13 projects

Support of diverse issues from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advocacy to racial justice, renters rights, LGBTI inclusion and economic equality.

$2M + raised

Projects have raised more than $2M to support development of strategic plans, launch initial projects and invest in digital infrastructure and design.

1000s hours

Founders have had hundreds of contact hours with guest speakers, finance and governance specialists, legal experts, non-profit mentors and peers.

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"The Progress Labs strategy intensive has armed us with best practice across all areas of building a start-up for social change. This would have taken us over a year to work out on our own."

- Jason Ball, Pride Cup

Progress Labs gives early stage founders and organisations the opportunity to refine their story and strategy, raise the funding they need to support their projects, and achieve their vision for change - fast.

Why do it?

  • Hands-on mentorship, connections and strategic advice, 

  • A cohort of founders at a similar stage in their journey to work and learn alongside,

  • Pitch and fundraising support,

  • Admin, governance, legal and accounting assistance,

  • Design, technology, and creative partnerships, and

  • Office space at Progress Central, a co-working space for social change makers in Melbourne's CBD.

What's on offer?

You're ready to work full time (or very close to) on your project between February and June 2020.

You're an energetic social leader or team with a vision to create a movement to engage and mobilise Australians around an cause or identity.

You can be any age, but you've almost certainly some previous experience running or working on a social cause.

You're ready to jump into any task, resilient to setbacks, and low on ego.

We encourage applications from individuals and teams with diverse backgrounds, skills and experiences.

Who you are?

The cost of participating in Progress Labs itself ($40K) is covered by philanthropic partners.

In the first month of the program, we'll help you hone your pitch and expose you to funders and potential supporters. We believe it is easier to raise funds than to identify amazing, driven leaders. Therefore, even if you have no funds we encourage you to apply. If you're selected, it's because we hope and believe seed funds to support you to do your work can be found, somewhere.

Of course, if you have loads of funding already, that's also great and you can benefit from all the other aspects of the program.

Does it cost / do I need existing seed funding?

  • Orientation day - 26 February 2020

  • Pitch school - 4-6 March 2020

  • Voice coaching and pitch feedback session - 17 March 2020

  • Pitch lunch Melbourne - 24 March 2020

  • Pitch evening Sydney - 25 March 2020

  • Strategy intensive retreat (week 1) - 21-23 April 2020

  • Strategy intensive (weeks 2-5) - 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 May 2020

  • Campaign intensive - 1-5 June 2020

  • Graduation - 17 June 2020

Key dates for 2020

We'd love to hear from you. Please get in touch at info@australianprogress.org.au

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