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.
Next cohort launching soon

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."

  • "Learnt the fundamental process on how to build and grow a startup - a method to the madness!"

  • "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..." 

Applications are closed. Details for the next cohort coming soon!
Program cost: US$1,999

Program duration: 5 weeks


Join the Aspiring Founder Program

Applications are closed. Next cohort coming soon!

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