• 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 skills, advice and networks they need to launch and grow their company.

    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, have an idea for 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 FAQs.

    Meet the teams from Cohort 1.


    Listen to Startup Onramp founder Colin Kinner explain how the program is helping first-time startup founders get their company off to a great start. . .

  • The Startup Onramp team

    Colin Kinner

    Colin Kinner - Founder and Lead Facilitator


    Colin is one of Australia's most experienced startup coaches. He has trained and mentored hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs and 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, Program Director for the Horizons Travel and Tourism 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 - Co-facilitator


    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?". . .



  • Guest presenters

    Meet the amazing entrepreneurs, investors and subject matter experts who shared their experience with the teams in Cohort #1

    Holly Cardew, Pixc

    Johnny Cheng, Amity

    Vu Tran and Adrian Hill, GO1

    Elaine Stead, Bluesky VC

    Steve Baxter

    Jared Codling
    Drew Baird Fitness

    Chris Drake
    That Startup Company

    Manfred Neustifter

    Cole Wilkinson
    Pitcher Partners

    Ash Pritchard, Kicker Comms

    Cale Bennett, FairDealFX

    Brock Kenzler, JosephMark

    Ben Wood
    McCullough Robertson

    Peta Ellis, River City Labs

    Kevin Gosschalk, Funcaptcha

    Stephen Phillips,
    Mawson Ventures

    Wayne Gerard, Redeye

    Mark B Johnson, Collider Accelerator

  • From the startup community

    "Startup Onramp is a great way to start as a founder. Colin and the team provide you with everything you need to know when starting out. The best thing about the program is that it helps you to make sure you are building a product that customers love."

    Holly Cardew - CEO and Founder, Pixc

    "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

    "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

    "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

    "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

  • Media


    Colin Kinner, founder of Startup Onramp, sheds light on five 'rookie' startup errors.


    We’ve all seen the grim statistics: more than 90 percent of startups fail. It’s widely acknowledged that many of these failures are caused by “rookie mistakes”. Yet, having worked with hundreds of startup founders as a mentor and investor I continue to see the same mistakes made again and again. More. . .

    Brisbane pre-accelerator Startup Onramp announces regional expansion

    Wrapping up its first pre-accelerator last night at The Precinct innovation hub in Brisbane, Startup Onramp announced it is set to expand its program across regional Australia, with a second local program set to kick off in September. More. . .

    How Startup Onramp plans to educate 1,000 new tech founders on the most “predictable mistakes” of startups

    After working with hundreds of startup founders over the past decade, the author of StartupAUS Crossroads report has launched a program to help new tech founders avoid some of the most common mistakes and pitfalls made by early-stage startups. More. . .


    BEING an entrepreneur is risky business. That's why Advance Queensland is supporting a new 12-week training initiative designed to give startups a little more certainty in the challenging market. More. . .

    Media release: Program to boost chances of success for 1,000 new and aspiring startup founders

    Startup Onramp, a training and mentoring program for tech startup founders, has launched this week in Brisbane and has been praised by leaders of the startup community as the first of its kind in Australia with the potential to save founders a lot of time and money by avoiding “predictable” mistakes. Download PDF. . .

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