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Nominations from the public now closed.
Five award categories will recognise Victorian startup achievement.
Individual Categories (Nominated by the public)
*For the period ending 31 December 2023
The awards for Best Newcomer, Startup of the Year and Scaleup of the Year categories are selected from a shortlist of the top 30 Victorian startups based on criteria that include: money raised, age of the firm and job creation or number of employees.
This data comes from LaunchVic’s startup database, dealroom.launchvic.org, powered by global startup and VC platform dealroom.co.
Shortlisted applicants provide a written submission assessed by an external expert panel.
For the Investor of the Year and Ecosystem Hero of the Year awards, LaunchVic invites nominations from the public.
Nominations closed 10am Thursday 29 February.
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This year, we have consolidated the regional ecosystem hero with the ecosystem hero of the year category.
In previous years, we’ve found many of the same individuals were being nominated for both awards and are worthy of being assessed in the same category regardless of their location.
The Best Newcomer, Startup of the Year and Scaleup of the Year categories will be selected using quantitative data from LaunchVic’s startup database, dealroom.launchvic.org, rather than a nomination process.
However, you are welcome to nominate yourself, or someone you believe is worthy for the Investor of the Year and the Ecosystem Hero of the Year categories. The top nominations for each category will then be put to an external expert panel to decide the winner.
LaunchVic will advise you if you have been shortlisted for a specific category at which time you can communicate your wish to be involved.
Yes, as long as you are nominating a Victorian-based startup, scaleup, investor, or community builder.
The Best Newcomer, Startup of the Year and Scaleup of the Year categories will be selected using quantitative data from LaunchVic’s startup database, This data comes from LaunchVic’s startup database, dealroom.launchvic.org rather than a nomination process.
For the Investor of the Year and Ecosystem Hero of the Year, LaunchVic will invite nominations from the public.
The LaunchVic team will shortlist the top nominations for each category based on the eligibility criteria, and our external expert panel will assess this list to determine the winners.
No, not in the same category.
There is no ‘prize’ (monetary or in-kind). However, the winner receives ‘acknowledgment’ of the highest order from the Governor of Victoria for being #1 ranked in front of their colleagues and peers.
LaunchVic, as Victoria’s startup agency, is coordinating the Awards Process, using both quantitative (Dealroom) and qualitative (Victorian expert panel) metrics to evaluate nominations.