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High Growth Ventures Founder Program

High Growth Ventures Founder Program

Designed to enhance the performance, wellbeing and purpose of venture backed founders.

Designed to enhance the performance, wellbeing and purpose of venture backed founders.

There are few pursuits in which individual leadership plays as critical a role as building a high-growth venture. A founder’s vision, ability to execute, communicate, lead and build culture, will make or break their startup.


Put simply: a high performance scale up, cannot exist without high performing founders and leaders.


In August 2018, KPMG High Growth Ventures released the Startup Founder Research which surveyed 70 VC-backed founders on wellness, stress levels and their limitations to success. The research revealed that founders are highly stressed, take little time to reset and struggle with some of the soft skills required to scale a business.

To address the issues raised in the report, KPMG High Growth Ventures designed a 2.5 day intensive program to enhance the performance, wellbeing and purpose of venture backed founders.

The facilitators included Rachael Neumann, Craig Davis, Michelle Duval, Phaedon Stough, Brad Couper and Scott Draper and Amanda Price from KPMG.

Through collaboration with Australia's leading VC firms, the participants for the first cohort included: Baraja, AgriWebb, TidyMe, AgriDigital, WORK180, Propeller Aero, DesignCrowd, Prospection and FluroSat.

During the program, founders:

  • learned simple practices to boost performance, improve leadership and elevate wellbeing
  • came to understand their communication and leadership bias and opportunities
  • developed a framework for building high performing teams
  • learned from founders who have scaled teams in the past and gained access to the tools, templates and knowledge to begin to hire the right talent to transform their business
  • learned how to harness the power of customer feedback to unlock growth and drive their product roadmap
  • had the opportunity to work on their startup, rather than in it
  • improved their soft skills and awareness around human capital and culture
  • got back to their roots and reconnected with their why
  • were able to illuminate their business blind spots
  • gained an understanding of what sustained high performance looks like day-to-day.

If you are a VC-backed founder and would like to be considered in the next cohort, please email highgrowthventures@kpmg.com.au.

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