May 2018
What's On  -  Funding  -  Resources  -  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

Round 3 recipient, Free to Feed, have just announced their LaunchVic supported program 'Now to Launch'.

Now to Launch is a food enterprise hub and startup incubator dedicated to nurturing and showcasing the diverse food entrepreneurialism of Victoria’s refugees and new migrants.

The Hon. Philip Dalidakis, 
Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy, opened the program at their launch event last month.

The second round of ACMI Xcel's Creative Tech Accelerator is now open for applications.

Presented in partnership with LaunchVic, ACMI Xcel is designed to upskill people working with creative technologies in lean startup methodology, including growth marketing, design thinking, customer validation, product testing and sales. 


Not only is health the largest and fastest growing source of employment in Victoria contributing $30 billion to our economy, but it also accounts for 11 per cent of our startup activity.

Recognising this, LaunchVic commissioned dandolopartners to undertake a review of the sector to understand what the challenges and opportunities are to create the right environment so that startups in this space can thrive.


A new in-depth report on Melbourne’s startup ecosystem has found that tech startups–off the back of a rapid growth period–have the potential to generate up to $4 billion to the Victorian economy if there is continued investment in the local ecosystem.

Startup Genome’s ‘Melbourne Startup Ecosystem Report’ commissioned by LaunchVic has shown that Melbourne’s startup ecosystem is growing at a rapid rate given its current size.



The Health Startup Sector


LaunchVic has announced a new funding round for the health startup sector - including medtech, biotech, pharma, health & ageing services and disability services.


Entrepreneurial Programs for Aboriginal Victorians

24 MAY 2018

It's your last chance to apply for LaunchVic funding to improve access and participation for Aboriginal Victorians in the state’s startup community .



LaunchVic Funded Courses Now Open!

Cogent Campus
Lean products, Sustainable Business Course
Product Development

Export and Growth Workshops

Export and Growth Skills

EM Advisory
Investor Ready Startups Program
Investment Support

Space Tank Studios
Bench-2-Business Program
Product Development

Execution= People + Culture + Leadership
Personal Leadership and Development

Innovation Bay
Founder Dinners
Investment Support
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!


Nominated for podcast of the year, Scale Up is our podcast about startups in Melbourne scaling to global success. What can founders, teams, investors and fellow Melbourne entrepreneurs learn from their success and failures? 

Melbourne Startup Expo
24 May 2018
Do you need help growing your startup? LaunchVic will be holding a Startup Expo showcasing the range of free or low-cost courses it has on offer for startup founders and their employees.

Girls in Tech Conference
30-31 May 2018
LaunchVic is sponsoring the international Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference in Melbourne. Join us for one incredible day, packed full of raw, authentic “TED-style” presentations from some of the most revered female leaders in the world. 

Melbourne Accelerator Program Launch
30 May
The MAP18 Accelerator Launch is one of the most highly-anticipated events on the MAP calendar, where the 10 startups take the stage to pitch, in front of an audience of nearly 1,000 people. The event is one of the largest startup community events in Australia. Held at the Plaza Ballroom, The Regent Theatre, the evening combines elegance and grandeur with an audience and energy which is truly reflective of the startup community. 

Hatch Quarter Meetup- Law for Startups
31 May 2018
Powered by LaunchVic, Hatch Quarter presents 'Law for Startups,' an event that aims to equip entrepreneurs, particularly first-generation migrants and refugees, with knowledge on legal matters and their implications in the startup industry
Last Month
Startup Bootcamp gave us a glimpse into the future of Smart Energy with Melbourne's first Startup Bootcamp Energy Australia Demo Day. Congratulations to the 10 startups that gave impressive pitches, giving us insight into the future of Victoria's energy sector.
Startmate's Demo Day showcased 10 of their amazing startups working on pivotal problems like improving diversity in the workplace, getting disaster relief funds to those who need it most and optimising operations within the manufacturing industry. 
Incubate Foundation hosted the first African Australian Socialpreneurship Hackathon. The hackathon supported members of Melbourne's migrant communities to come up with innovative solutions to solve youth engagement, culture, migration & employment issues among migrants and refugees in Victoria.
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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