The Study Melbourne Future Founders Program, brought to you by Study Melbourne and StartSpace, is Australia’s largest entrepreneurial program aimed at international students and aspiring new founders.

Now in its third year, the program is completely free and designed to take you on the journey from forming your business idea to getting it off the ground.

Through the program you will learn practical skills and hear from inspiring former international student and migrant founders about their own journeys.  You’ll also have the chance to connect with other students and network with people across the Victorian startup community.

Festival: Idea to Impact

Come along to the Future Founders Festival - Idea to Impact on 24 November. This year the Festival will explore sustainable business decisions and how to maximise your opportunities to make a positive impact.

The Festival is completely free to attend and includes inspiring founder talks, panel sessions, an interactive workshop, networking and a pitch competition featuring successful business founders from across Australia, sharing their stories and experience. The Festival is designed to help you learn how to develop a business idea to getting it off the ground.

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Roadshows - 2023

Join us at our upcoming Roadshows, in Ballarat and Geelong, for an introduction to what it takes to start a business. Hear from experienced business founders in the panel talks, and learn business model and problem-solving techniques in the interactive workshops. Free to participate, the Roadshows are designed to inspire your ideas and the start of your business journey.

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Venture Scholarships

The Study Melbourne Future Founders Venture Scholarships are the only international student focused initiative in Victoria that provides seed funding for entrepreneurship ventures.

The Venture Scholarships provides international student-led new business ventures with start up funding, a StartSpace Loft membership and one-on-one coaching and mentoring opportunities.

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Delivered by StartSpace

StartSpace is a business support service and community for people starting out on their business development journey. Membership is free and gives you access to a coworking space, free programs and events to support your business development and a like-minded community.