NRMA Jumpstart Program 2015

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Hey Everyone,

This month we have a special Lean Startup Melbourne to break up the month. Don't worry it is no replacement of the Lean Startup Melbourne at the end of the month, just an extra.

This special Lean Startup Melbourne is all about the new NRMA Jumpstart Program. The 2015 NRMA Jumpstart Program (Jumpstart) is an initiative of The National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA) and startup accelerator Slingshot.

During this Lean Startup Melbourne you get the chance to hear from some of the founders that went through last year's program, and find out how to get into this year's program. You can read more about the program HERE ( or below.


The schedule of the night will look like this:

• 6:30pm – Drinks, food and networking

• 7:00pm – Craig Lambert – What is Jumpstart

• 7:10pm – Trent Bagnall – Investment Criteria

• 7:15pm – Michael Pastega – How the NRMA can grow your startup

• 7:20pm – Andrew Campbell – Program breakdown

• 7:25pm – Riad Chikhani – Jumpstart from an Entrepreneurs POV

• 7:30pm – Panel discussion - Trent Bagnall (Slingshot), Michael Pastega (NRMA), Andrew Campbell (goCatch/Slingshot), Riad Chikhani (GAMURS)

• 7:45pm – Questions and answers

• 8:00pm – Drinks, food and networking

• 9:00pm – Close

Jumpstart assists entrepreneurs through two distinct programs:

1. Startup Program

Get your startup business idea off the ground with $30,000 and a structured three month accelerator program.

In three months you will develop a business model, prove you are developing a product or service customers want, build a minimum viable product and communicate progress to advisors and investors. To qualify your startup should be:

• Web based and digitally focused

• A unique product that aligns to one of the NRMA Jumpstart themes

• Scalable globally with large markets, users and revenue as a goal

• A team of capable and highly motivated founders.

2. Scaleup Program

Rapidly scale your existing business utilising the potential opportunity to work with the NRMA's large and engaged customer base. The aim of the Scaleup program is to achieve a commercial agreement with the NRMA to take your product to the massive NRMA Member base. Successful scaleup applicants will demonstrate product/market fit, traction and the ability to scale. A successful Scaleup applicant will:

• Have a functional product that aligns to one of the NRMA Jumpstart themes

• Have an existing customer base and existing revenue

• Have a stable team

• Be able to deliver your solution within three months of startingBe looking to scale quickly

The NRMA Jumpstart themes are:

• Mobility & Connected World,

• Families & Communities,

• Digitise our World and

• Safety on the Road.


Craig Lambert – Founder - Slingshot

Craig's first venture was an advertising agency which he sold to TMP Worldwide in the early days of the dotcom boom. He then went on to senior executive roles in global tech companies and Yahoo! Over the last 10 years, Craig has invested in over 20 startups and mentored countless others. Now, as founder of Slingshot, Craig builds remarkable companies by bringing startups and corporates together.

Trent Bagnall – Founder - Slingshot

Trent spent 10 years building a successful tech company QMASTOR Limited , which he listed on the ASX at age 29. QMASTOR grew from an idea to 110 staff with offices in 5 countries. Trent also Chairs the Slingshot investment fund and sits on a number of boards. As founder of the Slingshot Accelerator, Trent plans to build 100 new companies working with great company founders, corporate partners and investors over the next 10 years.

Andrew Campbell: Entrepreneur in Residence - Slingshot

Andrew founded goCatch in 2011 and as CEO he grew the business to his exit in 2014, at which point it was worth $20m. Prior to startups, Andrew’s corporate sales career included APN News and Media and Optus. At Slingshot, Andrew works closely with founders to help them build disruptive tech businesses.

Riad Chikhani: CEO & Founder - GAMURS

At 14, Riad learnt PHP, MySQL, HTML and CSS to build his first business; a web community for the game Runescape, which grew to 5m page views and 16,000 members. At 19 Riad founded GAMURS, a social network for video game players. Having completed the 2014 Jumpstart program, Riad has successfully raised equity funding and is growing a global tech startup.

Michael Pastega GM Corporate Development and Innovation ( - NRMA

Michael is the GM of Corporate Development and Innovation for NRMA Motoring & Services. Prior to joining NRMA Michael has worked across a range of corporates and industries including Genworth, St George Bank, Coca-Cola Amatil and Brambles. Michael has a clear focus on business sustainability, managing the challenges and opportunities delivered by emerging and digital business models and defining new growth arenas.



And as usual, this event wouldn't be possible without our generous sponsors:


The NRMA is seeking new and innovative digital business services for its 2.4 million Members, and is opening up that opportunity to the startup community. Slingshot Jumpstart is an accelerator program partnered by the National Roads & Motorists’ Association and Slingshot, a high-tech accelerator based in Newcastle. Other strong partners to the Slingshot program are Artesian Capital Management, The Mitchell Lake Group, Fairfax Media, University of Newcastle, UTS Business School, Sparke Helmore Lawyers and PWC Australia - check out their profiles (


Bluechilli are a fantastic company who have just started making investments in Melbourne. A combination of a VC, Digital Agency, Incubator and Accelerator, they are keen to partner with sales and marketing focused startup founders on their technology builds.

So if you have a great idea but no tech founder, hit em up! You can check them out online: Bluechilli (