March 2018
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Our monthly newsletter is 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

Oh February, what a month!! Here at LaunchVic HQ we've been run off our feet with amazing startup events, international guests and workshops. We're very excited to share with you all of the great experiences we had last month and everything we're looking forward to this March!

LaunchVic has partnered with the Young Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Cisco to bring MELT to Melbourne

Hear from some of Israel's biggest leaders in technology as they join us via live stream at Cisco to deliver inspiring TED-style talks direct from Israel.

Talks will be followed by a pitch night where 3-4 shortlisted entrepreneurs will have the chance to pitch to our eminent judging panel.

The winning entrepreneur will be awarded with a place on a week-long trip to Israel with the AICC.

To celebrate International Women's Day, LaunchVic and City of Melbourne are inviting five industry leaders to share their BIG IDEAS on our subject “Melbourne's investor landscape could better serve diverse founders by ...”

This breakfast event aims to be interactive and encourage feedback from the community on how you think our investor community could better serve the Melbourne startup ecosystem.

Each speaker will have five minutes to share their idea, followed by a 10-minute panel discussion and 20-minute workshop.

Let's work together to enact real change on a day that celebrates so many of our achievements.


LaunchVic's new website goes live today!
We're really proud of how it's looking and all of the important info we can now easily share with you. Our new website is a great resource for government, corporates and those in the startup ecosystem to learn more about Victoria's amazing startups and the things we are doing to support and grow them.


On a mission to teach one million girl geeks around the world to build technology and startups by 2025, LaunchVic Round 2 Funding Recipient, Girl Geek Academy, ran several initiatives to engage, inspire and grow female founders.



Round 6 Grant Funding
Supporting Local Council Startup Communities

Now is the time to apply for our Round 6 Grant Funding! 

It's the last chance for state-wide local councils to apply for our sixth round of funding! This funding round aims to increase diversity and inclusion by supporting local councils to improve access and participation in the startup ecosystem across Victoria. 

We are specifically looking to invest in councils that will deliver programs and activities such as:
  • Meet-ups, mentoring programs, hackathons,
  • Masterclasses, bootcamps, workshops,
  • Makerspaces, community centres and coworking spaces



Did you know?
Only 2% of Victorian startups are located outside of Melbourne!
We want to help change that!
LaunchVic commissioned KPMG to develop a Startup Guide and Toolkit for local government to help local councils and community organisations to drive entrepreneurship and the growth of local startup ecosystems. The report is available here and has been developed through consultation with key local government stakeholders. The Guide aims to provide tools and resources to equip local government to strategically support and develop their local startup communities.

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 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.



Enterprising Partnerships Cultov8 Hackathon
03-04 March 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.
08 March 2018
To celebrate International Women's Day, LaunchVic and City of Melbourne are inviting five industry leaders to share their BIG IDEAS on how “Melbourne's investor landscape could better serve diverse founders by ...” Join us for breakfast and and important discussion.

Hatch and Integrate: Government Support for the Startup Industry
13 March 2018
LaunchVic Round 3 Grant Recipient, Hatch Quarter, seek to educate first-generation migrant and refugee entrepreneurs on the support and grants that the Victorian Government provides.

Young AICC MELT Livestream and Pitch Night
14 March 2018
Hear from some of Israel's biggest leaders in technology as they join us via live stream at Cisco to deliver inspiring TED-style talks direct from Israel. The talks will be followed by a pitch night and the winning entrepreneur will be awarded with a place on a week-long trip to Israel.

Last Month
We had a super amazing time at Pause Fest 2018! The 3-day sold-out festival was buzzing with inspirational energy. Check out our photo album here
We funded Silicon Valley's Change Catalyst to run Australia's first ever Tech Inclusion Conference which was a huge success. Thank you so much to all our dedicated speakers and volunteers that made the event possible. 
LaunchVic was incredibly lucky to host Leslie Miley our Startup Ambassador from Silicon Valley last month. While in Melbourne, Leslie spoke at Pause Fest and Tech Inclusion, plus spent time sharing his invaluable industry knowledge, insights, and experience amongst our startup community. Read the full write up on Leslie Miley in The Australian here.
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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