Startup Success Series: Founder Resilience

The Startup Success Series is designed to provide insight and education on the topics that matter most to the founder community right now.

Each week Startup Victoria hosts a 1-hour webinar for the community, focussing on a specific topic. There’s only so much we can squeeze into 60 minutes, so following each webinar you can access further resources in our Startup Success Series articles.

The Startup Success Series is supported by LaunchVic.

LaunchVic is Victoria’s startup development agency. LaunchVic invests in organisations and projects that empower entrepreneurs to scale innovative companies and deliver new industry benefits to the Victorian economy.

Embarking on your founder journey and building a startup isn’t easy. Like climbing a mountain, you know where you want to go and have a solid idea of how to get there (after all, lots of people have climbed mountains before right?!), but you can’t account for every obstacle, pitfall or slip up you’ll experience along the way – this is why founders need to be resilient.

Resilience isn’t just getting something done. It’s about not giving up and staying positive despite huge challenges, climbing out of holes instead of wallowing at the bottom of them and working both smart and hard. This is much easier said than done, and as founders, we tend to put our ambitions ahead of our health in our pursuit of the mythical model of success.

That’s why for this edition of the Startup Success Series, we provided advice for first-time and early-stage founders on how to be resilient whilst taking care of your mental and physical health. We spoke with Valerie Judge, Co-Founder at Melbourne Edge Consultants and Julie Demsey, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist & Mindset Coach to provide their expertise on how you can look after yourself on the climb.

Virtual Event Recording

About: Watch the webinar recording below to learn more about Valerie and Julie’s advice for founders on a positive mindset and resilience, followed by an audience Q&A.


2:46 – Introductions
13:03 – Defining resilience and how to deal with being overwhelmed
22:55 – Taking breaks, time management and balance
30:57 – Stress management strategies
40:05 – How to think about success
44:10 – Q&A

Connect with our panellists!

Panellist Julie Demsey’s website has a host of resources for positivity, mindset and personal wellbeing. Be sure to listen to the 6 Minute Calming Meditation session – click here!

Techstars: Founder Rising: Hacking Resilience by Celebrating Small Wins — with Laura Spiekerman Podcast

Alloy cofounder Laura Spiekerman talks with Jenny Fielding about how the Techstars Barclays Accelerator alum became FinTech powerhouse, and the importance of sharing the small wins with your team as a key to founder resilience – listen here.

Reading Resources

We’ve collated online blogs and articles on founder resilience: