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The proven playbook for getting your startup off the ground: course, coaching, tools, and community. 

NEW FOUNDERS – Your entrepreneurial future starts and grows here!

Developed by Fishburners and the UTS Business School this program provides new founders with the essentials to get their business off the ground with a bespoke 12-week online and face-to-face course, and if you choose, a desk and membership at Australia’s best startup community;  Fishburners where startups thrive. 

If you relate to 3 of these statements then this life-changing program is for you!

  • You are a first-time founder
  • You have a great set of skills but not in all areas
  • You are lacking some fundamental business knowledge
  • You have an idea/prototype but you are not getting the results you were looking for
  • You have a great set of skills but not in all areas 
  • You are unsure about how to proceed, where to start, and what to focus on
  • You are lacking the confidence to take the next step
  • You feel overwhelmed or like an impostor among all those ‘successful entrepreneurs’
  • You are not talking to customers every single week
  • You learn better through accountability and in a group

What does the program experience look like?

A desk and membership in the Sydney CBD with Australia's best startup community Fishburners
A highly successful coach to guide you and be accountable to with up to 53 hours of face-to-face support through one-on-one coaching sessions and weekly group masterminds
Course content selected to meet your needs. Choose 6 core modules from 18 such as the Lean Startup Methodology, Understanding Your Users, Pitching, IP Principles, Social Entrepreneurship, Product Market Fit or Start-up Finance
Forming entrepreneurial habits and mindset such as reflections and regularly talking to your customers to establish a sustainable business
Direct application of your learning to your business through the achievement of key business outcomes for your business reviewed by your facilitator such as: idea validation, elevator pitch, business registration, pitch deck, cash flow analysis, design thinking, value proposition and customer journey
The confidence and tools to go it alone
The support and camaraderie of a group of like-minded people
A set of skills and qualifications to support you whether or not you decide to pursue your startup career

Why founders love us

Dr Julien Marchand your coach

  • Julien Marchand is a three-time founder in software development and consulting services.
  • After 10 years in corporate as an innovation consultant, Julien started a sustainable mobile apps company to have more flexibility to be with his kids … After running it for 2 years he lost $60,000 to learn the hard way lessons about starting and growing a business with a team of 5!
  • Later on, Julien interviewed +100 successful entrepreneurs for 5 years to understand how one becomes entrepreneurs, with the goal to design adapted and supportive programs for early-stage entrepreneurs. You can access his PhD thesis.
  • For 8+ years Julien has been designing, facilitating and now coaching such hands-on and practical entrepreneurial courses for post-graduate students. At the UTS Business School he teaches in the MBA in Entrepreneurship and Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (Honours).
  • Julien also runs his own online courses and coaching practice to help dads/early-stage entrepreneurs futureproof their business in harmony with their family.

Why Fishburners

Fishburners is a Not for profit dedicated to fostering and building successful startups.  

We do this by providing the best facilities, resources, tools, support, connections and community of like minded people so that new and established founders and their teams can thrive.

Fishburners along with its partners recognises the critical role a vibrant and healthy startup community plays in generating  the jobs of today and tomorrow and for creating the innovative products and services needed to sustain a robust economy.


We are incredibly excited to be working with the UTS Business School to bring this program to aspiring entrepreneurs as we know that  staying relevant, engaged and productive is essential to  future proofing your job, your career and your business. You will have the possibility to get accredited with up to 6 credit points towards the  UTS Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship (MBAe). The MBAe is the UTS flagship entrepreneurship course, lead by Associate Professor Jochen Schweitzer. It is a unique one- or two-year intensive MBA designed for entrepreneurs and innovators. 

What’s involved in participating

Step 1

Participate in the 2-hour induction workshop before the course starts

Step 2

Dedicate 100 hours to complete your selected modules and  develop the related business outcomes for your business in an online portfolio

Step 3

Engage in at least 50% of the weekly 2-hour masterminds to share your progress (face to face or via zoom). 

Step 4

Celebrate your peers’ wins and support them to overcome their obstacles

Submit your Future Up report at the end to validate your accreditation

Introductory Pricing

Only 10 spaces available!

Option 1



for 3 months

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All inclusive membership

Community desk

Future Up program

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one off - program only

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program only

Fishburners members only

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New Founders – the proven playbook for getting your startup off the ground: course, coaching, tools, and community.

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