Why should I do Startup Onramp?

By investing a small amount of time and money at the beginning of your startup journey we believe you can greatly increase your chances of success.

More than 90% of all startups fail, in many cases because the founders make predictable mistakes. By showing you what actions have consistently led to success in other startups, and what have led to failure, we aim to equip you with the skills and knowledge to “un-fail” your startup by avoiding costly mistakes and successfully navigating the first year.

Who is it for?

Startup Onramp is for new and first-time startup founders and anyone who has an idea for a startup but is struggling to know what to do next.

If you’re stuck in a corporate job, or just fed up selling time to make a living, and have an idea for a startup, Startup Onramp could be just what you need to get from idea to execution.

If you've been working on a startup idea for a while but are pre-revenue, Startup Onramp can help you to ensure you follow best practice and avoid failing due to rookie mistakes.

What do you mean by “startup”?

By "startup" we mean a high-growth, scalable company that is addressing a large, global market, typically using the internet. These businesses are commonly referred to as “tech startups” or “software startups”.

The course content focuses specifically on tech startups. If you have an idea for a tech startup, we’d like to hear from you.

If you’re interested in starting some other kind of business, this isn’t the course for you.

Do I need to have a startup idea?

Yes, we want you to have an idea to work on. However, we recognise that most startup ideas change over time, so don’t be too stressed if your idea is still embryonic, you have doubts about its potential, or you have more than one idea.

Did you know that YouTube started out as a video dating site, and Flickr started out as an online role-playing game?

What formats are available?

Startup Onramp runs in two delivery modes:

The Startup Onramp Founders Course is a two-day intensive course on how to start a startup and maximise your chances of success. On completion of the course participants are able to sign up for optional ongoing mentoring to help them take their idea further.

The Startup Onramp Pre-Accelerator is a 12-week part-time program that comprises a workshop each week plus weekly individual mentoring sessions, and culminates in a pitch night in which all participants pitch their startup and share their learnings with fellow entrepreneurs.

When does the next course start?

The next Founders Course runs in Brisbane on 18 & 19 October 2019. We are currently accepting registrations here.

The next Pre-Accelerator Program will run in Brisbne in Q1 2020.

Where is the course held?

The Founders Course is held at WeWork on Edward Street, Brisbane.

Getting to WeWork:

  • Directly across the road from Central Train Station
  • Two blocks from King George Square Car Park
  • A short Uber (or Lime) from just about anywhere in the city or city fringe

How do I apply to take part?

Places in the next Founders Course in Brisbane are open now. You can register here.

What does it cost?

The Founders Course registration fee is $1,990 (incl GST) per place. If you're registering as a team the cost is $1,490 per team member.

What do I get?

Participants in the Startup Onramp Founders Course receive:

  • Two days jam-packed with content and panel discussions
  • A comprehensive pack of course materials and readings
  • Exclusive dinner event with a special guest presenter
  • One hour mentoring session with Startup Onramp Founder Colin Kinner or Entrepreneur-In-Residence Nick Shewring (redeemable within 4 weeks of course completion)
  • US$3,000 worth of AWS credits
  • 90% discount on HubSpot software
  • Official Startup Onramp T-shirt
  • Chance to be selected to pitch at the annual Startup Onramp Pitch Showcase event

Do I need to be a programmer?

Startup Onramp is open to anyone regardless of their technical skills.

If you're building a tech company you will need to bring tech skills into the business at some point, so if a lack of technical expertise is holding you back from pursuing your startup we can help you with strategies to identify reputable developers and potential technical co-founders.

Do I need a team?

The course is open to individuals or teams of up to three.

Do I have to give up equity in my business?

Absolutely not. We want you to be successful but we don't believe you should have to give up equity in return for knowledge. We don't charge success fees or commissions either - we just want you to go and build an amazing company.