2021 The Studio Founders’ Program, Information
What is The Studio’s Founders’ Program?
The Studio Founders’ Program is a 6-week guided program, culminating in week 7 with a pitch day (demo day, internal only).
This program will equip you with essential entrepreneurial skills and fill knowledge gaps for existing founders. You’ll also become part of a startup community, which is invaluable to new entrepreneurs and startup founders like yourself. Throughout the program you will be supported by a team of advisors, mentors for one-on-one sessions.
The Studio has partnered with Startup Onramp to deliver this program.
Applications close: 28th February
Interviews (on-line) with candidates / successful candidates advised: 24th Feb – 9th March
Weeks 1-6: Program runs, Monday 15th March – Friday 23rd April, 2021
Week 7: Friday 30th April, Pitch Day / Demo Day (internal only)
Minimum requirement of attendance in-person at The Studio:
Monday 15th March: Day 1, 8.30 – midday (half day)
19th March – 30th April, 7 x Friday’s (full day) throughout the program.
NB. You must be able to attend in-person, the dates above (seven and half days) at The Studio to be eligible for this program.
Is it free?
The Studio will offer fully-funded:
6 week online course, with forum and 6 week residency at The Studio, which includes additional face-to-face learning, resources, activities and other benefits.
Program Overview, how does it work?
The first week of the Founders’ Program kicks off with a morning of welcome launch activities, orientation tour and induction.
In person activities, held at The Studio are conducted in a COVID-safe environment. All participants are required to follow The Studio’s COVID-safe policies.
Every Friday throughout the program, activities take place on-site at The Studio and include:
At the end of the 6th week, you’ll be coached in a “Pitch Masterclass”, providing you with pitch-ready skills for the final activity, the Demo Day (cohort only activity).
During the course of the Founders’ Program, you will have access to the following during business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5.30pm:
You are also welcome to join The Studio’s other events held in the lounge or virtually:
Who can join?
The Studio is industry-agnostic. We invite applications for this Founders Program from:
As long as you’re highly passionate and driven to bring your startup to life, are based in the Sydney area and are 18+ yrs., then we encourage you to apply.
What are the selection criteria?
How many people per cohort can join?
One person per team, additional team members can also do the 6-week online course for $300.
Q: Do I have to have a startup company already registered in Australia?
- No. Establishing and launching a business in Australia is a key focus of this program.
- If you are already a startup founder, you will also benefit from this program. It will fill any knowledge gaps and allow you to reassess your business through proven methodologies.
Q: Do I have to be based in Sydney/ the Greater Sydney region?
Q: What does the program expect from me? Does the program expect me to be able to provide an output (e.g. MVP, PoC) at the end of the 6-week program?
Q: Do I have to sign up for residency at The Studio upon completion of the program?
Q: Is there an opportunity to pitch to investors?
Q: If one team member of our startup is successful with a funded placement in this program, can other team members share the program?
Q: I thought The Studio was focused on startups in communications, media and the creative industries? If my startup is not related to any of these sectors can I still apply?
Q: Why is The Studio offering this program for free and low-cost?
A: The Studio is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity with a mission to support and foster startup and scaleup activity in Australia for the benefit of all.