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UNSW Founders | Inspiring & Supporting Alumni Entrepreneurs

UNSW Founders | Inspiring & Supporting Alumni Entrepreneurs

UNSW Founders Program is Australia’s most comprehensive university entrepreneurship program, graduating the highest number of Australian start-up founders. So, whether you're completely new to entrepreneurship, or you're an experienced founder, there's an initiative to help you on your way.

Offering multiple programs and bespoke services, the Founders Program's clearly signposted journey takes alumni from foundational classes in entrepreneurial mindset through to launching a start-up in the global marketplace.

Find out more by attending one of the weekly digital information sessions where you will connect with start-up coaches, other entrepreneurs, and kick off your journey with UNSW Founders.

See below for a list of the current UNSW Founders programs and initiatives. Make sure you join an information session to find the program or initiative that is the best fit for you.

MCIC Foundations

MCIC Foundations offers entrepreneurial and creative confidence opportunities with over 200+ events and activities annually:
• Unleash your inner entrepreneur
• Build innovation skills
• Meet like-minded people
• Hack, ideate, prototype, and tackle real-world challenges

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Coach & Connect

Coach & Connect links aspiring founders with an experienced start-up coach to provide the following, at no charge:
• Unlimited one-on-one practical advice
• Introductions to networks
• Assistance with all elements of a start-up including marketing campaigns and planning for a capital raise

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New Wave

To address the under-representation of women in entrepreneurship, the two-week New Wave incubator offers the following to alumnae who identify as women:
• Access to skills-building workshops
• Expert masterclasses
• Access to industry leading mentors

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Founders Pre-accelerator

This 10-week program is for early-stage startups who have a first prototype or MVP. Designed to propel your entrepreneurial journey further, in particular, you’ll learn:

• How to design, build and launch an early version of your product or service in one or more target markets and acquire users and customers.
• How to fund operations, gain traction, validate a scalable business model and pitch.

Participation in Founders Pre-accelerator is an ideal pathway to build your eligibility for our flagship Founders 10x Accelerator.

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Founders 10x Accelerator

Founders 10x Accelerator is UNSW’s flagship entrepreneurial program. It offers:

• $20k in funding with a SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity).
• 10 weeks of accelerated learning from industry and startup experts
• Weekly 1:1 Entrepreneur in Residence sessions
• Access to our network of mentors, investors and Founders Program alumni
• Insights into what it takes to build a globally competitive startup
• Co-working space during the program at UNSW (when restrictions are lifted)
• An additional 6+ months incubation after the 10-week program (when restrictions are lifted)
• An opportunity to pitch to investors and the startup ecosystem at an end of program event, Demo Night

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Health 10x Accelerator

Health 10x Accelerator is a unique program aimed at pioneering the creation of affordable healthcare solutions in the developing world. It offers:

• $20,000 seed funding as a SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity).
• 10 weeks of accelerated learning from industry and startup experts
• Access to Health10x global mentorship program
• An opportunity to participate in a series of digital events with key health innovation stakeholders in India and America
• Access to a co-working space with UNSW Founders in Residence for 6 months after the program (when restrictions are lifted)
• An opportunity to pitch your startup to investors at UNSW Founders annual 10x Demo Day.

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Not sure which initiative is right for you? Attend a UNSW Founders information session to have all your questions answered.