Plus Eight Academy

Plus Eight Sprint

6-week startup pre-Accelerator.

We help get your startup ready for growth.

Plus Eight Sprint is a 6-week, part-time, pre-Accelerator program run out of Perth's leading technology and innovation hub, Spacecubed. It connects you with a community of successful mentors, investors and advisors to help you take your startup idea to the next level and provides the content and environment to grow your skills as a founder.

The next Plus Eight Sprint cohort commences

Saturday 16th March 2019.

The support to help your startup succeed.

Plus Eight Sprint is the fastest way to get startup fit. 

Plus Eight is a tailored made program for Australians founders, meaning that it's all action and no fluff. We followed four values when designing a the word-class Plus Eight Sprint experience.

Master mentorship

We've sourced the most experienced startup mentors, investors and advisors to guide you throughout Sprint. Each week new mentors will share their experience and wisdom, giving you the opportunity to learn from those that have been there and done it.

Always actionable

Everything we cover through Plus Eight Sprint can be directly applied to your business and will have a noticeable, positive impact regardless of where you are at in your journey.

Peer-based learning

We believe some of the best opportunities to grow as a founder is by learning from other startups going through a similar journey. Sprint provides lots of opportunities to connect and learn from other founders going through the program, and emphasises peer-based feedback and reflection.

Community & connection

It takes an entire village to raise a startup. We believe being part of a strong community of like-minded founders and advisors makes you a stronger entrepreneur and gives you the environment for your startup to succeed.

Perfect for startups looking to grow.

Startup Sprint is designed for founders and startups who have an existing idea or business that they want to take to the next level.

Whether you are pre-revenue, have existing funding or if you're just starting out, Plus Eight Sprint will help grow both your business and your skills as a founder.

We accept solo founders seeking a team and startup teams that are already formed.

The best, modern startup approaches.

We draw on the very best contemporary approaches to build sustainable technology businesses, straight from the innovation capitals of the world.

Google design sprint

Developing by Google, design sprints is a proven model to test, iterate and improve your product in collaboration with your customers.

Lean Startup

The foundation for many modern startups approaches, the Lean Startup is a critical part of any founder's toolkit.

Design thinking

Developed by Stanford and used by many of the worlds biggest brands, design thinking is an approach to developing products that your customers with love.

Challenge yourself and your startup.

Each 2-hour weekly Sprint sessions is divided into three sections: mentor presentations; working on your business; and weekly projects reviews.

1. Expert presentations from experienced mentors

Our experienced panel of mentors draw on real life examples and provide practical takeaways that you can apply to your business through a workshop-style, interactive presentation that focus on a founder skill area for that week.

2. Application of the content to your business

The majority of each Sprint session is spent working on your business around the weekly focus area with the support of mentors and other founders. This includes hands-on activities and is a great opportunity to get feedback, learn from others and immediately apply what the lessons to your startup idea.

3. Weekly projects to help push your business forward

Each week, you will be given a specific project to work on before the next Sprint session. These are always practical and aim to give your startup a step-change improvement. At the start of each Sprint session, founders share their progress and get feedback on the previous week project work.

RUNSHEET

The best 6-weeks you've ever invested in.

Over the 6-week Sprint program you will have the opportunity to focus on your business through a practical curriculum of topics critical to any successful founders . By the end of the program you'll have a stronger business and be a stronger founder.

Week & topic

What you'll work on

Week 1

How to build an enduring business

Business model development

  • Articulating your business model and how to make it sustainable
  • Developing your unique value proposition
  • Understanding the competitor landscape and how you plan on competing

Week 2

How to make a product your customers will love

Validation and customer testing

  • Using design thinking to deeply understand your customers needs, goals and motivations
  • Undertaking research to develop key insights on what will make customers love your product

Week 3

How to turn your idea into a reality

Product & prototyping

  • Defining design sprints to test your product proposition
  • Making your Minimum Lovable Product
  • Determining the right approach for developing your product

Week 4

How to make your startup into a rocketship

Growth & marketing

  • Finding your first customer and building a loyal customer base
  • Understanding pirate metrics and defining your growth marketing strategies
  • Selecting your digital marketing toolkit

Week 5

How to stay sane while changing the world

Team, mindset & legal

  • Structuring your team and advisors
  • Understanding company incorporation and shareholder agreements
  • Maintaining the right founder mindset
  • Ensuring you cross your t's and dot your i's (legal and IP)

Week 6

How to keep going up and to the right

Fundraising & pitching

  • Selecting the right fundraising approach, timing and strategy
  • Developing your pitch ready to share your startup with the world
The question we constantly ask ourselves is "would we be where we are now had we not done Plus Eight?" The answer is a resounding no. 

Plus Eight has enabled us to not only expedite our growth but the way we think about product development and our go to market strategy.

- Dave Newman, Founder and CEO @ Ovass
Plus Eight Accelerator Alumni

Next program

Limited spots available.
Secure your spot now.

Commencing:

16th March 2019

Tuesdays, 6pm - 8pm

FLUX

191 St Georges Tce
Perth WA 6000

$1298 per founder.
$998 per founder for startups of two or more.