THE VALIDATOR

DO YOU HAVE A STARTUP IDEA BUT DON’T KNOW WHERE TO TAKE IT? 
LAUNCH INTO THE VALIDATOR

A FIVE-WEEK JOURNEY TO LEARN THE BASICS OF ENTREPRENEURIAL STRATEGY AND TEST THE QUALITY OF YOUR STARTUP IDEA.

The Validator is a 5-week program which enables you to work towards launching and validating your enterprise idea. We’ll teach you the basics of entrepreneurship, allowing you to launch your idea or further develop your side project into a sustainable business. You need to be able to commit to five afternoons (3pm – 6pm) with the Generator team at Monash’s Clayton Campus and be committed to launching your idea and getting out of your comfort zone to put your idea to the test.

Each week you will be guided by our facilitators, who consist of successful founders, who will support you to go out and talk to customers, test your idea on the market, receive feedback and guidance and be able to confidently communicate your business idea.

You’ll also have the opportunity to work out of the Generator’s co-working space with your team and be in the company of startups further down the track.At the end of five weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to pitch your business to an audience at a final pitch night and have the confidence and know-how to decide how to take your startup to the next level.

PROGRAM

Week 1

Introduction. Philosophies. What makes a good startup idea?

Week 2

Recap. Launching and testing your idea.

Week 3

Team updates. Getting your idea to market. Pitching.

Week 4

How to find a co-founder. Progress and pitches

Week 5

Final check-in. Pitch practice. Pitch night (in front of audience).

THE VALIDATOR PROGRAM IS FOR YOU, IF YOU …

  •  Are an individual or team with an idea and the hunger to go on the startup journey to make it a reality.
  • Anywhere from ideation stage (have an idea, not sure where to take it) to prototype and early customers.
  • Wanting help from an experienced network of mentors and peers to make your vision a reality.
  • Are a Monash student, staff member or Alumni, or one of your team members is.

2018 PROGRAM DATES

Validator 1.0 - March 14th to April 11th - applications open Feb

Validator 2.0 - May 2nd to May 30th - applications open March

Validator 3.0 - July 19th to August 16th - applications open May

Validator 4.0 - September 13th to October 11th - applications open July

VALIDATOR 2.0 - KEY DATES

Tuesday March 27th Applications open
Sunday 22nd April, 11.59pm Applications Close
Wednesday 2nd May Program start date - Week 1
Wednesday 9th May Week 2
Wednesday 16th May Week 3
Wednesday 23rd of May Week 4
Wednesday 30th of May Week 5 – Final Pitch Night

HOW TO APPLY

 Click the 'Apply Now' below to provide some information about you, your teammates and your idea.

Applications are now open

FAQS

My team missed out on a place…

Don’t worry, we’re committed to helping everyone with the passion and tenacity to get involved. The Validator program runs twice per semester so your opportunity to participate may be just round the corner. Sign up to the mailing list to get up to date info on future opportunities.

I/my team can’t attend all the sessions…

In our experience the value derived from the cohort effect of learning alongside peers is vital to progressing your startup idea. This is why we expect participants to attend all sessions. In addition, prepare to spend time each week on independent learning from materials we provide and time working on your idea.

If you cannot commit at this stage, don’t worry, there will be repeated programs in future (see above for 2018 program dates). In the meantime, sign up to our mailing list to receive up to date tips and tricks on how to progress your idea.

Does my entire team need to attend?

This program is all about shaping your idea to become startup ready, so all relevant team members should attend. At the bare minimum, one (1) team member must be present at each session to then update the rest of the team. However because of the value of the cohort effect we strongly advise prioritising sessions for all team members.

Do I have to do work on this outside of the program times?

The Validator is about working on your startup idea and taking on the challenge of the embarking upon the journey. As the saying goes, you only get out what you put in and this is true in entrepreneurship. If you don’t feel you can commit the time and energy it takes to participate fully in the program then you may not be ready to launch your idea yet. We understand you may have coursework and other responsibilities and suggest keeping in touch by joining the mailing list. Keep an eye out for other ways to engage.

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CONTACT US

7 Innovation Walk (AG03), Clayton VIC 3145

E: entrepreneurship@monash.edu