Apply to be a Mentor at our
Student Startup Landing Pad

What is it?

The Student Startup Landing Pad is a new initiative delivered by the Gold Coast Innovation Hub workspace, powered by Startup Apprentice and co-funded with the support of Study Gold Coast’s Vision 2020 fund.

The project will provide young innovators with the space, resources and support to continue working on their business ideas after participation in school and university led programs or competitions such as the Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards and Startup Weekends.

The Gold Coast Innovation Hub was launched in 2017 and is located at 36 Laver Drive, Robina.

The Innovation Hub launched with the support of the Queensland Government, City of Gold Coast and over 20 corporate partners committed to driving a new digital economy on the Gold Coast. At the centre of the hub is a purpose built three story work and event space designed by innovators, for innovators, where startups and scale-ups can connect, collaborate, grow, raise investment and expand into global markets. Home to around 200 innovators, this is the ideal location for student teams progress and commercialise their projects.

What is a Student Mentor?

Our mentors are young people that are currently undertaking tertiary education that provide support and encouragement to the student entrepreneurs participating in the Student Startup Landing Pad.

As a student mentor you should have:

  • A strong interest in business, technology and marketing;
  • Great leadership skills;
  • A #Givefirst attitude;
  • A desire to become part of the Gold Coast Innovation and Startup Ecosystem.

Mentors are paired with a student team that they will support by providing advice, assistance and encouragement and will in turn become an affiliate member of the Gold Coast Innovation Hub, having access to the programs and services offered there for business owners.

Mentor Benefits

Mentors are rewarded for their efforts with the following benefits:

  • Free residency in the student landing pad for a school term;
  • Introductions to networks of investors, mentors and strategic partners;
  • Access to a community that supports young entrepreneurs;
  • Business advice and access to services to help young innovators to grow their business.

Positioned in the heart of the Innovation Hub the landing pad will also allow opportunities for student mentors to interact and converse with dozens of digital and technology based businesses that utilise the workspace.

Application Process

The second intake of students and mentors starts Wednesday 23rd April 2019 running through until Wednesday 26th June 2019.

Between 3pm-6pm every Wednesday, you (and your cohort team) will be working out of the Gold Coast Innovation Hub located at 36 Laver Drive, Robina. During this time you will be able to get specific help you need on your business.

Applications Close: Friday 12th April

We will announce the successful applicants into the second cohort by Wednesday 17th April.

If you don’t make this cohort you will be invited to roll over your application for the next cohort in Term 3.

Good luck, we’re so excited to be sharing the next part of your business building journey with you.

Any questions, please get in touch here.

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