Founders 10x is our 10-week flagship accelerator tailored for founders who are ready to fast-track their scalable startup and explore global opportunities. 

With the current social distancing restrictions in place, Founders 10x will be delivered 100% online.


Want to access support for your startup now? 

Coach & Connect, now delivered exclusively online, links people who have an innovative idea, or an existing business, with an experienced startup coach to accelerate and amplify success. Coach & Connect can be accessed by attending a UNSW Founders Information Session. This session will introduce you to the programs and services offered by UNSW Founders, including Coach & Connect. 

Register here.  

Founders 10x is our flagship industry agnostic accelerator, tailored for high-potential startups who are founded by current UNSW students, staff or alumni. We run one program annually which comprises 10-weeks intensive programming followed by 6+ months incubation. We will be supporting seven industry agnostic startups in our next cohort, who will join six Health 10x startups in this comprehensive program. To find out more about the Health 10x program click here

If your startup is accepted, you’ll receive: 

  • $20k in funding with a SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity). 

  • 10 weeks of accelerated learning from industry and startup experts 

  • Weekly 1:1 Entrepreneur in Residence sessions 

  • Access to our network of mentors, investors and Founders Program alumni 

  • Insights into what it takes to build a globally competitive startup 

  • Co-working space during the program at UNSW (when restrictions are lifted) 

  • An additional 6+ months incubation after the 10-week program (when restrictions are lifted) 

  • An opportunity to pitch to investors and the startup ecosystem at an end of program event, Demo Night 

  • Established founders who want to become more resilient, learn how to build traction and how to scale.  

  • Founders who want to participate in a structured cohort-based program.  

  • Founders keen to access UNSW’s outstanding network of founders, alumni, subject matter experts and mentors.  

  • Founders keen to be part of a community of like-minded people 

  • Founders who are keen to understand more about succeeding globally 

  • If you are health innovation startup, check our tailored Health 10x program here

  •  You’re a founder currently working fulltime on your startup 

  •  Your startup has at least one co-founder who is a UNSW student, staff or alumni 

  •  You have a proof of concept, prototype or MVP 

  •  You’ve got some market validation through customer take up or engagement 

  •  You can commit to participating in the program for the full 10-weeks (approx 10 hours of workshops, mentoring and collaborative activities per week) 

  • You have an Australian registered company (Pty Ltd) 

  • You’re prepared to sign the Founders Pledge to give back to the UNSW entrepreneurship community.  

Each week comprises approximately 10 hours of programming time which includes: 

  • Workshops and panel sessions on topics specific to help you scale your startup 

  • Cohort accountability sessions 

  • Professional services office hours 

  • Peer learning 

  • 1:1 EIR session 

  • Sessions to support founder wellbeing 

  • Applications close 7 June 2020 
  • Successful startups notified 22 July 2020 

  • Pre-program kick off 12-14 August 2020 TBC 

  • Program starts 17 August 2020 

  • Program concludes 23 October 2020 

  • Demo Night 4 November 2020 (TBC)