THE 12 WEEK PROGRAM THAT LETS YOU DEVELOP A BUSINESS IDEA AND GET ACADEMIC CREDIT TOWARDS YOUR UNIVERSITY DEGREE

The Ultimate Student Experience™ —

At Bloom, we believe that young people are deserving of the support and encouragement needed to fully develop their entrepreneurial skills for the benefit of the wider community. We want to empower you with the right mindset and skillset to make that difference you want to see in the world.
If you want people to become passionate, engaged in a field, transformed by an experience  create an environment where willing, caring individuals can find an experience that changes them.
The Hon Dr Elizabeth Constable
Chair of St Catherine's Board

How Launchpad's Different

Our Learning Model

Combining Best Insight

We’ve learnt a lot launching over 100 young entrepreneurs into the world, equally using the experience of our mentors.

Learn By Doing

This unit is not just about memorising content for exams, in fact there are no exams or grades. Just you executing on your business.

Personal Coaching

With one coach for every ten students, we're able to pay attention to our students and the work they create.

Launchpad students learn...

The Launchpad program integrates core topics including...

Decision-making
Operating under ambiguity
Understanding opportunities
Risk-taking
Critical thinking
Storytelling
Marketing
Strategy
Driving Innovation
Securing buy-in
Management
Making change happen

Charlotte Pennell

Founder, Mother & Bride
I didn't think I'd be able to balance uni commitments and a startup but thanks to Bloom, I did.  Because of the guidance I received in Launchpad, I was able to take my idea and turn it into a business that has several event bookings and real customers giving me real money - all within 12 weeks!

I'd 100% recommend it to other students!

Elizabeth Knight

Founder, The Purpose Project
I've always had this idea in my head but never had the belief in myself I could actually build it while being young.

Being surrounded and supported by people who are so compassionate and knowledgable, I now have the confidence in myself to make it a reality!

George Brown

Founder, EnviroVend
Given I want to pursue a startup, every aspect of the program was super beneficial. I really enjoyed having access to incredible mentors who were able to share their challenges and respective journeys with us.

It was so valuable not just learning but putting everything into practice!

Anna Lee

Founder, Food For Thought
Without the support I received, I would never have gotten the courage to start.

I would 110% recommend this program to other students. Be they interested in businesses or just want to learn more about start-ups, I think this unit is the right mixture of theory and practical components.

Kishaini Baskararao

Founder, I Can & I Will
This unit taught me to think in a lot more depth than I have ever done before. I Can & I Will was never built to make money but over time I realised to sustainably offer the service, we needed to implement some sort of revenue. I've learnt so much, particularly around business metrics, models and strategies to optimise my social impact.

Experienced

Badass Mentors

We have a wide-range of industry and domain experts on-hand to teach hands-on workshops to help build your business.
Graeme Sheard
Partner, KPMG
Ruth Hatherley
CEO, MoneyCatcha
Jasmin Ward
COO, Cribber
Mike Edmonds
Chairman, Meerkats
Heaps More...
(Seriously)

The Relationships You Create Here Last A Lifetime

We curate a class of like-minded people who will push you and hold you accountable.
You don’t need any special knowledge or business background to participate. You’ll push yourself in ways you’ve never thought possible. And you’ll do so alongside a cohort of brilliant, motivated change-makers who will challenge and inspire you to do your best work.
Brady Flockart
Head of Community at Bloom

Launchpad By Numbers

The Wins

When we say it's more than just you learning theory in a classroom... we mean it.
Pass Rate
For Students
Largest Revenue
Launch of Product
Gone Global
Silicon Valley
100% Would Recommend
Based on 2019 Cohort

What have other students asked?

Do I need a startup idea to participate?

Nope! If you have an idea already that would be great! But if you don't, that's okay. We can team you up with other students whose ideas you are interested in, and we will be hosting some brainstorming sessions early 2019 to help you discover opportunities in the world that you resonate with and are driven to solve. Due to the limited spaces, priority will go to students who come with a basic idea.

How is my mark graded / what assessments do I have to do?

The unit is pass or fail, which means lucky for you, it’s not going to affect your GPA. To pass, you have to complete a series of weekly reflections tracking your progress, validate your idea and pitch it at the end of the program to the Bloom community.

What kinds of things will I be learning / doing?

Students will initially be given a high level overview of the Lean Canvas tool then apply the tool to their business. Students will explore a new element of the canvas, developing and refining their business idea.The workshops will be highly interactive with students applying the learnings to their own start up business idea.

Some of the areas you will focus on for your business are: (1) Problem (2) Customer Segments (3) Unique Value Proposition (4) Solution (5) Unfair Advantage (6) Market Validation (7) Revenue Streams (8) Cost Structure (9) Key Metrics (10) Channels (11) Preparing to Pitch (12) Pitching to potential investors & supporters.

Where is Launchpad run?

The Bloom Lab is based at St Catherine's College which is just across the road from UWA. We run the Launchpad classes here, sometimes we will be venturing off-campus to other innovation spaces, but for the most part class will be at Bloom.

What if I change my idea halfway through the program?

The main focus of Launchpad is to help you to test your bright ideas, so don’t worry - you will have lots of opportunities to figure out if you like your idea or not in the first few weeks!

What sort of startups have participated in Launchpad in the past?

We have had 20 startups participate in Launchpad in it's pilot program. Some participants have started out in Launchpad with a very simple idea, and taken it all the way to Silicon Valley and across the world.

Which universities can participate?

If you are at any of the Western Australian universities you can apply.

Once your application has been approved by Bloom, your university will be in touch with your regarding enrolment. It is recommended that you have capacity for an elective or practicum unit in your degree.

Does Bloom or my university take equity in my idea?

Nope! All Intellectual Property developed in the program stays your own.
We want you to be as motivated as you can be to take this seriously and kick butt!

Can non-student's participate?

Here at Bloom, we want to empower all young people to change the world for the better through entrepreneurship. If you're under the age of 29 and want to participate in Launchpad - without receiving academic credit, email us at hello@bloom.org.au and we'll make something work.

Does this unit fulfil broadening requirements?

Yes. Most of the time.

How much of a time commitment is this program?

Similar hours to what's recommended for your other academic units, 12 hours per week. 3 of those hours are a compulsory weekly time slot - where the Launchpad cohort participates in an intimate presentation, given by a startup expert on a different aspect of business building, before we get stuck into hands-on group work! The rest of the time you'll have access to the Bloom Lab, where you can work alongside other young founders for ongoing support and guidance while building out your startup.

How do I enrol in the program as a unit?

Bloom Startup Launchpad is selective. There are three steps to applying to the program:

1. Submit registration form
If you are
interested in joining the Bloom Startup Launchpad program in Semester 2 2019 you should register your interest on this page, below. This will ensure that you receive further info and prompts about the program.

2. Enrol in a Business Practicum unit (For UWA Students)
Students participating in Bloom Startup Launchpad will enrol in a Business Practicum unit, either WILG2201 (Undergraduate) or BUSN5505 (Postgraduate). Prerequisites for these units will be waived where possible. Students should enrol in the Business Practicum unit prior to being accepted into Bloom Startup Launchpad.

3. Submit written application
Students will need to submit a written application to be accepted into Bloom Startup Launchpad. This application will be sent to students who have registered interest in the program and will need to be completed prior to Week 1. The form will include questions about your enrolment, proposed idea, and rationale for applying and selection into the program.

What if I'm not good enough?

We're people, people. Please don't think that you're not good enough to apply. We really believe in empowering more people our age to go on this journey. We'd love to help you grow individually and be there for every win to celebrate but all the bumps to help get you back on your feet.

Limited spots...

Apply Now

Bloom exists to support young West Australians who have a deep desire to make an impact through entrepreneurial pursuits. We want you!
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- Bloom Team
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If you have questions, drop us a line at jasmin@bloom.org.au

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