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  • Locations: Melbourne, Australia
  • Program Terms: Maymester, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The Hacker Exchange 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2025 01/01/2025 02/15/2025 TBA TBA
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Fact Sheet:
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Program Description:

So what's it all about?

Melbourne, Australia, held the title of ‘World’s Most Liveable City’ for seven years running – so clearly something good is happening Down Under!

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the Australian startup and business culture, and study in Melbourne, The Hacker Exchange is proud to welcome you to our spiritual home. Melbourne has a diverse and inclusive culture, world-class education, talent (and food!), and a vibrant startup scene, specialising in creativity, health and biotech, ad tech and life sciences.

Over two inspiring weeks, you’ll join a select cohort of tertiary students and early-stage founders to learn from Australian thought leaders, work on your startup concept and experience the Melbournian startup ecosystem.



Learn why so many students and founders choose Melbourne as their new home base and learn the inner workings of the Aussie business culture. We’ll meet government and corporate representatives, learn lean startup and product design principles, discuss prototyping and customer intimacy, and tour inspiring companies.

By the end of this week, you’ll know how to build a startup business model that's global, relevant and scalable, have an insight into the Australian business culture, and understand what investors look for in fundable startups.



Discover the art and science of growth hacking and cutting edge marketing strategies for your startup. Learn how to structure your pitch deck and practice pitching to Australian angel investors and venture capitalists.

Get an intimate insight into what’s trending in Asia-Pacific startups and how you can stay ahead of the curve.

Throughout the Program…

We’ll be working from Neighbourhood – one of the freshest co-working spaces in funky Fitzroy, just North of Melbourne’s CBD. During these two weeks, you’ll get your hands dirty solving real business problems and iterating on your own startup idea.

You’ll also have direct access to sought-after mentors, and make unforgettable connections with investors, accelerators, founders, and professionals from around Australia.

What does it cost, and what's included?

Program cost

The full cost of the Melbourne – Student Innovation Program is $3,900 USD.

What is covered?

The Hacker Exchange program fee includes all interactive workshops, coursework, speakers, instructors, mentor office hours, co-working space access, educational tours of accelerators, universities and tech companies, 13 x night hostel accommodation, daily continental breakfast, welcome & farewell dinners.

This Program cost does not include air fares.

You can view a sample program agenda here.

About your accommodation & social events

Accommodation is included and is at a centrally located hostel, rated 4-stars on TripAdvisor. You’ll stay in shared accommodation, with privacy curtains, central kitchen, lounge and outdoor area.

Single accommodation upgrades are available on request.

We’ll arrange a Welcome Dinner, Farewell Lunch, a Hacker Exchange mentor meetup, and invite you to numerous events – where your attendance is optional but recommended! We’ll also give you a local guide book and plenty of free time to have meetings or explore Melbourne and surrounds.

What are my payment and funding options?

Due to high demand, we require a $350 deposit paid within 5 business days of your acceptance to the program to confirm your spot.

Sounds awesome. How do I apply?

Apply now for Melbourne