SPP#45 Look out for University accelerator programs, they are the greatest support - Joseph Kekulawela

SPP45

Meet this week’s awesome studentpreneur: Joseph Kekulawela, 28 y.o.,  Master student in Psychiatry at Melbourne University and  his co-founder Aksha Akin from FirstStep in Melbourne, Australia.

Joseph and his co-founders realised that 87% of young Australians don’t own share whereas the Australian market has been returning 8% on average. They created FirstStep to allow teenagers and young adults to save their virtual loose change and invest it directly on the stock market for hopefully a return of 6/7%.

Quotes:

  • Look out for University accelerator programs, they are the greatest support.

  • We learned from the other teams at the accelerator programs.

  • Balance: you need to be very focused and conscious of what needs to be done (prioritisation).

  • University students volunteers can be used as a free sales force.

Sydney Incubate program, the greatest support:

  • 14-week program.

  • A total of 48 startups over 6 classes.

  • Access to mentors.

  • Learning from workshops: user testing days, very useful.

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Tools:

  •  Slack

  • Trello

  • Google Hangouts

U2U (Uni to support you):

  • Get industry leaders to come to speak and promote the entrepreneurial mindset.

  • Mentoring opportunity, having workshops about startups.

Links:

email:  hello@getfirststep.com

Twitter:   @getfirststep

Website: GetFirststep.com

Facebook Page

Sydney Incubate

 

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