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February 2020
What's On  -  Events   -  Last Month  
Our monthly newsletter will 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

The Startup Genome Global Startup Survey is now open!

We need as many people as we can to complete it to ensure we have an accurate view of the ecosystem to inform decision making and ensure the Victorian Startup Ecosystem receives the international exposure it deserves.

Have your say by completing the 15-minute survey and go in the running to win 1/10 $1000 General Assembly vouchers.

COMPLETE THE SURVEY

The first class of startups to go through LaunchVic's GovTech accelerator have secured $450,000 of government funds to further develop projects that are helping to identify health risks, better support hospital patients and improve safety and information on our public transport network.

Startups Sky Ledge, WeGuide and Envision Systems were the inaugural graduates, unveiling their proposed solutions with Special Minister of State, Gavin Jennings at a recent showcase.

WATCH THE VIDEO TO LEARN MORE
Skalata Ventures are actively recruiting their next intake of companies for their 2020 Seed Investment Program.

The 6-month program provides practical guidance, operational support from program coaches, and up to $250K in funding and access to the Skalata network of investors, prospective customers and advisors. 

Registrations are open for information sessions, one in Melbourne (6 February) and one in Sydney (7 February).

FIND OUT MORE
 
Three years ago, startups were not well understood in Victoria. While there was activity, the sector lacked support, coordination and wasn’t acknowledged for the significant role it plays in economic development.

Since then, LaunchVic has activated 110 programs supporting over 320 individual startups and up-skilling more than 4,800 aspiring entrepreneurs. LaunchVic's Impact Report sets out the achievements of the agency since its inception.

READ MORE IN THE IMPACT REPORT

Events

PauseFest
05 February 2020
Pause Fest is an independent, industry-driven movement with a mission to bring diverse intelligence together to fuel the next generation forward. It's been described as 'Innovation Capital', 'Octoberfest for business' and 'Woodstock for digital natives’. 
Elevate Hardware Masterclass: IP protection for hardware startups
12 February 2020
Specifically designed for hardware innovators, this masterclass will provide you with essential knowledge, insights and practical advice you can action straight away in bringing your hardware product to market.
La Trobe Accelerator Program Regional Boost Your Growth Workshops
11-17 February 2020
Free one-day masterclasses that empower entrepreneurs and business owners in our regions to successfully scale up and plan for growth. Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Shepparton, Mildura.
MedTech Actuator 2020 Demo Day
12 February 2020
Hear from and meet 11 promising medtech startups, connect with key industry leaders, and network over drinks and light refreshments. Demo Day marks the end of the MedTech Actuator Accelerator's 6-month intensive program.
An Introduction to Impact Angel Investing Breakfast
19 February 2020
Come and join us for breakfast and learn from experienced impact investors within the Victorian startup community on Social Impact Angel Investing, including best practices and strategies on building up your portfolio.
Innovation Bay Breakfast: Rampersand x Goterra
27 February 2020
Innovation Bay's VC x Founder series explores the relationship between a founder and a VC, a unique and not often publicly shared story. For this event, they are handing the mic over to Paul Naphtali, partner at Rampersand who will be delving deep with one of their investments, Olympia Yarger, Founder of Goterra!

Last Month

In partnership with the US Consul General and the Melbourne Accelerator Program, LaunchVic held an expert panel discussion at The Victorian Innovation hub on how to attract U.S. Venture Capital.
LaunchVic teamed up with StartUp Creative & ALTS Projects, along with Local Peoples, Matters Journal and Stone & Chalk to present a fundraiser event bringing together Melbourne-based businesses, creatives, entrepreneurs and the wider startup ecosystem, in order to raise money for bushfire relief efforts. 
About LaunchVic

LaunchVic is Victoria's startup 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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