The essential course for startup founders

The Founders Course is a two-day intensive course on how to start a startup and maximise your chances of success.

It is for early stage startup founders and anyone who has an idea for a startup but is struggling to know what to do next. If you've been working on a startup idea for a while but are pre-revenue, the Founders Course will show you what best practice looks like and help you to avoid failing due to rookie mistakes.

The course is led by Startup Onramp founder and CEO Colin Kinner and Entrepreneur-In-Residence Nick Shewring, plus a hand-picked group of successful startup founders, investors and subject matter experts who will share their experiences with the group. 

After completing the Startup Onramp Founders course you will know:

  • Essential startup concepts and terminology

  • Shared attributes of successful startups

  • The most common causes of startup failure, and how to avoid them

  • How to test and validate your startup idea

  • The right legal structure and common legal pitfalls

  • How to build a minimum viable product in a weekend

  • How to find and engage the right software developer or technical co-founder

  • How to raise money and pitch investors

  • How to tap into the local startup ecosystem

Check out the full course outline.

Location: WeWork Brisbane (opposite Central Station)

Registration includes:

  • Two days jam-packed with content and panel discussions in a small group learning format

  • A comprehensive set of course materials and readings

  • Exclusive dinner event with special guest

  • One hour coaching 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 Activate credits

  • 90% discount on HubSpot software as part of the HubSpot for Startups program

  • Official Startup Onramp T-shirt

  • Chance to be selected to pitch at the annual Startup Onramp Pitch Showcase event

Questions? Check out the FAQs or get in touch.

Next course: Q1 2020

Pre-register your interest in the next course and we’ll notify you as soon as places are open

Meet the Course Facilitators

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Colin Kinner - Founder and CEO

Colin is one of Australia’s leading experts in startup methodology. He has been deeply involved in the national startup ecosystem over more than ten years – including as Program Director for the Horizons Travel and Tourism Accelerator, Investment Manager for the CEA Startup Fund, Mission Lead for the Startup Catalyst Silicon Valley mission, mentor at River City Labs and CEO of ilab Incubator.

Colin is also one of Australia’s most experienced startup coaches and mentors, having worked with several hundred emerging entrepreneurs. He is passionate about helping startup founders to be successful by learning from the experiences of others.

Read Colin’s chapter in The Entrepreneur’s Guide. Watch Colin’s interview on Entrepreneurs TV.



Nick Shewring - Entrepreneur-In-Residence

Entrepreneurship and innovation are in Nick’s blood. His experience includes co-founding BizDojo, New Zealand's leading chain of startup hubs, where he became a trusted mentor and advisor for many of New Zealand’s fastest growing tech companies.

Nick has also led mobile product innovation at Air New Zealand and is rethinking innovation in the WaterTech space as GM for Nick has coached and mentored hundreds of startup teams and has a significant network in the local and international startup ecosystem. His specialty is bringing people together to achieve impressive things.