These are great for anyone wanting insight into the entrepreneurial world. It’s a melting pot of ideas, skills and always a lot of fun! You will often be given a particular theme such as sustainability or tech education. You’ll get to hear from speakers, get some mentoring, put together a lean canvas and pitch.
Tip: Be well rested! Hackathons are fast-paced and you’ll find yourself getting swept up in problem-solving. Teamwork is vital.
Bootcamps can take all shapes and forms and borrow from other programs. They can be as specific of generalist as they like.
Tip: Usually you pay to attend, so make sure to do your research on the program and make sure it’s right for you.
Accelerators and Incubators
Sometimes these words are used interchangeably and sometimes they are used falsely.
Traditionally an incubator program is less-structured and provides you with desk space, workshops and can last for an indefinite time. Think of it like an entrepreneurship-in-residence. Accelerators are serious full-time schedule where you will go through a structured program and usually end with pitching to investors.
Tip: Programs can be highly competitive. Not all accelerators or incubators are created equal so be clear about what the arrangement expects of you and what your goals are.
LIST OF PROGRAMS
http://monashseed.org/incubator/ (Monash students only)
www.fya.org.au (under 30’s only)
https://startupvictoria.com.au/ (includes list of investors/financing)