Startup Sprint - Wade Institute

Startup Sprint

A fun weekend bootcamp to test the entrepreneurial waters!

Roll up your sleeves and get a taste for the fundamental steps of building a startup. Learn how to validate your business ideas and meet inspiring experts, mentors and like-minded entrepreneurs-to-be in a supportive and fast-paced environment. This is also a great insight into the University of Melbourne’s Master of Entrepreneurship program delivered at Wade Institute.

Apply now for 2021 intakes (TBA).
There’s just one step – please complete our application form. We’ll contact you once we’ve confirmed our 2021 offering.

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Receive guidance, support and feedback from mentors and fellow entrepreneurs.

Learn design thinking principles to encourage empathy and creativity to address problems.

Develop tools to manage teams and how to work with a diverse group of people.

Connect into a network of people who are just as driven as you are to turn ideas into action.

Gain a practical toolkit to validate and test your ideas so you can better judge when to pursue an idea and when to let it go.

Fundamentals of pitching, preparation and delivery.

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Past participants

Sarah & Ting, Co-founders of m-Time

In 2015, Sarah was on track to study Law and Ting was completing her PhD in Neurobiology. Both had a hunger for ambitious challenges and wanted to see how far they could take the ideas they would play around with in their minds.

They met at our first weekend startup bootcamp, 3DS, and together they co-founded m-Time – concierge service for busy parents.

“When I heard Ting pitch it, I asked her a bunch of questions about it…and people thought I was having a go at her! But I just thought it was such a cool idea,” says Sarah.

Since then, they’ve turned the idea and weekend momentum into a growing business with staff, customers and recurring revenue.


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What if I can’t stay for the entire weekend?

This is an intensive, full-throttle weekend. To get the most out of it, you really need to be there for the entire weekend. 

Can I sleepover at Wade for the weekend?

We may have limited on-site accommodation for interstate participants. For everyone else, you’ll be expected to go home at the end of each night.

Do I need a specific idea?

Coming in with an idea is great! But we also undertake an ideation exercise on day 1 to help you generate ideas, so there’s plenty of opportunity to get involved. All ideas are voted on at the end of day 1 and not all make the cut, so don’t get too hung up on it. It’s about the startup process, not any one idea.

Is the info session prior to the weekend, mandatory?

All participants are expected to attend. It will help you set yourself up for a successful weekend. 

What’s the selection process?

We assess all applications equally and aim to select a wide range of participants across different ages, industries and experience levels. Diversity makes for a richer experience, so everyone has a great chance of being selected. Don’t overthink it – throw your hat in the ring and give it a go!

Can I bring in my own team?

Your team is welcome to apply, but we can’t guarantee entry.

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