Frequently Asked Questions

What is the aim of the program?

The aim is to equip young people with in-demand skills and experience that will fast-track their careers – in an amazing location.

Working in conjunction with leading entrepreneurs, we have run programs across three continents for students and graduates from Ivy League and Russell Group Universities including Cornell, Princeton, Oxford, Cambridge and UCL.

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 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)]

What happens at weekends?

At weekends we run excursions which you are welcome to join. These could include visiting little-known beaches or taking part in a surf camp. 

How much spending money will I need?

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

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.

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.

How many other people will be on my cohort?

Our cohorts are usually around 8-15.

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.

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.

What do the fees cover?

The fees cover 24/7 support, accommodation, airport pickup, access to a co-working space, training and workshops provided by tech professionals. We also pay full-time coordinators on the ground to find opportunities and provide ongoing support in the countries where we operate.

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.

Can I connect with others before the placement starts?

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

How long are the programs?

Our Startup Internship Program is 1 to 2 months in length. 

What determines the length of the program?

In our experience, most people want to fit in as much learning as possible into a short timeframe because many people on gap years or vacation breaks want to allow time to travel and explore before and/ or after the program.

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.