State Library Victoria's StartSpace is delivering the Study Melbourne Future Founders Program 2021 for international students and budding entrepreneurs to inspire and create opportunities for the next generation of business founders.

This Victorian Government initiative is Australia’s biggest entrepreneurship program and is completely free to participate in. The program 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.

Building on the successful Future Founders Festival last year, it has expanded to include community roadshows, intensive Bootcamps, festival programming and Australia's first international student incubator, with $10,000 in venture scholarships on offer for up to eight start-up teams.

Through the Future Founders Program, you will learn practical skills and hear from some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs. You’ll also have the chance to connect with other students and new business founders.

Online and onsite events will run throughout the year. No matter what stage you’re at, there’s something for everyone!

There is more than one approach to your career  – could this be for you?

Future Founders Program

  • Community roadshows (10 – 26 May): Taking place across regional Victoria, at universities in Melbourne and online, the roadshows enable a broader audience to access talks and workshops with industry experts. Book your ticket
  • Future Founders Festival (July/August): The four- day festival will feature startup founders and industry experts, and includes a 48-hour Hackathon in August that aims to introduce students to entrepreneurship and the startup ecosystem. Book your ticket
  • Immersive boot camps: Run over two weeks, the boot camps are an immersive program for students who are ready to commit, with a focus on reflective learning that will pressure-test participants and teach skills quickly. Register your interest
  • Venture scholarships: Australia’s first international student initiative will provide incubator funding for budding founders. Eight ventures will receive $10,000 in scholarship funding and each recipient will get a six-week StartSpace membership, which includes exclusive one-on-one coaching and mentoring opportunities.Register your interest

About StartSpace
Got an idea for a new business but not sure where to start? StartSpace, powered by State Library Victoria, is a community and business support service for people who have an idea or the very beginnings of a business. Members can access our community network and our full range of workshops, events and other programs. Visit the StartSpace website to find out more.