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Welcome to LaunchVic's monthly newsletter designed to keep you up to date with the activity we are leading or supporting to enhance the growth of Victoria's startup ecosystem. Please forward this to friends, colleagues and entrepreneurs with an interest in LaunchVic.

What's On

Melbourne will be the first city in Australia to host Change Catalyst’s world-class Tech Inclusion Conference on the 13th February 2018, direct from Silicon Valley as part of a new partnership agreement with LaunchVic. 

Change Catalyst, who partners with the tech community to solve diversity and inclusion through conferences, career fairs, strategic consulting and training, has worked with hundreds of tech companies and startups globally, including the likes of Google, Reddit, Asana, Capital One, NBC Universal and Yelp.

LaunchVic has signed a two-year $300,000 sponsorship deal with Pause Fest to deliver Australia's premier creative, tech and business event in Melbourne.

The Pause Fest 2018 Program will feature more than 150 global leaders discussing smart future, diversity, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, digital culture, blockchain and brands and marketing.

The festival runs from 7-11 February at Federation Square, Melbourne.



LaunchVic's Round One Funding recipient, Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) are making sure Victoria is a global centre for sports-focused innovation and technology.



LaunchVic is in the final stages of assessing applications to fund world-class accelerator program(s) to enhance the Victorian startup ecosystem. With an overwhelming number of high-calibre applications, we will have more news for you soon!


This year LaunchVic will be funding Founder Education in seven different program areas identified by LaunchVic through research and consultation with founders.

These programs are intended to be run as workshops or short courses, targeted towards founders who are time poor and are not currently in accelerator programs.

The Founder Education funding round is in the final stages of assessment and will be announced shortly.

Local councils across Victoria are being given the tools to identify and tap into startup activity through a new Startup Guide and Toolkit for Local Government. Supporting this is funding for councils to support and develop their local startup communities.
Applications close on 22 March 2018.



In partnership with EY-Parthenon, we've released a review of Melbourne’s Digital Marketplaces. The report shows the sector is growing at 11% per year, well above Victoria’s current industry growth rate of 3%, with more than 190 online marketplace startups currently located across the state. READ MORE
Laneways is curated to bring you the best advice for founders and investors in the Victorian startup ecosystem. If you want to learn about running or investing in startups Laneways will send tricks and tips straight to your email inbox!


Scale Up is our new podcast about startups in Melbourne scaling to global success.
What can founders, teams, investors and fellow Melbourne entrepreneurs learn from their success and failures? Find out on Scale Up by LaunchVic.



05 February 2018
Funded by LaunchVic, YGAP will launch their internationally acclaimed and proven program.
This is a great opportunity to hear from key stakeholders from the program and network with those working within the migrant and refugee space. 

07-11 February 2018
Sponsored by LaunchVic, Pause is Australia's creative, tech and business event.
Creating a space for free thinkers to converge, engage and find shared purpose.

Tech Inclusion Melbourne
13 February 2018
Melbourne will be the first city in Australia to host Change Catalyst’s world-class Tech Inclusion Conference, direct from Silicon Valley as part of a new partnership agreement with LaunchVic. 

An Exclusive Session with MIT's World Leading Expert in Entrepreneurship
14 February 2018
RMIT Activator, LaunchVic and the City of Melbourne warmly invite you to an exclusive session with Mr. Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.
Enterprising Partnerships Cultov8 Hackathons
Weekends in February 2018
LaunchVic funded, Enterprising Partnerships are holding weekend hackathons in Dandenong, Broadmeadows and Sunshine to help you explore your ideas or develop your existing business.
About LaunchVic

LaunchVic is Victoria's lead startup ecosystem development agency. Our role is to grow Victoria's startup ecosystem by investing in organisations and projects that support startups to scale innovative companies, and deliver benefits to the Victorian economy.
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