WELCOME TOFuture Founders Program 2021

Build your future with Study Melbourne's Future Founders Program and Festival, Australia’s dedicated year-long program aimed at international students and budding entrepreneurs. This program presented by StartSpace and Study Melbourne is completely free to participate in, and is designed to take you along the journey from forming your business idea to getting it off the ground, no matter what stage you are at. 

You will have the opportunity to connect with other students and new business founders, learn practical skills and gain support with your new business idea.

Can’t come to us? We’ll come to you, with options to get involved both in-person and online - no matter where you are. The program commenced with Roadshows across Victoria and online in May. Coming up, you can get inspired, grow your capabilities and build your networks at the Future Founders Festival in July followed by the 'Hack for Happiness' Hackathon in August. Take the next step and commit to your business with our intensive Bootcamps, and get the funding and mentoring you need with our Venture Scholarship program.

The program is designed to be fun and flexible. You can choose a couple of events that directly suit your startup needs or get involved in the full program so as not to miss any learning opportunities.  

Sign up to be the first to hear updates about program news and events, and watch YouTube recordings from the 2021 Future Founders Festival.

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Future FoundersRoadshows

The roadshows ran from 10 to 26 May 2021 across Victoria and online with guest speakers from the startup world. They were designed to inspire your ideas and the start of your business journey.

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Future FoundersFestival

From 15-16 July, the festival offered a range of essential skills and knowledge required to develop your new business idea. Following is the 48-hour Hackathon, 28-29 August to spend a weekend in a team developing a business idea together.

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Future FoundersBootcamp

Two cohorts of students run over two weeks each, the Bootcamps are an intensive learning ‘hothouse’ with a focus on reflective learning that will pressure-test participants who are ready to commit to their business idea. Applications are open.

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Future FoundersVenture Scholarship

Eight ventures will receive $10,000 in scholarship funding and a six-week StartSpace membership, with exclusive one-on-one coaching and mentoring opportunities.

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What is the Future Founders Program?

This video offers a glimpse of what to expect from the Future Founders Program, featuring footage from the first Roadshow held in Melbourne on 10 May. Take a look and join in the program at any time.  Video by J.P. Taylor Films.

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