2018 Start Leading

An investment in yourself is an investment in your business

We’re excited to open applications for our new tailored leadership development program for start-up founders, first hires and managers – Start Leading. Apply now

Start leading program

This program is open to:

  • Start-up founders (you own the business and employ between one and ten people)
  • First hires and managers of start-ups (one of a start-up’s first five employees taken on by the founder)

Start Leading is a focused leadership development intensive for 25 start-up founders. This innovative program aims to shape participants into leaders for the long haul - for themselves, their current and future projects and for the wider community. The program is fully subsidised (no program fees payable by participants).

The program will include five intensive days (spread over a number of months), covering:

  • key leadership principles
  • the challenges facing start-ups, including sessions with key industry leaders
  • skills sessions
  • coaching and mentoring
  • space to put your learnings into practice between sessions

Applications for this unique leadership development experience are now open, and close 17 August.

Did you miss the deadline, but are interested in the program? Please call us to chat - 03 9651 6590. 

Program dates

*The below dates are compulsory elements of the Start Leading Program, with the exception of the launch.


Program Day / Activity

Thursday 2 August

Event No. 1 (not compulsory – before program commencement date)

Monday 22 October

Program Day 1

Thursday 8 November

Event No.2

Thursday November 22

Program Day 2

w/c Monday 10 December

Skills builder 1
(half-day only – date TBC)

w/c Monday 4 February 2019

Skills builder 2
(half-day only – date TBC)

Friday 22 February

Program Day 3

Wednesday 6 March

Event No. 3

Friday 22 March

Program Day 4

w/c Monday 1 April

Skills builder 3
(half-day only – date TBC)

Friday 24 May

Program Day 5 (final day)

Coaching and mentoring will run in parallel with the program. Timing of these sessions will be determined with participants at the start of the program. (Note, mentoring will continue post-program).

Skills builder sessions are shorter ‘how to’ sessions (up to half a day). Think deep-dives into more technical skills, such as presenting to investors, hiring staff, evaluation techniques (setting goals, tracking performance, impact measurement) and other leadership-related topics.

How To Apply:

  • Complete the online application form
  • Within the online application form, you need to submit either a:
    • 2-minute video (submitted as a YouTube or Vimeo link) OR
    • A 10-slide pitch-deck (attached as a .ppt or .pdf file)
  • Your video or pitch deck must answer the following two questions:
    • 1: What do you see as your main leadership challenge?
    • 2: What will you bring to the Start Leading program?
  • You also need to attach a letter of support from a professional referee or community leader

Note: You can start the form and save and resume as needed

Applications close 6.00pm, 17 August 2018


Free Public Events

In addition to the Start Leading intensive, public events will also be held for the broader start-up community. Anybody is welcome to attend.

Each event will focus on a key leadership theme.

With thanks to the program funder, LaunchVic, and supporters The Difference Incubator and Startup Victoria