Lukas Ransmayr

"I have been surprised by my fellow students who are not only as crazy as I am but who keep surprising me with their level of passion and dedication."

  • What Problem He's Solving: Making the golf tournament registration process easier for managers and participants.
  • First job: Tennis instructor
  • Next bucket list item: Crossing the Andes from Argentina to Chile in a pickup and skiing as many mountains as possible on the way
  • Lukas in five words: Curious, ambitious, loves to learn

Why are you at Starter School?

After having worked for a large corporation and also a startup in Austria, I wanted to take the next step and gain practical knowledge in building web applications. Over the last few months I have not only learned how to build prototypes of web applications but I have also gained a deep understanding of development and the processes involved.

What's one thing that you have been surprised by at Starter School?

I have been surprised by my fellow students who are not only as crazy as I am but who keep surprising me with their level of passion and dedication.

Is there one experience that stands out for you at Starter School?

My whole time at Starter School has been an outstanding experience in my life.

What was the first day of Starter School like?

It was exciting to get to know the people I would spend the next 9 months with.

How do you explain Starter School to your friends, family, and/or significant others?

It is a school where I learn all the steps involved to build a web business: web development, design and entrepreneurship.

What makes Starter School different than other classes/schools you've been to?

The most important difference at Starter School is that everything that we learn can be practically applied to what we're building.

What are you building right now?

A golf tournament registration site for a friend in Austria.

What's something you've done in your life that you're most proud of?

Crossing an ocean and leaving my comfort zone in order to be part of Starter School's inaugural class.

What would you say to someone interested in joining Starter School?

If you are passionate about technology and think about building your own startup, start here.



Tuition for Starter School is $12,000 per quarter, excluding housing, materials, and personal expenses. A refundable deposit of $3,000 will be required in order to confirm your acceptance. One week before the start of each quarter a payment of $12,000 must be made. For example, the Winter quarter begins on January 6, so a payment of $12,000 would be due no later than December 30.

Cost Breakdown
Fall quarter -$12,000
Winter quarter $12,000
Spring quarter $12,000
Total $24,000

Do you offer loans and scholarships?

Currenty we don't offer loans or financial aid. However, we are actively working with loan providers and the government to make Starter School more affordable. In the meantime, please reach out to us at so we can learn more about your situation.

How have other students financed their tuition?

Our students have creatively raised funds for Starter School in numberous ways. They've sourced online donations, secured company sponsorship, created friends and family loans, and even sold their cars. The students who have given up the most tend to get the most out of the program. They treat it like a serious, life-changing investment— which is exactly what it is.

A New Way to Pay For Starter School

We are excited to announce a partnership with Upstart, a platform that allows individuals to get financial investment to pursue their dream careers. This partnership allows current students and future Starter School students to raise funding for Starter School tuition.

Here are the requirements to qualify for Upstart:

  1. You must be a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident currently living in the US
  2. Be at least 18 years old;
  3. Have a valid e-mail account;
  4. Have a verifiable name, date of birth, and social security number
  5. Have graduated from a 4-year (bachelor's degree) accredited college in 1995 or later or be accepted by and soon to enroll in a 4-year accredited (bachelor's degree) college;
  6. Have an account at a U.S. financial institution with a routing transit number; and
  7. Meet our minimum credit requirements.