The Aspiring Founders Program

A 6-week program for formidable folks looking to launch a tech startup in Southeast Asia but don't know how.

If you've been dreaming about starting a startup but aren't sure where to begin, this is the program for you to learn hands-on skills to prepare you for the founder's journey.

Applications for our October cohort are open!
Starting from $1,199 $360
Applications close: September 2022
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Meet your lecturers

Learn from the leading founders in Southeast Asia.
  • Willis wee
    Willis Wee
    Founder and CEO, Tech in Asia
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    Gavin Teo
    General Partner, Altara Ventures
  • Grace sai
    Grace Sai
    Co-founder, Unravel Carbon
  • Susli lie
    Susli Lie
    Partner, Monk's Hill Ventures
The Curriculum
In just 6 weeks, learn fundamental startup concepts and work on a real-world idea from ideation to pitch in small groups.
Week 1: Orientation
Meet the cohort! We'll kick off with a round of internal pitches to determine the startup idea you'll be working on during the program.
Week 2: The Founder's Journey & Big Idea
How to validate your big idea, learn the basics of starting a startup, and sense check the reality of a founder’s life

Lecturer: Grace Sai, Co-founder, Unravel Carbon
Week 3: The Product
How to understand user needs, develop an MVP, and launch quickly and effectively

Lecturer: Willis Wee, Founder and CEO, Tech in Asia
Week 4: The Founding Team & Finances
How to build a strong founding team, manage co-founder relationships, and take care of mental health and wellness

Lecturer: Susli Lie, Partner, Monk's Hill Ventures
Week 5: The Funding & Pitch Process
How to find funding, understand the VC world, and read standard early-stage contracts while perfecting your pitch to be launch ready

Lecturer: Gavin Teo, General Partner, Altara Ventures
Week 6: Graduation
Final pitch day of your startup idea in front of the rest of the TIA School community

Tech in Asia School Testimonials

  •  "The TIA school broadened my horizons across SEA, and introduced some great people with a host of valuable skills, experience, and contacts for me to learn from and engage with."

    MICHAEL D'AMBROSIO, CO-FOUNDER FANFIRST
  • "Learnt the fundamental process on how to build and grow a startup - a method to the madness!"

    ASPIRING FOUNDERS, SPRING 2022 ALUM
  • "A well-structured program with plenty of detail to get you up and running, and enough opportunities with great people to dig a little deeper on your own specific ideas..." 

    ASPIRING FOUNDERS, SPRING 2022 ALUM

Program cost

Meet other Aspiring Founders and work on an actual startup idea with classmates! Receive special access and benefits as a founding member of this program.

Limited seats available, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Aspiring Founders promo

For those looking to kickstart their startup journey
$1,199 $360
Lectures
Learn the most critical information about starting a startup from the best founders and investors from Southeast Asia's tech community.
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Group work
Work together in small groups on an actual startup idea from ideation to MVP to pitch throughout the 6-week program
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Office hours
Learn, share, and build community with other Aspiring Founders about the biggest questions before launching a startup
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Founders Community
Access TIA School's Founder's Community for one year for closed-door programming, investor meetups, and special access to TIA events
✓

Aspiring Founders promo

For those looking to kickstart their startup journey
$1,199 $360
Lectures
Learn the most critical information about starting a startup from the best founders and investors from Southeast Asia's tech community.
✓
Group work
Work together in small groups on an actual startup idea from ideation to MVP to pitch throughout the 6-week program
✓
Office hours
Learn, share, and build community with other Aspiring Founders about the biggest questions before launching a startup
✓
Founders Community
Access TIA School's Founder's Community for one year for closed-door programming, investor meetups, and special access to TIA events
✓
Insession

Apply for the Aspiring Founder Program

Applications close: September 2022