StartupOnramp_web header with titleIt’s easy to come up with startup ideas, but much harder to actually quit your day job and start a company.

Startup Onramp program was created to give new and aspiring startup founders the knowledge, skills and connections they need to successfully get their startup through its first year.


A structured training program that equips first-time founders with the essential skills to launch and grow their startup.
Weekly one-to-one mentoring sessions plus access to a global network of startup founders, mentors and investors.

Whether you’re still at idea stage or have started something, by the end of the  program you’ll be ready to launch.  The program culminates in a pitch night at the end of the program at which all startups present.

It is expected that at the end of the program that participating founders will:

  • have defined their market offering;
  • have validated their ideas with the market and experts;
  • improve their start-up skills and understanding of the startup landscape;
  • develop a viable business model with revenue streams;
  • be able to pitch to gain co-founders, investors or enter an accelerator program;
  • be ready to access grants such as the Jobs for NSW MVP grant;
  • be capable of entering the Startup Coffs Coast 2019 Pitch Competition; and
  • pitch in relevant competitions or to investors outside the region.


The cost for the full 10 week program, plus Pitch Night is heavily subsidised at $780 (incl gst) per applicant.

A limited number of scholarships are available. Find more info here »

Spaces in the program are strictly limited to ensure the best experience and outcomes for our founders. They will be hotly contested. Your commitment must be for the entire 10 week program plus the Pitch night at the end.


6 Degrees ran the first Startup Onramp program in 2018 in Coffs Harbour with a group of 10 founders.

Applications for the next program are OPEN NOW!
Closing date is Wednesday, 27 March 2019.

To apply, you need to live in one of the following local government areas –
Coffs Harbour, Nambucca, Kempsey, Bellingen or Clarence Valley.

This Coffs Harbour-based program will begin on Tuesday 2 April 2019 and run weekly for 10 Tuesday evenings (excluding 23 April), culminating in a final Pitch Night.

Come along to a FREE Introduction to Startup Onramp information session to learn how the program can work for you.

The information sessions are held in Coffs Harbour, Macksville and Kempsey – you will learn what is needed to apply and how to pitch your innovative business idea (even if its just a spark of an idea) so it has the best chance of selection for this incubator program.

View and book a session on our Eventbrite page.