Australian start-up announces female-only Fellowship program

Australian start-up accelerator announces female-only Fellowship program

Sydney based start-up accelerator Startmate has announced a new initiative to drive change for female entrepreneurs.

Applications are now open for their women-only Fellowship program to help 30 women land top positions at leading Australian tech start-ups.

The company invests in innovative founders and folds them into a community of mentors and alumni through a specialised accelerator program, offering resources, advice and support along the way.

The 12-week program begins in March and will run across Sydney and Melbourne, providing accepted candidates with insights, internships and one-on-one sessions at start-ups including Canva and Safety Culture.

Startmate’s CEO, Michael Batko, said the program will run outside work hours, and timing can be flexible for mothers to ensure the best candidates gain access to the opportunities.

“We made the decision for this particular Fellowship to focus on providing women new pathways and key networks in the world of tech, so they can land the job they really want,” Batko said. 

“Whether you’re a software engineer whose real passion is an open-source project you’re working on after hours, or a recently graduated bachelor or masters students with huge dreams and a strong desire to work on something you love, the Fellowship program is designed to get you to the next stage of your career.”

At the end of the program, participants have the chance to fly to San Francisco to meet some of the world’s largest and most renowned start-ups and investors.

Batko hopes that through this Fellowship, Australia’s brightest in start-up will be identified and championed.

“We want those who are passionate, tenacious, quick-thinking and hungry for opportunity, and then train them to be exceptional candidates who can thrive in a fast-paced start-up atmosphere,” he said.

This is the second year Startmate has run this Fellowship program and since then alumni have been poached into jobs with a wide range of start-ups including Canva, Eucalyptus and Dovetail.

25-year old Nicole Liu was a management consultant at McKinsey when she undertook the Fellowship in 2019. Now, she works in launching products at Eucalyptus.

Jessica Liu was working in Melbourne as a financial planning and analysis at TransUrban before she went through the Fellowship program. Now, she’s working for San-Fansisco based financial-tech start-up LendingHome.

The cost of the program is $1,000, though 10 successful applicants will receive scholarships to waive the fee.

On Monday February 17th, Batko will be appearing on an online Q&A event for interested applicants to ask questions about the Fellowship and the application process. You can sign up here.


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