Runs May 22 to June 21
    • Applications Opens Tuesday 10 April
    • Applications Close: Tuesday 1 May

    Any enquiries may be directed to Shahe Momdjian, Program Manager: s.momdjian@unsw.edu.au

    New Wave Founders
    New Wave

    New Wave Founders

    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 launching more female-led startups on campus as well as connecting female students with the right industry mentors and alumni during their entrepreneur journey. The program comprises a startup incubator for aspiring entrepreneurs, a Syndicate for exisiting entrepreneurs and a Brunch Club for networking.

    Incubator

    • Program runs July 2nd - July 14th 
    • Applications Open 16th April
    • Applications Close 6th May

    Any inquiries may be directed to Mary Liu, Program Manager: mary.liu@unsw.edu.au

    Global Founders
    Founder Global

    Global Founders

    The Global Founders Program provides our student and alumni startups with a platform to develop cross-cultural business skills and to expand their global networks. Program opportunities include foreign market entry guidance and sponsored business trips to countries such as China, Japan, the United States and others.

    Any inquiries may be directed to Program Manager Melissa Ran: 

    m.ran@unsw.edu.au

    FounderLab
    Founder Lab

    FounderLab

    If you’ve got a great idea for a product or service but don’t have the technical skills to execute it, FounderLab is for you. A world-first, it offers on-campus product development services. We offer free development services to get your startup off the ground or to the next level. 

    Cohort 2

    • Program runs 5th July- 1st September
    • Applications open: 1st May
    • Applications close: 21st June

    For more information about applications, contact Program Manager, Gwilym Humphrys: g.humphrys@unsw.edu.au

    Founders 10x Accelerator
    10x Accelerator

    10x 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.

    Cohort 2

    • Program runs 25th June - 7th September
    • Applications Open: 1st May, 2018
    • Applications Close: 1st June, 2018
    MCIC Foundations

    MCIC Foundations

    At the 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 2D printed objects or laser etch an artwork, learn how to make the most of our makerspace kit at a shop tools session, 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 a complete rundown and to register for sessions, check out the events page.

    Coach & Connect

    Coach & Connect

    Ready to chat with an experienced startup coach about your innovative idea or existing business? Our Coach & Connect team is available all year round and there's no competitive application process. This is your starting point and place to check in periodically all throughout your startup journey. Your business coach will initially start by introducing you to resources, opportunities and people that will help you along the way.

    They might guide you through your lean canvas and help you validate many of your key assumptions. They can then help with anything from designing your first digital marketing campaign to planning for a capital raise and much more!

    Any inquiries may be directed to Program Managers Mary Liu or Shahe Momdjian: mary.liu@unsw.edu.au or s.momdjian@unsw.edu.au

    Founder Start

    Start

    Looking to validate your startup idea and design 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 exciting idea and major potential but no existing product. You will be grouped with other startups at a similar stage of the journey and learn from one another as well as experienced mentors on your way to the final pitching event.

    Cohort 1 Applications Open Now! Apply here

    • Program Runs May 22 to June 21
    • Applications Opens Tuesday 10 April
    • Applications Close: Tuesday 1 May

    Any enquiries may be directed to Shahe Momdjian, Program Manager: s.momdjian@unsw.edu.au

    Founder Launch

    Founder Launch

    Looking to launch your first product or service and receive feedback from real people? Founders Launch is a 5-week pre-accelerator program designed for startups that are almost ready to enter their markets and see what real users or customers have to say! There is a strong focus on marketing tools and strategies in this stream as the chosen teams take on their target markets in a supportive and collaborative environment. There will be a final pitching event to showcase your progress to the UNSW founders community.

    Cohort 1 Applications Open Now! Apply here

    • Program Runs May 22 to June 21
    • Applications Opens Tuesday 10 April
    • Applications Close: Tuesday 1 May

    Any enquiries may be directed to Shahe Momdjian, Program Manager: s.momdjian@unsw.edu.au

      Founder Growth

      Founders Grow

      Looking to take your established startup business to the next level? Founders Grow is a 5-week pre-accelerator program for teams looking to enter longer, more intensive accelerator programs or simply grow much faster than ever before. Whether they are focused on raising capital or securing a strategic customer, these teams are well on their way. 

      To reward their impressive progress and lay the foundations for further expansion, we will provide each business with $5,000 in grant funding as well as intensive support from subject-matter experts and entrepreneurs with been there, done that experience.

      Cohort 1 Applications Open Now! Apply here

      • Program Runs May 22 to June 21
      • Applications Opens Tuesday 10 April
      • Applications Close: Tuesday 1 May

      Any enquiries may be directed to Shahe Momdjian, Program Manager: s.momdjian@unsw.edu.au

      New Wave Founders
      Global Founders
      FounderLab
      Founders 10x Accelerator
      New Wave

      New Wave Founders

      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 launching more female-led startups on campus as well as connecting female students with the right industry mentors and alumni during their entrepreneur journey. The program comprises a startup incubator for aspiring entrepreneurs, a Syndicate for exisiting entrepreneurs and a Brunch Club for networking.

      Incubator

      • Program runs July 2nd - July 14th 
      • Applications Open 16th April
      • Applications Close 6th May

      Any inquiries may be directed to Mary Liu, Program Manager: mary.liu@unsw.edu.au

      Founder Global

      Global Founders

      The Global Founders Program provides our student and alumni startups with a platform to develop cross-cultural business skills and to expand their global networks. Program opportunities include foreign market entry guidance and sponsored business trips to countries such as China, Japan, the United States and others.

      Any inquiries may be directed to Program Manager Melissa Ran: 

      m.ran@unsw.edu.au

      Founder Lab

      FounderLab

      If you’ve got a great idea for a product or service but don’t have the technical skills to execute it, FounderLab is for you. A world-first, it offers on-campus product development services. We offer free development services to get your startup off the ground or to the next level. 

      Cohort 2

      • Program runs 5th July- 1st September
      • Applications open: 1st May
      • Applications close: 21st June

      For more information about applications, contact Program Manager, Gwilym Humphrys: g.humphrys@unsw.edu.au

      10x Accelerator

      10x 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.

      Cohort 2

      • Program runs 25th June - 7th September
      • Applications Open: 1st May, 2018
      • Applications Close: 1st June, 2018