Nights & Weekends: Creating the time to turn your idea into reality

Neighbourhood’s Expert-in-Residence - Ned Dwyer

Ned Dwyer -  CEO Spritz

Ned Dwyer - CEO Spritz

Building something from scratch isn’t easy.

And not everyone has the luxury of being able to go full-time on their business from day one.

It takes time and energy in any available nights & weekends to make it a reality. To develop your world-changing idea, validate it in the market, generate your first sales and ultimately prepare yourself to make that “side-hustle” your day job.

To help get you go from ground zero to finding your first customers, and potentially becoming investor ready, Neighbourhood and Launch VIC are excited to welcome entrepreneur Ned Dwyer, to Melbourne as our Entrepreneur in Residence in March 2019.


It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.
— Scott Belsky, Founder of Behance, CPO @ Adobe.


About the program

Over four transformative weeks, Ned Dwyer will guide you through the following:

🤔Idea exploration: Finding “the one” you’re going to spend the next 5-10 years building

⏲️Designing experiments for idea validation on the path to product/market fit

💰Sales 101: getting your first revenue pre or post-product

💹Investment readiness: A pragmatic approach to the VC path


Who is this for?

This program is ideal for:

🌱Early stage startup founders

🌎Founders looking to find their Next Big Thing

🏪Part-time founders looking to make the leap to full-time

💵Businesses looking to join an accelerator in 2019


The nuts and bolts

Key dates: Four weeks, beginning 8 May 2019.

Time commitment: You’ll be expected to attend a Wednesday evening two-hour session each week, over a period of four weeks (8 hours total throughout May).

We will also open up Neighbourhood’s doors each Sunday for four hours from 10am where all participating businesses can come in and work on building your idea with support from Ned and other program leaders.

1:1 mentoring hours will also be available.

Cost: This acceleration program would normally be valued at $4,000, but thanks to support from LaunchVic and Neighbourhood, this program is completely free for accepted participants.

Program spaces: Spaces are strictly limited to a maximum of 15 participants. Only single team member from each individual team will be accepted for the evening work, but all team members are welcome to come work out of Neighbourhood offices for open-hours on Sunday.

Location: The program will be held at Neighbourhood, 397 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. (1:1 mentoring can possibly be delivered in alternative locations based on Ned’s availability).



About Ned

Ned Dwyer is a Melbourne-born, San Francisco-based entrepreneur building the future of corporate spending with Spritz.

From agency owner to second time startup founder he has a range of experience in going from zero to one both in Australia and the US. For his previous company, Elto, he raised capital from Blackbird Ventures before taking the business global and ultimately an exit to Nasdaq-listed GoDaddy in 2015.

Ned has been a part of the Australian startup ecosystem for 10+ years as not only a founder but a community builder (The Hive), investor (Startmate/Sapling), consultant and mentor.

As the CEO of Spritz in San Francisco, Ned is helping small to medium businesses to empower their employee spending through the a smart corporate card.

In a market filled with 9-figure funding rounds Ned is proud to have bootstrapped his current business to their first customers by working nights and weekends until he has recently gone full-time in the business.

If you’re interested in the living heart of what you do, focus on building things rather than talking about them.
— Ryan Freitas

Thanks for your interest. This program is now underway for 2019!


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