Victorian Government has awarded almost $6.5 million in the first round of LaunchVic funds supporting 18 projects across the state.
The projects range from large ideas for startup hubs, incubators and accelerators, to smaller ideas enabling established organisations to increase their scale, reach and impact.
Round 2 of LaunchVic grants will be open in September 2016 with a new set of revised application guidelines.
The list of LanchVic grant recipients are listed below:
|Bright Sparks||RMIT University||$100,000||Bright Sparks is a leadership program to inspire, connect and prepare the next generation of female entrepreneurs in Victoria. Female students, alumni and staff at RMIT will be given a head start in business through a network of Australian and international mentors and an intensive leadership program in San Francisco.|
|Digital marketing makerspace||Western BACE||$50,000||The only combined co-working space and business accelerator in Western Melbourne’s Growth Corridor will receive funding to create the “Digital BACE marketing makerspace”. Local startups will be given expert support to use 3D printing, virtual reality software, computers and video cameras for marketing activities.|
|Employment based social enterprise pipeline||Social Traders||$100,000||Focusing on jobs for people facing barriers to work – in Melbourne, Ballarat and Wodonga – this program will strengthen the pipeline of accelerator-ready social enterprise ideas through workshops, networking events, clinics and pitch fests targeting women, youth and multi-cultural groups.|
|Fintech Melbourne||Fintech Melbourne||$30,000||Fintech Melbourne is a community run organisation for the benefit of the Victorian fintech community. It is Australia’s largest fintech community with 1800 members and provides tremendous value and support to the local ecosystem. This has all been accomplished through volunteer efforts but due to the scale of events, support is required to make Fintech Melbourne sustainable in the long term.|
|Launch Clubs||The Foundation for Young Australians||$75,000||Launch Clubs aims to harness the energy and passion of young Victorians and build a network of local hubs, based in regional communities, where young people develop the skills and capabilities to test and launch their own enterprises. There is an urgent and vital need to support young people in regional Victoria to develop entrepreneurial skills that can open pathways to self-employment, job creation and the revitalisation of regional economies. Launch Clubs will be trialed in Bendigo and Traralgon and is designed so the model can be scaled State-wide.|
|Lemonade Stand: startups for kids||Collective Campus||$100,000||Lemonade Stand is a two-day business building and entrepreneur program for 9-12 year olds, currently run during school holidays. LaunchVic funding will help expand the program into schools and online, significantly increasing the scale and reach of the program and inspiring a new generation of young entrepreneurs.|
|Young Entrepreneurs Mentoring Scheme||iGen Foundation||$70,000||Young Entrepreneurs Mentoring (YEM) pilot provides 15-30 year olds with entrepreneurial skills and knowledge as well as the networks to help them unlock doors to new business opportunities.|
|A world class tech and startup destination||Convenory Campus||$200,000||Convenory Campus aims to build a world class tech and startup destination at the Abbottsford Convent featuring share-laboratories, conference facilities, hardware assembly, on-demand childcare and co-working zones. LaunchVic funding will lay the foundation for the Convenory team to bring their vision to reality.|
|Australian Sports Technologies Network||Australian Sports Technologies Network Ltd||$280,000||Melbourne is a world leader in sport – now the aim is to make Melbourne the world leader in sports technology. LaunchVic funding will enable an entrepreneur-in-residence – supporting 15-20 sports tech startups over a two year period – as well as development of a best practice playbook and hosting of a World Championships for Sports Analytics.|
|Cybersecurity Incubator||Dimension Data||$450,000||Dimension Data and Deakin University will set up a cyber security incubator in order to accelerate the development of unique cyber security solutions and intellectual property. Located at Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus, the incubator will help address the burgeoning skills shortage in the Australian cyber security industry.|
|Dream Factory makerspace||Inspire9||$650,000||Co-working business Inspire9 will establish a makerspace in the new Dream Factory building in Footscray, providing startups, entrepreneurs, artists and hobbyists with access to facilities such as 3D printing, digital sewing, laser cutting and a virtual reality lab. The aim is to unlock digital manufacturing capacities in a region that has seen traditional manufacturing in decline.|
|Harnessing the experienced economy||Fifth Institute||$200,000||Startups aren’t just for the young. The Fifth Institute aims to lift the number and success rate of startups emerging from the experienced economy (those aged 50 and over). This will tap into the emergence of ‘seniorpreneurs” as the fastest growing segment of new business owners in Australia.|
|Launching agtech startups||Rocket Seeder||$675,000||A startup accelerator program focusing on supporting innovation in agricultural technology, Rocket Seeder will support motivated agtech entrepreneurs with a comprehensive coaching program and will connect them with mentors, industry partners, and investors. Linking city and country, there will be a Melbourne-based hub with programs initially in Shepparton, Sale, Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Colac, Horsham, Wondonga, Mildura and Warrnambool.|
|Regional Accelerator Program||La Trobe University||$1 million||A regional accelerator program, led by La Trobe University and including Federation and Deakin Universities, will harness the best and brightest minds of regional Victoria to boost the economy and agricultural jobs. Participants will have access to funding, office space, structured mentoring programs, networking and local, national and international pitching opportunities.|
|Runway||Runway||$1.25 million||This major startup initiative in Geelong will act as a catalyst for innovation in the region, creating new businesses and jobs through the provision of mentoring, networks, training and access to venture capital. Its objective is to launch a startup culture in Geelong that will establish the city as a global centre for innovation and entrepreneurship.|
|StartupBootCamp Melbourne||Startupbootcamp||$600,000||Startupbootcamp, the world-renowned accelerator network has received LaunchVic funding to develop and scale startups in the fields of Internet of Things (IoT) and Data Tech. With a planned launch in 2017, Startupbootcamp will be inviting Asia-Pacific’s best IoT and data startups to come to Melbourne to join and boost the local ecosystem. Startupbootcamp accelerator programs offer startups access to a global investor and mentor network, which will encourage overseas corporations to look to Melbourne for IoT and data solutions.|
|Fintech Ecosystem||Fintech||$300,000||LaunchVic has entered into an exclusive partner arrangement with FinTech Australia to host the inaugural FinTech Australia conference in Melbourne in November this year. This will be the largest gathering of domestic and international FinTech players in the country and will be a major boost for the local community. In addition, LaunchVic in partnership with the Victorian Government and the FinTech community, will soon be developing a FinTech strategy to guide the development of, and investment in, the FinTech ecosystem in Victoria.|
|Startup Victoria||Startup Victoria||$300,000||LaunchVic has partnered with Startup Victoria to deliver two key projects for the Victorian startup community. The first involves developing a digital platform that will be a single source for the Victorian startup ecosystem to find information about events, jobs and funding opportunities. Startup Victoria will also undertake extensive mapping of the ecosystem providing deeper insights into the current state of the ecosystem and how we should direct our efforts to stimulate growth.|
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