Frequently Asked Questions about our

Gap Year Program

Who is behind Start Me Up?

Start Me Up was founded and is run by Clare Harrison, a future of work enthusiast and former business editor with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. The program has been developed in conjunction with an experienced educational board comprising PhD students and experts from industry from over five countries.

Why Bali?

Bali is home to a unique startup ecosystem. It has been studied by academics from Harvard and Edinburgh University. You can read about the growing number of entrepreneurs here.

What happens at weekends?

At weekends we run excursions. These could include visiting little-known beaches or taking part in a surf camp.

What do the fees cover?

The fees cover co-working space memberships, accommodation, excursions, 3 meals a day for the duration of the program and instructors.

What should I wear?

Generally, we operate in hot countries, so T-shirts and shorts or lightweight clothing are best. Startup founders in tropical countries tend to be very casually dressed. As a general rule, it’s best not to dress in a way that may offend people in the country you’re visiting.

What will the weather be like?

The weather in Bali is tropical and the average daily temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). There is no monsoon season in Bali but there are two main seasons, dry and wet. The wet season still offers plenty of sunshine but sees afternoon showers. [October to February (Wet). March to September (Dry)]

How much spending money will I need?

Because all meals are included you will need very little spending money.

What skills will I develop during the program?

We focus on creative and entrepreneurial skills. Students work on a diverse range of projects and learn everything from making websites to marketing and presentation skills.

What does a typical day look like?

Not all days are the same. Some days will be spent on a field trip or on an excursion. We kick off with breakfast around 8am and the first workshops typically begin around 9.30am.

What is the application process?

To begin the application process, just click on the Apply Now button we’ll invite you to an informal chat to learn more about the program and answer your questions.

Where will I stay?

We work with a range of hotels, villas and guesthouses in Bali to provide accommodation that is conveniently located close to our workshops.

How long are the programs?

Our Gap Year program is 16 days. It starts on a Friday and ends on a Sunday.

Can I connect with others before the placement starts?

Yes we will make a cohort Whatsapp group so you can talk to others who will be arriving at the same time as you.

How many other people will be on my cohort?

Our cohorts are usually around 8-15.

Where do the workshops happen?

We run our workshops at top-rated co-working spaces. These are shared workspaces used by entrepreneurs and freelancers. 

Will anyone meet me at the airport?

Yes. Every new arrival is met at the airport and transported to the housing site.

Can I also take part in the Startup Internship Program?

Yes. If you’ve done the Gap Year Program, or you’re in possession of (or studying toward an) undergraduate degree, you’re entitled to apply for the Startup Internship Program.

Do we eat meals together?

Yes you will eat meals with other members of your cohort.