River City Labs Founder Steve Baxter to guest speak at Startup Onramp.

After working with hundreds of startup founders over the past decade, the author of StartupAUS Crossroads report has launched a program to help new tech founders avoid some of the most common mistakes and pitfalls made by early-stage startups.

Startup Onramp founder Colin Kinner, who received $25,000 in grant funding from Advance Queensland’s Startup Events and Activities Fund in March, has developed the 12-week startup program to help very early-stage startup founders in Australia gain the foundational skills and confidence to build ambitious ventures.

“We’re deliberately accepting only people that are building globally-focused, scalable tech companies,” Kinner tells StartupSmart.

The program’s first cohort will commence the program on May 16 at River City Labs, Brisbane, and Kinner is planning to replicate the program across Australia’s major cities and regional centres with the aim to graduate 1000 founders by 2019.

Fifteen first-time founders will be taken through a structured course of the entrepreneurial journey with lessons on evaluating startup ideas, finance, legal and marketing basics, and customer and product development, as well raising capital.

In addition to workshops, participants in the Brisbane program will receive support from Startup Onramp’s co-facilitator Peter Laurie and hear from guest speakers, including Shark Tank investor Steve Baxter and Blue Sky Venture Capital’s Dr Elaine Stead.

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