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Founder Matching: Supercharging tomorrow’s startups

We know team is the most important aspect of a startup. Successful startups all start with a strong and diverse team. But this can be really hard to find.

OUR SOLUTION

 
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BUILD GREAT TEAMS FROM SCRATCH OR

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FILL SKILLS GAPS WITHIN EXISTING TEAMS BY

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GETTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE WITH THE RIGHT SKILLS TOGETHER

 

OUR PHILOSOPHY

 
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GREAT TECHNOLOGISTS

 
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COMMERCIAL CHOPS

 
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WORLD DOMINATION

 

How to get in the game

If you fit any of the categories below, we want to speak to you! Who knows? You could find yourself at the helm of the next agrifoodtech unicorn.

TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH SKILLS

We’re providing free half-day workshops for technologists (honours, PhD or academic) with great ideas but who don’t know the first thing about becoming a startup.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT Learn the basics of Lean Startup Methodology, meet like-minded people and fine-tune your idea.

WHAT YOU’LL GAIN A clear set of next steps to take if a startup is right for you and your technology.

 

Check out our Events page to see if there’s a workshop coming up in your area!! Also, leave us an Expression of interest and we’ll get in touch!

COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS BUILDING SKILLS

We’re looking for curious, passionate and experienced commercial people looking to make their mark on the world. You will be…

 
 

A seasoned executive who has always harboured a desire to launch their own venture

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A serial tech entrepreneur looking for a truly ‘meaty’ problem to solve

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Completing your MBA from a top university, ready to forge your own destiny

 

If this sounds like you, leave us an Expression of interest and we’ll get in touch!

…And then what?

And then, the magic happens.

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What to expect at a founder matching mixer: 30-second pitches, speed dating, LOTS of networking and sparks flying!

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We are ramping up to provide our potential founders with plenty of opportunities to catch up, network and hatch ideas with one another. Here’s a few currently in motion:

FOUNDER MATCHING MIXERS

Over the course of the year we’ll be hosting several Founder Matching Mixers. These are invite-only events, which will be attended by technologists and commercial people we have spoken to and vetted, who we feel could really kickstart the next generation of deeptech startups. The first mixer took place on the 9th of April 2019 and resulted over 100 connections and conversations.

MEETUPS

We are supporting a national network of meetup groups along particular verticals to get both commercial and technical people in one room and the right kinds of conversations kicking off. We have kicked off a Synthetic Biology meetup called SynBioSyd in partnership with BlackBird Ventures and CSIRO and there’ll be more to come!

MONTHLY BUZZ

As the home of deeptech in Australia, Cicada opens its doors once a month to allow the ecosystem to come together, eat, drink, be merry and network in our iconic atrium space. It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and integrate yourself into the deeptech community.

To look for potential events where you can catch up with your fellow founder matching participants, check out our Events page!

The Founder Matching Playbook

Bemoaning the fact that you live interstate or overseas and cannot attend our Founder Matching events?

Don’t fret.

We are in the process of creating a Founder Matching Playbook, which we will give you a step by step guide on how to set this up in your state or area. We don’t want to hold on to our secrets - we want to deeptech ecosystems to flourish across Australia and beyond and if this will help achieve that, we are only too happy to help!

Interested? Reach out to us and tell us about yourself!