Governor of Victoria Startup Awards

The Governor of Victoria Startup Awards are supported by The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, and will be presented at Government House in early 2022. The awards will recognise winners in five categories:

- Best Newcomer for firms less than three years old;

- Startup of the Year for those that have had a minimum Series A in the last four years;

- Scaleup of the Year for firms less than ten years old;

- Investor of the Year featuring a People’s Choice and Expert Panel’s Choice; and

- Ecosystem Hero of the Year featuring a People’s Choice and Expert Panel’s Choice.

Voting Process

The awards for Best Newcomer, Startup of the Year and Scaleup of the Year categories will be selected from a shortlist of the top 30 Victorian startups based on criteria that includes: money raised, age of firm and job creation or number of employees.

This data will come from LaunchVic’s startup database findingstartups.launchvic.org, powered by Dealroom.

Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to provide a written submission to be assessed by an external expert panel.

People's Choice

Nominations for the Investor of the Year and Ecosystem Hero of the Year categories are being sought from the startup community, which will then be put to a public vote.

Nominations close Midnight Sunday 28 November.

The winners will be announced at an invite-only awards ceremony at Government House.

FAQs

  • The Governor of Victoria Startup Awards are supported by The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, and will be presented at Government House in early 2022. Initiated by the Victorian Government, the awards celebrate the outstanding contribution to the fast-growing sector.

  • You will be advised by LaunchVic if you have been nominated/shortlisted for a specific category at which you can communicate your wish to either be involved or not at this time.

  • The Best Newcomer, Startup of the Year and Scaleup of the Year categories will be selected using quantitative data from Dealroom’s findingstartups.launchvic.org’s database 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 Ecosystem Hero of the Year. The Top nominations for each of these categories will then be put to the public to vote on. An expert panel will also select an Ecosystem Hero of the Year to be announced following the People’s Choice.

  • Yes, as long as you are nominating a Victorian-based startup, scaleup, investor, or community builder.

  • You can only vote once for the Investor of the Year and the Ecosystem hero of the year.

  • For the Investor of the Year and Ecosystem Hero of the Year award, LaunchVic will invite nominations from the public. A shortlist of the top nominees for each category who received the most nominations will then be released to the public to vote on.

  • The Best Newcomer, Startup of the Year and Scaleup of the Year categories will be selected using quantitative data from LaunchVic’s startup database, findingstartups.launchvic.org, powered by Dealroom, rather than a nomination process. For the Ecosystem Hero of the Year award, LaunchVic will invite nominations from the public and create a shortlist of nominees from all of the submitted nominations, released for public vote.

  • 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.

  • The Expert Panel includes Rachel Yang, Partner, Giant Leap; David Swan, Technology Editor, The Australian; Con Frantzeskos, CEO, Penso; Kate Dinon, Managing Director, Character + Distinction; Paul Guerra, CEO, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

  • LaunchVic as Victoria’s startup agency is coordinating the Awards Process, using both quantitative (Dealroom) and qualitative (Victorian expert panel) metrics to evaluate nominations.

  • We anticipate these awards will become a regular, annual event hosted by the Governor of Victoria.