Gold Coast startup founders getting invaluable knowledge at the Hub

The Startup Onramp program is in full speed on the Gold Coast with out first cohort of founders.
9 weeks of invaluable content has been delivered already with 3 more weeks to go!

Startup Onramp is a training and mentoring program for first-time startup founders, launched in Brisbane by experienced startup mentor and investor Colin Kinner. It gives new and aspiring entrepreneurs the skills and guidance they need to launch a globally scalable startup. Colin defines the program’s core mission as helping people make the transition from employee to entrepreneur, and to give them a solid grounding in how to start a successful tech company. Recognising that potential Gold Coast founders would hugely benefit from learnings and support like this the Gold Coast Innovation Hub has brought Stratup Onramp to the Gold Coast.

Each week our participants have been diving deep in the startup world learning everything from basics of what a startup is to legals and capital raising.
Our cohort have had an incredible opportunity to learn from the Gold Coast leading innovators who have presented as guest speakers and gave us their vision of each topic and how they have applied it in their successful startups.

Danny Maher the Chairman of Opmantek and the Gold Coast Innovation Hub shared his insights on the commersialisation of innovation and his view on evolution of the business consisting of 5 parts: The Dreaming, Existing, Validation of your existence, Living, Mastery and Re-invention.

Sharon Hunneybell, the CEO of the Gold Coast Innovation Hub, has taken us through on her understanding on what differentiates a successful startup from a failure.

For the week of value proposition and branding Vincent Fletcher, the CEO of CartonCloud, has taken us through his entrepreneurship story.

“As an investor I expect startup founders to have a solid grasp of the basics. The Startup Onramp program provides that and a whole lot more, and it’s delivered by people who really know their stuff.”
— Steve Baxter, Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, investor and shark on Channel Ten’s Shark Tank

For the weeks of customer validation we had Meryl Johnson from Bean Ninjas sharing her journey and Ian Sampson from BragTag shared how his 17-year old son came up with a startup idea that stemmed from his passion for fishing and how it then took them to Hong Kong.

We also went through PR with Sean Braybrook from Business Leaders and legals with Fred Darby from McLaughlins Lawyers.

Two of our lovely participants Amelia Quinlan and Sarah Berry also had the opportunity to pitch their businesses –  an employment platform, HR Base, and the travel app, Pulse, in front of investors for the Women In Tech Festival Pitch Night hosted at the Gold Coast Innovation Hub.

If you would like to be involved in the next cohort applications will be open from December with a start in February 2019! Please send your enquiry to

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Stay up to date, subscribe to our Newsletter

The Gold Coast Innovation Hub © 2021
All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy.

Click the button below to subscribe to our newsletter and hear about upcoming events!

15 Lake Street, Ground Floor
Varsity Lakes QLD 4227
Mon to Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm