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Southeast Asia programme, June cohort - Key Information 🚀

Southeast Asia Tech Startup Programme

Paul Dodd

Head of Marketing

Updated 21 April 22



After the success of our first two programmes throughout 2020/21, we are running our next Southeast Asia cohort starting on the 28th June 2021. 


Based on feedback from the 400+ participants in the first two programmes we've added more 1-2-1 mentoring, more drop in sessions and touchpoints with the team and more peer and community interaction. 


The fundamentals and what worked well previously will still remain. With the goal being to guide early stage founders and teams to validate and grow their startups  over a 6 week period. This culminates in a Demo Day where the strongest are invited to pitch to our investment panel for an investment of up to $300,000. 


If you are thinking of applying for the upcoming cohort we have added some further detail below of what to expect, as well as a short video that provides a good overview of who we are, who we're looking for and what we're trying to achieve.   


NOVA Startup Programme - What to expect

Your Application

The first step in joining our programme is to complete the short form on this page. Here we’re looking for you to concisely explain your startup concept and submit some basic details. After this, you'll be invited to send a short video summary of yourself, what progress you’ve made to date and your credentials to make it a success (look for an email from Sameeta Sparks with further instruction on this).


Once we have your application form and video a member of our programme team screens all applications and will reply via email advising of next steps for you within 1-3 days. 


You can apply any time up until the 21st June 2020, and if successful you can begin working through the online ‘venture readiness’ sections of the programme before the official start date.


Online Venture Readiness Platform

You’ll get immediate access to our online tools, learning materials and coaching to help you validate, launch and grow your startup. You’ll work through two playbooks to create 3 core deliverables:


A lean canvas. A 1-page business plan that helps you deconstruct your idea into its key attributes and assumptions. It replaces elaborate business plans with a single page business model that allows quickly assess its strengths and weaknesses.


Lean Canvas

A traction roadmap. This does for the financial forecast what the Lean Canvas does for the business plan, allowing you to quickly ballpark the potential of any idea. Giving you a realistic, actionable model that is easy to communicate, test and measure against with key milestone markers.


Traction Roadmap

A 1-2 minute elevator pitch: A short video of yourself explaining the problem you are trying to solve, why it's a real problem, how you plan to/are solving it and why you believe you are the right founder to make this a successful startup. Listen to our podcast on this subject for some guidance on how to do this.


Interactive Catchups, Webinars and Q&A sessions

Throughout the 6 week programme you’ll be invited to the interactive group sessions detailed below. We also run weekly Q&A sessions with key Nova team members in our facebook group Startups: Founded, Funded & Scaled  and you can book 1-2-1 feedback sessions with specific team members to help you progress.


  1. Introduction to Nova & Leanstack Q&A
  2. Progress check-in, Advice on forming problem / solution questions 
  3. Lean Tactics for Finding your early Customers
  4. Creating a brilliant startup pitch
  5. Group Pitch Practice


Initial Nova Team Meeting

Upon completion of the Leanstack deliverables, you’ll be invited to a 30-minute conversation with members of the Nova team. During which we’ll talk through your startup, your plans and the progress you’ve made to date. There’ll also be opportunity to ask any questions you may have about working with Nova, and to ask for specific advice related to your startup.

Demo Days and Deal Formation

Our programme culminates with our Demo Days which will take place mid-August (exact times/dates tbc). Here founders/teams will be invited to deliver a 5 minute pitch plus engaging in a further 15 minutes of Q&A with our investment committee. 

Finalists from the Demo Days will then be engaged in a round of discussions with us to agree and confirm our plans to work together, with investment decisions happening in the following weeks.



If you’d like to join our next cohort, please register here. If you have any questions drop them in the comments below and we’ll be happy to answer.




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