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We’re looking for people from all backgrounds to help us launch several startups in parallel or to join as part of the founding team of one of our portfolio companies.
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Startup Launcher
A launcher follows several Startups in parallel, managing the relationship between the Studio and the MVP team. S/he is our armed arm and works closely with the Founder in Residence.
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Founder in Residence
A Founder in residence is the owner of the MVP phase. S/he will work alongside our team of builders and launchers, testing, prototyping, pivoting until the Startup is launched.
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The Program in Brief
When you join StartupGym as a launcher, you will be immediately overwhelmed with responsibility. You will be our arms and eyes while working with the founding team. You are expected to pick decisions, fail and test again.
Full-time employment contract with StartupGym, top-notch and competitive salary.
Full ownership about the MVPs you are following, we will support you if needed.
Chance to leave for one of the Startups you helped create, without too many formalities or any notice period.
You will work with industry/market experts, you will learn very fast while contributing with day-by-day operations.
You will be offered an attractive option pool plan for each Startup you helped launch in the Studio.
The Program in Brief
When you co-found a company with StartupGym, you will be immediately surrounded by vertical teams of experts across legal, tech, finance, marketing, as well as access to our pool of investors. This is what our relationship will look like:
3-6 months together, while you partner with our team to launch a successful Startup.
We will cover all your personal expenses during the program and invest in our MVP whatever is needed to launch.
Substantial equity stake as soon as the Startup is launched.
We kickstart your company by bringing you everything you need: best-in class expertise, cross-functional teams, financial resources.
No drawbacks if our relationship will not work or if the MVP will fail - it is part of our business.
Launcher Program
From day 1, you will work on the launch of several MVPs. You will coordinate the creation, prototyping, ideation, pivoting of new Ventures while working as a StartupGym employee. You will always have the opportunity to join a Startup you co-created with a substantial option plan.
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Founder-in-Residence Program
For 3-6 months, you’ll be regularly working directly with our partners, launchers and builders to co-found a company. During this period, if we mutually find an idea we’re all excited about, you will join the Startup as a Co-Founder and you will get a substantial equity position.
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"When I joined StartupGym, I was asked to work on two projects in parallel. I am in charge of everything from day 0 and I am learning a lot about tech, marketing and legal. This is the right place to build entrepreneurial skills."
- Dario
"Everyone at StartupGym is fully committed to making our project succeed. They have a multidisciplinary team and everything I need to support the MVP creation and development process."
- Stefano
FAQ
Do I need to move to Milan? +
Ideally, yes. But this is not a strict requirement. You will work with our interdisciplinary team and one/two Founders-in-Residence that are based in Milano. We strongly believe there would be much to learn in person, but this is not a selection criteria.
Do I need a Startup idea to apply? +
No. At StartupGym we do not invest in external teams with a standalone project. We expect you to join as a person.
What does it look like when I join? +
Passion and eclecticism. As a StartupGym Launcher we expect you to work on the launch of new MVPs each month. Together with our core team and a Founder in Residence, you will manage all the steps to build a Minimum Viable Product. You will be a link between the Studio and the founding team, covering several functions at the same time. During this period we will build, test, pivot and fail together and if the Startup will be launched you will have the opportunity to join as an early employee. Your teammates have started $1B+ companies, and we are a team of experts across finance, engineering, marketing, legal and more. This is a chance to learn all the skills needed to start an entrepreneurial journey.
Who has a higher chance of being accepted? +
Uncommon, non-standard profiles. Basically:
  • Leadership experience during University, side projects or Startups.
  • Hunger to be an entrepreneur and more specifically willingness to create something theirs.
  • Risk-taker, proactive and hands-on. Took non-standard choices in their past and sometimes failed.
  • Professional background spent in Startups, Scaleups, and small teams.
Will I get a salary while joining as a Launcher? +
Yes. We will invest in you from day 1. You will be part of the StartupGym team until you find a Startup you are passionate about. Usually we expect our Launchers to join the founding team of the project they have worked on, but this choice is up to them. As long as you enjoy working with us and launching MVPs, you will be more than welcome! Our compensation package includes a competitive salary plus an attractive option plan for the Startup you will join.
How many Launchers will join? +
4-6/year. Our operative model for the first year is to launch at least 3 Startups and we will launch each Startup with at least one Founder-in-Residence and at least one Launcher.
What is the application deadline? +
We will review candidates on a rolling basis to fill the openings in the team as members cycle in and out. The earlier you apply the better!
FAQ
Do I need to move to Milan? +
Yes. Our Headquarter is in Milan, Italy. Here, we have a multidisciplinary team that launches new Startups cyclically. It’s very important to join physically so you will be in touch with your future co-founders and our core Studio team.
Do I need a Startup idea to apply? +
No. At StartupGym we do not invest in external teams with a standalone project. We expect you to join as a person. We will evaluate your skills and if you have the entrepreneurial spirit to start a journey with us.
What does it look like when I join? +
Ownership and commitment. As our new Founder-in-Residence we expect you to work on a new Startup from Day 1. Together with our core team and several launchers, you will manage all the steps to launch a Minimum Viable Product. During this period we will build, test, pivot and fail together. Founders-in-Residence are expected to spend 3-6 months in the Studio, partnering with our team throughout the launch of a new Venture. At the end of this period you will have the chance to become a co-founder of the Startup you worked on. You’ll have co-founders who have started $1B+ companies, and a team of experts across finance, engineering, marketing, legal and more.
Who has a higher chance of being accepted? +
Hard to predict. Even if there is not a standard persona (unfortunately), from our experience every founder has common traits:
  • Leadership experience in leading teams, recruiting and managing complex operations.
  • Hunger to be an entrepreneur, and more specifically, a willingness to create something that is theirs.
  • Risk-taker, proactive and hands-on. Already failed in previous entrepreneurial projects (even if they were small and/or never actually launched).
  • Unique perspective into large underserved markets that are ready to be modernized, or deep experience in a vertical industry you are passionate about.
Will I get a salary while joining as a Founder-in-Residence? +
Sort of. This is not the right opportunity for you if you are looking for a high-level salary with benefits and all types of comforts/perks. Launching Startups is hard and we need to be sure you are committed 100%. We want to know if you are really passionate about starting an entrepreneurial journey and you accept the risk. We will cover all your expenses and let you focus on building your own company reducing the risk of failure. We want our Founders-in-Residence to be aligned with the success of the Startups they are working on, and therefore you should expect a substantial equity position in that Startup once launched.
How many Founders-in-Residence will join? +
4-6/year. Our operative model for the first year is to launch at least 3 Startups and we will launch each Startup with at least one Founder-in-Residence and at least one Launcher.
What is the application deadline? +
We will review candidates on a rolling basis to fill the openings in the team as members cycle in and out. The earlier you apply the better!