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LaunchVic’s investments are set to unlock up to $280 million for the Victorian early-stage capital market by 2024. Learn more about our work growing Victoria’s investor community.
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A new sidecar fund, the $1 million Hugh Victor McKay Fund, is now open for applications and will invest up to $200,000 into at least five early-stage startups in the next 12 months.
The fund is named after pioneering Victorian inventor Hugh Victor McKay, who patented the original combine harvester in the 1880s – widely credited as one of the most important agricultural innovations in recent history.
26 Sep 2023
Callout for Victoria’s next wave of unicorns
23 Aug 2023
Victorian Startup Ecosystem Outperforms Growth Expectations
16 Aug 2023
New Funding to Flow for AgTech Innovation
09 Aug 2023
ClimateTech startup HAL Systems raises $850,000 in seed funding
Named after the founder of Australia’s first all-woman motor garage in the 1920s, the Alice Anderson Fund is a $15 million angel sidecar fund supporting women-led startups.
Our fund co-invests between $50,000 and $300,000 in early-stage deals put forward by investors to increase the funding pool available to Victorian women.
The enterprise value of Victoria’s entire startup ecosystem (including startups, scaleups and unicorns) is now $91 billion – Victoria’s startup ecosystem is now the same size as Tel Aviv in 2016.
Melbourne’s early-stage Ecosystem Value has increased by 56 per cent in the past year – up from $23.6 billion (AUD) to $36.9 billion (AUD).
Startups Start Here is a new campaign from LaunchVic promoting the Victorian Startup Ecosystem, and the people and the place that makes it great.
Read the stories of Victorian founders and investors that have grown here.
Explore the ecosystem with our interactive startup map.
THRIVE 2023 is LaunchVic’s flagship innovation conference for regional Victoria.
Featuring keynote speeches from the Hon. Ben Carroll, Victorian Minister for Innovation and Industry and former member for Indi and now Agrifutures Chair, Cathy McGowan AO, Thrive will provide a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship and the power of harnessing startup activity in regional communities.