Support For Regional Victorian Startup Entrepreneur Programs

Building a Vibrant Regional Victorian Startup Community

Key Timings

Indicative timings for this program include:

EOI Open: 16 June 2022
Information Session: 12pm 23 June [Watch the recording]
EOI Closed: 10am 21 July 2022
EOI Outcomes: advised via email week commencing Monday 1 August
RFP Outcomes: announced 28 October 2023

LaunchVic has proudly supported the development of regional startup ecosystems across Victoria. However, there is more work to do - only 3% of founders identify as regional despite 25% of Victoria’s population living outside Melbourne. LaunchVic wants to build a vibrant regional Victorian startup community by helping early-stage ecosystem development activities in regional centres.

LaunchVic is inviting Expressions of Interest from New and Existing organisations recommending the areas of programming required to grow their local startup ecosystem with the objectives of:

  • Encourage startup ecosystem development activities in regional Victoria;
  • Encourage people to consider a pathway into the startup ecosystem
  • Increase the number of early-stage startups being created in regional Victoria.

Programs currently funded by LaunchVic that operate in regional Victoria and are seeking re-funding and consortia proposals will be considered.

The successful EOI applicants were invited to submit a detailed Request for Proposal (RFP). Successful RFP applicants could receive funding of between $50,000 and $300,000 (exclusive of GST) over 1-2 years. Funds are to be used for Operating Costs.

Through this round, we sought ideas that would support startup entrepreneurship in regional Victoria and increase the number of early-stage startups.

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Successful Recipients

RecipientProjectFunding Program Description
Clear DynamicsStartup Central Victoria$260,000The Startup Central Victoria program will continue to build local capacity to support startups through regional expert presenters, mentors and a collaborative ecosystem, and inspire and engage with aspiring entrepreneurs through a series of events and delivery of two pre-accelerator programs.
Latrobe City CouncilStartup Gippsland Ecosystem Activation Program$180,000The Startup Gippsland Ecosystem Activation Program will drive engagement within the community by running large and smaller events for startups across Gippsland and set up an online community to build relationships and connections between founders and mentors.
Regional Development MilduraGetUp StartUp Mildura$100,000Mildura Regional Development will run a 12-month program of skills development, events and programs that will help to grow the startup ecosystem that is led by local entrepreneurs with a long-term view.
Warrnambool City CouncilGreat South Coast Startup Ecosystem$250,000To strengthen the innovative startup culture in the Great South Coast, Warrnambool City will lead a program of activities to accelerate the ecosystem and support startup and scale-up potential in the Great South Coast region.