Startup Catalyst Youth Mission

20 Youth from around Australia on a fully funded 2 week trip to Silicon valley exploring what it means to be a Startup Founder. Over 200 Applications received. 50 people short listed and 20 winners.

In order to learn as much as possible, I put my hat in the ring to participate in Startup Catalyst's Youth Mission. The mission targets technical people because it has been proven that startups with a technical Founder or Co-founder perform better than those who don't. It has also been proven that Startups with gender diversity perform better aswell. Therefore being a technical chick in the startup space is kind of a big deal!

The Application process started with general questions such as:

  • What is your education?
  • What technical skills do you possess?
  • What is the coolest thing you have ever built?
  • How do you show leadership qualities?
  • What are your entrepreneurial ambitions?

A 60 second snapshot video of why I should be selected was also submitted. I was shortlisted for the mission and interviewed by a panel of two judges. Fortunately both of them were familiar to me through the startup ecosystem so it was a rather pleasant interview.

Waiting a full week to hear back about my application was pretty crap. In the end I wasn't drafted. But I did make the top 18% in Australia, which isn't too bad I guess? In my opinion this is the most important part of failing. Finding out where you went wrong and making a plan to resolve these issues.

I guess it's a form of iterative agile personal development. A way to deliver the most value from the start and openly grow, transform and continue to deliver greater amounts of value to your end stakeholders. The feedback for me was that I didn't have enough deep technical experience. So next year I am enrolling in a Full Stack Web Development Specialisation on Coursera.