Macquarie Park Founders Program

Applications for this program have closed. 

The Macquarie Park Founders’ Program is a seven-week guided program.

This program will equip you with essential entrepreneurial skills to launch a globally scalable business. You’ll also become part of a cohort of fellow entrepreneurs and be given the opportunity to link into the local startup community,  providing you with the connections to help you on your entrepreneurial journey.

This program is delivered 100% online will connect you with the Macquarie University Incubator where you can have the opportunity to submit an application for residency in January or February 2022.

Program Structure

  • 30 modules covering key concepts for startup success such as Startup Essentials, How to Launch your Product and Growth and Funding
  • Weekly workshops each Friday with industry and subject matter experts, successful startup founders and investors
  • One-on-one sessions with a business advisor and commercialisation expert
  • Introductions to successful startup founders, mentors and advisors within the startup ecosystem
  • Access to resources to support your startup journey
  • Tech credits and other opportunities
  • Demo Day (Pitch Day), an internal only event held in week seven
  • Meeting and overview how to apply for residency at the Macquarie University Incubator in 2022.

Note: This is a guided online education program. The City of Ryde has partnered with Startup Onramp to deliver this component. 

Key dates 

  • Applications open: Tuesday 5 October 2021
  • Applications close: Sunday 24 October 2021, midnight
  • Interviews with program applicants: 1 November – 5 November 2021
  • Offers of place in the program: Prior to program commencement
  • Program runs: Monday 8 November 2021 – Monday 20 December 2021 (attendance required online each Friday).

How much does the program cost?

  1. Fully subsidised by the City of Ryde
  2. An additional team member from the same startup, $399 +GST.

Please note:

  • The full cost of the program is more than $5,000 per participant but through sponsorship, the City of Ryde can offer this program fully subsidised.
  • The cohort size is limited, acceptance into the program is competitive and via application and interview.
  • If your application is successful, full commitment is required prior to the program start date to confirm your acceptance and payment of an additional team member.
  • The 2021 Macquarie Park Founders’ Program is supported by City of Ryde and the Macquarie University Incubator.

Your commitment to online in-person attendance

  • Mandatory attendance every Friday from 12pm-1pm (AEDT) over six weeks plus (day one and on the Friday of week seven).

Who should apply?

The City of Ryde is industry-agnostic. We invite Australian citizens or residents to apply who are:

  • New entrepreneurs in the first 12 months of their business
  • Early-stage startup founders with or without MVP (minimum viable product)
  • Pre-series A founders
  • Individuals with tech-business ideas that could be the basis of a scalable business
  • Social impact or social enterprise startups

You are encouraged to apply as long as you are highly passionate and driven to bring your startup to life and are 18+ years.

What is the selection criteria?

  • Minimum requirement: Should be able to attend online each Friday during the program, plus the additional half days (day one and Friday of week seven).
  • Must have a startup business or is planning to launch a startup.

How many people per cohort can join?

One person per business should apply, and indicate they if they have other team members (eg, co-founder) who would also like to take part in the program. If your application is successful, additional team members are $399 +GST each.

How can I apply?

Applications for this program closed on Sunday 24 October 2021. Applicants will be assessed throughout the application period. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in a virtual interview.