Atlassian backed tech accelerator Startmate is calling for applicants for its women-only fellowship run across Australia and New Zealand.
The program offers up to 100 women a chance to find a role in leading local startups through mentorship, networking and practical skill building.
Startmate says half of the recent Fellow alumni have secured roles at local startups.
“Whether it’s tackling imposter syndrome or discovering where your skill set lies, the Fellowship is designed to enable you to articulate your value in a new industry,” said Startmate’s Head of the Fellowship, Sophia Witherington.
“We’re on a mission to transform the face of tech and startups across Australia and New Zealand, and the Fellowship is our way of supercharging that goal.”
Startmate was created by Blackbird Ventures founder Niki Scevak and Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar in 2010 to accelerate local startups, offering support and funding in exchange for an equity stake.
Over the past decade, the accelerator has invested in over 130 startups with a collective portfolio value of $1 billion.
Startmate’s women-only Fellowship
The women only fellowship is run twice a year, currently virtually due to COVID-19.
Mentors come from companies including Atlassian, Canva, Zip, Blackbird, Square Peg, and SafetyCulture, offering participants 1:1 coaching, access to ‘ask me anything’ sessions, and optional internships.
Startmate says applications have steadily increased with each cohort, the latest seeing an 87 per cent increase in applications with more than 600 women applying for 100 positions.
Fellowship alumni Assem Ongarbayeva completed the Spring 2020 program last November, after working at AGL for the past seven years. The program helped Ongarbayeva secure new roles at clean energy startups UPowr and Amber Electric.
“Coming from a corporate background and knowing only a handful of people in the startup world before the Fellowship, the connections have been invaluable for me. Even the most impressive people can have moments of doubt and uncertainty. It was eye-opening to have honest and candid conversations about work and life,” said Ongarbayeva.
“I’m mentally and physically healthier than when I was in my corporate role, and am excited about the potential to grow and make an impact at the same time.”