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The Melbourne Silicon Beach Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the Silicon Beach Community, giving them the opportunity to enroll in the Melbourne Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.

The Melbourne Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: Silicon Beach, an informal group for anyone interested in founding or working in startups, dev/design in web/mobile tech, IoT, freelancing, investing or working with people in that space. Through the Silicon Beach Fellowship, everyone from the Silicon Beach community is invited to apply to the Melbourne Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($1599 value).

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Silicon Beach Fellowship for the Melbourne 2016 Semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by September 6, 2016, using this link.

Grant: The recipient of the Silicon Beach Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.

Click here to apply for the Silicon Beach Fellowship.

Melbourne Founder Institute Early Applications Due Sunday

Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-04-04

The Founder Institute, the world's largest startup accelerator, is preparing to launch a very promising Melbourne 2016 Semester.

We have many great startup mentors confirmed, and impressive founders are beginning to enroll in the program as well. But, time is running out to apply. 

This Sunday (2016-07-31) is the Early Application Deadline. If you apply by Sunday, you get to take the Predictive Admissions Test for free ($50 value), and are also eligible to receive one of several Founder Institute Fellowships.

If you could use expert training and advice to launch a technology startup in Melbourne, then apply today.

In the Founder Institute's four-month, part-time program, promising startup entrepreneurs “learn by doing” and launch a company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback from a large network of business mentors. Plus, aspiring founders are not required to quit their day job to participate, so they can begin building a business around their ideas without putting their livelihood at risk.

Leading the Founder Institute's efforts in Melbourne are Matt Allen and Sebastian von Conrad. Matt Allen has been running startups since the mid-90’s, and is now focused on helping startups avoid the same mistakes he made. Sebastian von Conrad works as a development manager at Envato, a Melbourne-based company running some of the world's largest online marketplaces and education sites.

In addition, participants in Melbourne will receive expert training and feedback from an impressive list of mentors, including; 

  • Alan Tsen: Co-Founder, Spectrum Tuition
  • Ashley Leach: Managing Director, PoE: Points of Engagement
  • Barry Nguyen: Co-founder/CEO, Phyto Group
  • Ben Webster: CEO,
  • Bernard Drew: Founder and Director, Ignite Legal
  • Brenda Thomson: Director, Smart-Connect
  • Carl Huybers: CEO, Mad Scientist Digital
  • Carol Johnson: Director, Sales Enablement, Salesforce
  • Christina Chen: Director, Surprise Attack
  • Collis Ta'eed: CEO, Envato
  • Daniel Ringrose: Business Coach, Future Results
  • Darcy Naunton: General Partner, York Butter Factory / Adventure Capital
  • David Guest: Director, Outcomes Business Group
  • Gary Tramer: Co-Founder, WebReception
  • Humphrey Laubscher: Innovation Manager, Nab Labs
  • Ian Hopkinson: Founder/Principal Consultant, Mad Scientist Digital
  • James Tuckerman: Founder, Editor-In-Chief, Anthill Magazine
  • James Kyd: Founder, Blockchain Consulting Group
  • Jason Lim: General Manager, York Butter Factory
  • Justin French: Product Manager, Envato
  • Kurt Falkenstein: Founder, General Standards
  • Mark Hendrickson: CEO and Co-founder, Side Racket
  • Mark Middleton: Founder, Reminisce Entertainment Pty Ltd
  • Marty Andrews: Co-Founder & CEO, Cogent
  • Matt Allen: GM & Co-Founder, Lookahead Search Melbourne
  • Melina Chan: Advisor - Community and Culture, Inspire9
  • Michael Jankie: Co-founder, LeadChat
  • Peter Sandor: CEO, Fearless
  • Phil Richards: Director, Phil Richards
  • Rhondalynn Korolak: Founder/Managing Director, Businest Pty Ltd.
  • Rohit Bhargava: CEO
  • Ryan Tietjens: Co-founder, Interactive Accounting
  • Sally Gatenby: Director, Larkspur Communications
  • Sam Lee: CEO, Bitcoin Group
  • Scott Julian: CEO,
  • Sebastian von Conrad: Solutions Lead, Envato
  • Steve Glaveski: CEO and Co-Founder, Collective Campus
  • Taylor Tran: Founder & CEO, INNOVATION MELBOURNE
  • Tom Le Grice: General Manager Melbourne, Slingshot Accelerator

  • And many more to be announced. 

In only 8 years of operation, over 2,300 graduate companies across 170 cities have used the Founder Institute to validate their idea, develop their plans, refine their product, build an advisory board, prepare for seed funding, and more.  

                                  We hope you will join us in Melbourne and launch a company in 2014.

Melbourne Founder Institute Early Applications Due Sunday

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