LaunchVic News

LaunchVic Board Update

07 Jul 2020

The Minister for Innovation, the Hon Jaala Pulford has announced changes to the LaunchVic Board

We welcome Leigh Jasper as LaunchVic Chair along with Ilona Charles, Aneetha de Silva and Teresa Engelhard as incoming Directors.  

LaunchVic would like to acknowledge extraordinary efforts and dedication of outgoing Directors Laura Anderson, Tim Fawcett and Anne Bennett.

During their tenure Laura, Tim and Anne have all made enormous contributions to both LaunchVic and Victorian Startup Ecosystem more broadly, which has more than doubled in valuation from US$1.6 billion in 2018 to US$4.8 billion in 2020.

Chaired by Laura, the LaunchVic Board led the development of the strategy that oversaw this phenomenal growth. In addition, Tim chaired the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee helping LaunchVic to develop robust governance systems and processes. Anne contributed as a key member of Grants & Funding Committee that has overseen funding to over 115 programs.

The LaunchVic team would like to thank Laura, Tim and Anne for their leadership, support and advice as well as the enduring legacy they leave as we continue to grow the Victorian Startup Ecosystem. 

Quotes Attributable to LaunchVic CEO, Dr Kate Cornick

‘On behalf of the LaunchVic team I’d like to thank Laura Anderson, Anne Bennett and Tim Fawcett for their enormous contributions to LaunchVic.  Under their leadership, we’ve seen the valuation of the Victorian Startup ecosystem increase from US$1.6 billion valuation in 2018 to a US$4.8 billion in 2020.’

‘I’d like to welcome incoming Chair Leigh Jasper and Directors Ilona Charles, Teresa Engelhard and Aneetha de Silva, and thank Catriona Larritt and Con Frantzeskos for their continued service to LaunchVic, as we continue to grow the Victorian Startup Ecosystem’.

Ministerial press release


COVID-19 Update

16 Mar 2020

LaunchVic’s Board and Management are closely monitoring the advice from the Victorian State Government, the Australian Federal Government and the World Health Organisation regarding the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

In line with our commitment to providing a safe environment for LaunchVic Team Members and more broadly the Victorian Startup Community, we have taken a number of proactive measures. LaunchVic staff are now working from home with meetings to be hosted virtually. Regarding the pre-planned LaunchVic events and workshops scheduled in coming weeks, we will either postpone or put in place contingencies to enable these events to run online. Those attending will be communicated with directly by LaunchVic.

Meanwhile LaunchVic’s Program Partners have been contacted to continue to reinforce the importance of putting contingencies in place to ensure their participants are safe. If you are a registered participant or attendee seeking further advice, please get in touch with your program. 

In the meantime stay healthy.

The LaunchVic Team.



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