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Start Me Up

About

Start Me Up combines entrepreneurial education with travel to incredible destinations like Bali, Australia and Thailand.

We offer four programs. A Startup Internship Program, (our award-winning work experience program), a Gap Year Program (excursions + workshop only and project-based), a Startup Bootcamp (workshop only a

Specializing in remote startups, our programs combine in-demand skills learning (like UX and programming) with travel to some of the most beautiful parts of the world.

Programs offer exposure across a range of disciplines, including marketing, business development, and programming.

We operate from emerging startup hubs in Bali, Singapore and Australia. In addition to our programs, we offer in-country support, transfers, training, accommodation and mentorship.

Founded
2015
Headquarters

85 Great Portland Street
First Floor,
London
W1W 7LT
United Kingdom

Start Me Up Bali now offering startup internships in renewable energy, electric vehicles and fashion

Start Me Up now offers startup internships in Bali across 12 sectors ranging from fintech and fashion to renewables and electric vehicles.

Reviews

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Zoe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This experience went way beyond my expectations. Being able to intern for a tech startup in Queensland was a once in a lifetime experience I’ll never forget.
While I interned for the startup we worked out of a lively coworking space in the city. We got to meet lots of other startups and some really interesting people. I loved going to the different events around the city (organized by the co-working space), and learning about new areas of tech while picking new skills.
Queensland itself had so much to offer, including the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Surfer’s Paradise and, of course, the Great Barrier Reef. I loved that despite being winter, it was still warm enough to go to the beach for a swim!
All in all, couldn't recommend going out to Aus to intern more, learn new entrepreneurial skills and meet some cool people.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Come with an open mind. Do everything. See everything. Meet everyone.
Make friends with people in the co-working space, learn from others further down their careers and pick up some Aussie phrases.
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Eduardo
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was my first time travelling to Asia by myself, so I was a little nervous but very excited. From arrival I felt welcomed, from the driver that picked me up at the airport to the hotel in Ubud that we stayed in for the first weekend. The whole cohort was lovely, and all people wanting to improve themselves and gain something from this experience.

Despite the high cost of the program plus flights, it was one of the best months of my life. I got the chance to work with incredible people, and the kinds of people that move to Bali to create and work on startups are all people I enjoyed learning from. All this was done while learning and exploring a different culture and land, and getting actual professional experience. Plus, what better way to work is there than being able to jump in a pool, lay by the beach, or go surfing when it's all getting a bit much, or simply after a long day of work?

You end up doing so many things you never expected to do. I had never done yoga, surfed, been on a scooter, trekked up a volcano in the middle of the night, or climbed down a cliff to reach one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. Not just in terms of exploration, but professionally, I met so many ambitious individuals just going out there and doing what they want to do, ignoring that fear we all have to start something new without anyone knowing if it will work out or not. On top of all that I made good friends, including my boss, whom I'm still in touch with and working for on a voluntary basis (yes, I enjoyed it so much I am now working for free when I can, primarily on weekends...)

I would highly recommend the experience. You would have to save a little bit, which is one thing I would like the program to see is making it a little more accessible. However, I cannot disagree that every bit of that money was well spent and well worth it, and if I could afford it I would have stayed another month more!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
One day I was working with my boss in a beach villa by the pool and when we started feeling very unproductive. It was too hot a day and we weren't getting anything done. What surprised me was his reaction; if we're not doing any useful work we might as well jump on a scooter, drive to Seminyak 30 mins away and go to the beach. It was just bizarre the kind of work breaks and the relaxing atmosphere that you find out there.
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Kathryn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am so grateful that I applied to Start Me Up and got to live/work in Bali for a month! I worked remotely for a start up in London and developed marketing as well as international communication skills. We traveled on weekends to neighboring Indonesian islands and I got to immerse myself in the culture. The mentors were amazing and will go out of their way to help you. I left feeling like I had grown as an individual and had connections to extremely intelligent and genuine women. I haven't had an interview yet where they haven't asked me about Bali and the skills I learned there. If you’re thinking of applying to Start Me Up, you definitely should because you'll get a lot more out of it then just a good traveling experience.

My one tip: Go into this program wanting to get the most out of every moment, you'll regret it if you don't. Say yes to everything and jump into the Bali life style of bare-feet.

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Tayla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My internship with Start Me Up was incredible! I worked with a really awesome local organization building them a new website and met SO MANY people while I was there. The networking opportunities were great and so were the workshops and dojo (nearly every night). Obviously, a huge bonus to this program is that you're in Bali! We got to work hard during the day on our internships and then spend our nights and weekends exploring the island and even other parts of Southeast Asia. This truly was one of a kind experience that you won't regret! The people and staff were amazing and you get work experience while you travel! My group was awesome and the accommodation was perfect, we were right on the main road in Canggu so we were walking distance to Dojo, the beach, and basically everywhere. It's also cool because the people in your cohort are from all over the world so you make friends that you can stay with when you travel. The food was the best food I've eaten in my life and I honestly would go back just for that! This opportunity with Start Me Up has really opened my eyes to the possibilites of working remotely and I am so happy I found it before I graduated.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make the most of the networking opportunities! I was based at Dojo and met some amazing people that are super willing to help if you ask questions. Go to the workshop events and make sure you explore Bali on the weekends and you will not be disappointed.
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Henry
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I worked 4 weeks in Bali and 2 weeks in Thailand for a Blockchain Consultancy that was also based out in Canggu, Bali; it provided the perfect platform to learn what it takes to run a startup, put together financial models and grasp SEO. It helped me develop the skills and knowledge to start my own company using the Lean Startup method as well as being a valuable addition to my CV.

I can't recommend this program enough; if you want to learn, meet like-minded individuals and have a great work-life balance, this is for you.

A day in the life included getting up early to train at Body Factory (arguably best gym I've ever been to), working until lunch, going on an adventure with friends to an amazing food spot, finishing tasks off in the afternoon from the pool and then going on an amazing night out with the best people.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Enjoy every moment and make use of every opportunity that comes your way; it will be over before you know it.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I had options and needed to make a quick decision about five months before my program. Ultimately, I wanted an experience that would give me skills and insight into the growing startup culture. I didn't want an experience I could get just "anywhere."

Start Me Up offers unique internships that get you out of your comfort zone. This program allowed me to network, test my skills, learn new assets vital to my understanding of startups and introduced new topics. I especially loved seeing other startups pitch their app to a crowd. It was really interesting and being in the startup culture allowed you to immerse yourself with other people from around the world with different points of view.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Everything was pretty much taken care of for me. My fees went to the program and I had to organize my dates, flights and work schedule. Start Me Up took care of everything else: accommodation, rides, round trip transportation to and from the airport, event and seminar management, finding a startup for me to work with, and the one weekend activity.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Keep in mind that the Australia program started in 2018. It's new and you should expect a few bumps in the road. However, my biggest tip is to be open minded when it comes to anything from the people you live with, the community work space, your company, and the culture. You'll take more away from your internship if you don't go in with your eyes wide shut. Don't be afraid to ask questions or try new things!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

It's a pretty typical work day of Monday through Friday 9-5. You can walk or Uber to work under your own expense. Work is at the community workspace, where you work with your founder. Most week days, there are seminars, startup pitch series, networking opportunities and small presentations you can immerse yourself in right after the work day.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I was mostly afraid of failing in the startup world. My experience was solely social media, website design, blogging, operations management and customer service. With no experience in startups, I forced myself to go in with a positive mindset that I could achieve whatever I wanted to learn. I just had to work at it every day and ask as many questions as I could. My startup loved that I asked so many questions because it kept us all on the same page.

Any tip before the trip?

Personal tip for packing: know your wardrobe and expect anything. You may have an invite to attend a gala with your founder or you may have a company activity to go on a hike. It's best to be prepared and don't be afraid to ask questions. I attended an opening event with two of my house mates and on weekends we'd do different activities. Some were nice and others were casual. The point is, make sure you bring the right attire because you don't want to network in your gym shorts.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Adisty Purcell

Job Title
Sales and Business Development

Adisty approaches her role at Start Me Up with an absolute focus on nurturing and developing the skills of the interns – with an equally strong focus upon making sure their time spent away from home is as fun and fulfilling as possible! She feels fortunate to be involved with such a vibrant and growing community and is always so excited to interact with her new colleagues and interns.

What is your favorite travel memory?

I can't say I have a favorite travel memory, as every time I've traveled there's always something memorable.

One of my favorite from my recent travels was when I went to the Raja Ampat Archipelago in West Papua earlier this year. I've dreamed of going there since I was very young and it proved to be as stunning as I thought I would be. The best thing about it was how much life there was in the water and in the forest; everywhere we looked from the jetty there were sharks, big schools of fish, turtles, and even dolphins. We went for a morning trek into the jungle and saw massive rhino hornbills and birds of paradise dancing in the distance.

Raja Ampat was memorable as it reminded me of how rich Indonesia's biodiversity is and also how fragile it is.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Working for Start Me Up has allowed me to meet so many new people in the space of a few months. Our interns come from all over the world and it’s been amazing to get to know them during the course of the internship. Start Me Up has also opened up my eyes on just how vastly interesting the tech world is, and how attainable it actually is instead of being completely intimidating.

Working with a small but amazing team I get to learn more of the inner workings of the company and learn about what makes it work. The founder is also a very good team leader, making sure our job is always interesting and a great learning experience. Over the past few months I’ve honed in more confidence in my networking skills, as well as expand my knowledge on the tech start up and social enterprise world a little more every day.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One of the interns I had supervised in the October cohort is a girl from NYC who did a blockchain internship with Start Me Up. She did such an amazing job that she was hired after her internship had finished and was asked to represent her company in a UN conference in Geneva, only a month after she left Bali.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would have a hard time choosing between Bali or Queensland, but I think it’d have to be Bali. This sort of internship opportunity would have been perfect when I was still in university as the element of travel and start up sound really incredible to me. Bali is so different from the rest of Indonesia, and I feel that an internship here would open up so much more opportunities for me to immerse more into the start-up and entrepreneurship world.

Being able to network with so many fascinating people from all over the world in a place like Canggu is also amazing - somewhere that’s both very international and innovative while still surrounded by nature and very rich culture. I would also love to do Queensland simply because of its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. Weekday working in Brisbane and weekends diving the GBR? Sign me up!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I have never heard of anything like Start Me Up before; the fact that we offer opportunities for remote internships in really cool places such as Bali, Australia, and Thailand already makes it very unique. This is reflected by the excitement of so many of our applicants on their interviews - that there’s simply nothing else out there quite like it. Instead of completing internships in big corporate offices - our interns get to do it in a tropical co-working space working by the pool and going surfing or go for a rice field Yoga on their lunch breaks.

We have a small but very lovely team with excellent communications. I’m especially proud of my team whenever we’ve reached the end of a cohort and all the interns have had an amazing time both on their internship and their stay in Bali.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

There are many factors in being a successful company; however, with so many options, information and offers floating around online - there’s nothing more important than trust and to be reliable. A successful company needs to start by delivering great service, being innovative, focused, as well as being personal and honest. I feel that part of Start Me Up's success have been because of the personal attentions that the team give to the interns in order to ensure a good experience for them.

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