Startup Summer

RCL Sponsored Entrepreneur Program

QUT Starters and River City Labs are partnering for the first time to launch Startup Summer, a program aimed to accelerate students' startups over the course of summers!

Why Startup Summer, your ask? Well, because summers are the best time for you to work on the cool idea you've been wanting to kick off the ground. 

We are offering entrepreneurs the opportunity to apply for a sponsored membership for their Startup within Brisbane's premiere co-working community. The offer includes full-time desk membership, structured mentoring and publicity for the Startup for 3 months, fully sponsored. 


2016 Intake #1 Program Dates: 

Applications Open: 11th Aug 2016
Applications Close: 1st Oct 2016 @ 11:59pm
Interviews/Pitches : TBA
Final 5 Entrepreneurs announced: 31st Oct
Residency Dates: Monday 21st of Nov 2016 - Friday 27th Feb 2017


Key Criteria for the applicants:

  1. Entrepreneurs can apply an individual or as a member of a Startup team. 
  2. Entrepreneur must have proof they have started working on their idea/ business via a current prototype, website, operating business.
  3. Application is open to all Entrepreneurs of all ages, gender, background and experience.
  4. Current and past members of River City Labs are able to apply.
  5. Entrepreneurs must be available to commit to work on their business at least part time (minimum 5 days per week for the 3 month period) to be available to develop the business further.
  6. Entrepreneurs must be willing to share challenges, problems, and hurdles with the River City Labs community to access help from Startup peers and mentors.
  7. Applicants must be willing to share their Startup journey, story and personal business profile with River City Labs program representative and Sponsor representative for publicity and marketing purposes.
  8. No Non-Disclosure Agreements will be signed as part of this program.

What are we looking for?

We understand that renting a desk in the early stages of starting out is not financially viable for everyone. We want to make this possible for those who really need it and see value in working alongside like minded people while having access to quality mentors. We're keeping our eye out for founders who are 100% committed and want to give their Startup the best chance to develop and succeed.