New Plan Eyes Long Term Success Of Startup Sector Announcements 11 Aug 2021 by Holly Clark Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 August 2021 LaunchVic, Victoria’s startup agency, today released its four-year plan outlining how it will take Victoria’s $7 billion startup sector to the next level from 2021-2024. LaunchVic CEO Dr Kate Cornick said the agency was focused on driving the longterm success of Victoria’s startup sector via new dedicated funding streams and, when appropriate, seeking a return on investment from the private sector. “To date, LaunchVic has activated more than $129 million in private sector investment, invested in 130 programs and 19 accelerators, supported hundreds of Victorian startups to scale and upskilled more than 9,800 entrepreneurs.” “While this is extremely positive, we also know that startup ecosystems take time to develop and there is still a way to go before we become a self-sustaining startup ecosystem. “The work we are doing now – particularly with regard to early-stage investment – is foundational and will dramatically alter the startup ecosystem in the next 5 to 10 years.” Priorities for LaunchVic include driving continuous improvements in the startup investment landscape and early-stage venture capital market in Victoria; supporting programs that will grow more scaleups; and awareness and advocacy for Victoria’s startup ecosystem. In what marks a new approach for agency, LaunchVic will invest either through an equity stake in, or by providing a loan to, certain for-profit entities. This investment approach will only apply to organisations that invest in outcomes of their programs, for example Startmate’s Accelerator Program. LaunchVic intends to reinvest any returns back into the ecosystem. LaunchVic Chair Leigh Jasper said the focus for LaunchVic over the next four years is to catalyse the Victorian startup ecosystem to drive greater startup creation, faster company growth and more jobs. “Startups are proven job multipliers – adding thousands of net new jobs to the economy at faster rates than other sectors. It is critical we harness this as we expect the sector to play a major part in Victoria and Australia’s economy. Key measures underway include the Victorian Startup Capital Fund – a $60 million Fund that will leverage $180 million of private sector investment for early-stage startup and the Alice Anderson Fund – a $10 million fund that will leverage a further $30m by co-investing in women-led early-stage startups.” LaunchVic will also focus on ensuring more startups scale to become success stories such as Victorian scaleups Marketplacer, Amber Electric and Mr Yum through programs that support, educate and upskill founders, investors and talent. The Victorian State Budget released in November 2020 allocated a total of $186.2 million to the continued growth of Victoria’s startup ecosystem. learn more About LaunchVic LaunchVic is Victoria’s startup agency. Our role is to fuel the growth of Victoria’s startup ecosystem. We do this by building the confidence and capability of Victorians to create, scale and invest in startups. We were established by the Victorian Government in 2016.