• Startup Onramp



  • What is Startup Onramp?

    Startup Onramp is a 12-week training and mentoring program that gives aspiring founders of high-growth startups the essential skills to launch and grow their company. Commencing in Brisbane in May 2017, followed by other Australian cities.

    Startup skills

    Startup skills

    A structured training program that equips first-time founders with the essential skills to launch and grow their startup

    Founder dinners

    Founder dinners

    Monthly dinners exclusively for Startup Onramp participants with an invited guest entrepreneur or investor

    Startup founder network


    Weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions plus access to a broad network of startup founders, mentors and investors

    Startup launch


    Whether you're still at idea stage or have started something, by the end of the program you'll be ready to launch

  • Why Startup Onramp?

    It's easy to come up with startup ideas, but much harder to actually quit your day job and start a company. Those that do start often make predictable mistakes that lead to failure. We created the Startup Onramp program to give new and aspiring startup founders the knowledge and skills they need to successfully navigate the pitfalls of getting their startup through its first year.


    If you are considering launching a startup, or have recently launched and are struggling to know what to do next, the Startup Onramp program is for you. For teams considering applying to a startup accelerator in Australia or overseas, Startup Onramp is a valuable "pre-accelerator" program to greatly improve your chances of being accepted into any startup accelerator.


    Check out the Program and read the FAQs.

  • The Startup Onramp team

    Colin Kinner

    Colin Kinner


    Colin is an experienced startup educator who has trained and coached hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs. He is passionate about helping startup founders to be successful by learning from the experiences of others.


    Colin is also Mission Lead for the Startup Catalyst Silicon Valley program, Investment Manager for the CEA Startup Fund, Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the Slingshot HCF Accelerator, and author of the StartupAUS Crossroads report.


    His previous experience includes running a startup incubator, a $10 million seed fund, and serving on the boards of a number of venture-backed technology companies.




    Peter Laurie

    Peter Laurie


    Peter is an experienced startup mentor and coach who has worked with hundreds of startup teams.


    He has deep expertise in product development and is passionate about ensuring that startup teams build products that customers actually want.


    If Peter had a dollar for every time he was asked "Will you be my technical co-founder?". . .



  • Testimonials

    "As an investor I expect startup founders to have a solid grasp of the basics. The Startup Onramp program provides that and a whole lot more, and it's delivered by people who really know their stuff."

    Steve Baxter - Serial entrepreneur, investor and shark on Channel Ten's Shark Tank

    "Knowing where to start and having access to quality support is difficult for first time entrepreneurs. The Startup Onramp program will play a key role in that journey."

    Peta Ellis - CEO, River City Labs

    "If I’d had access to Startup Onramp when I started Ollo it would have saved me months of wasted time and hundreds of thousands of dollars."

    Hugh Geiger - Founder, Ollo Wearables

    "I've worked with startup founders around the world and seen the same mistakes made many times. Startup Onramp is an excellent crash course on what to do in the first year of your startup, and could make the difference between success and failure."

    Dwight Gunning - tech entrepreneur

    "Australian startup founders will get a lot out of Startup Onramp. Don't learn by trial and error when you can learn from people who can help you get it right the first time."

    Wayne Gerard - Co-founder and CEO, Redeye

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