Round 9

Expert-in-Residences (EIRs) for Coworking Spaces

Opened: 3 August 2018

Assessment begins: 3 September 2018

Assessment timeline: approximately 6 weeks 

Closed: 5pm AEDST 28 February 2019

Successful recipients announced: via the LaunchVic website

Questions & Contact: Check out the FAQs if your question isn’t answered, please get in touch with the LaunchVic Grants team via email grants@launchvic.org

This funding opportunity is specifically targeted at supporting LaunchVic to position Victoria as an internationally recognised startup ecosystem through enhancing capability and excellence in the Victorian startup community.

To achieve this, LaunchVic is seeking applications from coworking spaces seeking to provide access to experienced startup professionals (Experts-In-Residence or EIRs) to their resident startups and the broader Victorian startup ecosystem.

Coworking spaces are hubs of innovation where startups base themselves through their early growth phase for support, guidance and collaboration opportunities amongst other things. The purpose of this program is to support growth and learning opportunities for resident startups by attracting EIRs that will provide business guidance, mentorship and support for startups to improve their business capabilities. The program will favour EIRs with strong international experience and networks, and this is expected to support Victorian startups with global connections. The program is also expected to stimulate collaboration in and between Victorian coworking spaces.

LaunchVic will invest up to $25,000 per successful application to support travel, accommodation and program activities of EIRs where the length of the EIR program is 4 weeks or longer. Applications requesting more than $25,000 will be considered but must be high calibre.

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Recipients: 24 May 2019

EIR: Omar de Silva, Founder of SOAR & Adam Valastro, Founder of Travelling Tradies
Funding Amount: $24,700
Program Details: 
This EIR program will be delivered by Omar de Silva, an experienced serial entrepreneur, educator and advisor and Adam Valastro Founder, CEO – Travelling Tradies. Through this program, CreativeCubes will offer members and the broader startup community a series of educational breakfasts, full-day development workshops and 1:1 mentoring with Omar and Adam to provide support in the leadership and strategy development of founders and their teams.


About CreativeCubes

Located in Richmond and Hawthorn, CreativeCubes is a collaborative coworking community that supports startups go to the next level.

EIR: Mary Karolyi, Principal of The HQ Hub 
Funding Amount: $25,000
Program Details: This EIR program will focus on financial skills and scaling up sensibly. Delivered by Mary Karolyi, Principal, The HQ Hub, the program includes a month long financial mentoring program with specialist advice tailored specifically to each startup and educational workshops. Mary is a chartered accountant with over 20 years of finance experience including over 10 years working as a CFO for various startups.



About Happy Hubbub

Happy Hubbub opened its doors in February 2016 as one of Australia’s first coworking spaces with an on-site, fully licensed childcare facility. Located in Preston, the Hubbub is passionate about facilitating the success and growth of female-led startups, by supporting founders who would otherwise be unable to work effectively on their businesses due to childcare responsibilities. 

EIR: Remco Marcelis, Founder & Managing Partner of Standard Ledger
Funding Amount: $25,000
Program Details: This educational and mentoring program will be delivered by Remco Marcelis, from startup-focused accounting firm Standard Ledger. Remco’s career combines management consulting experience with experience as a CFO inside tech, medtech and crypto startups and as a virtual CFO for the past 10 years. He has worked with venture capital firms, and has helped raise and invest more than $40 million. Remco teaches finances topics at General Assembly and entrepreneurial programs for the University of Adelaide and Swinburne University. This EIR program will include a series of general finance and specific startup-focused financial talks over a 7 week period, with open office hours available for deeper dive discussions.


About Hub Australia

Hub Australia first opened in Melbourne in 2011 and now supports 1200 members growing their businesses with Melbourne locations Hub Southern Cross and Hub Collins Street.

EIR: Peter Dostis, Founder & CEO of Runway
Funding Amount: $24,500
Program Details: This EIR program will be delivered by Peter Dostis, CEO of Runway Geelong. Peter founded and co-developed the Runway Geelong accelerator program in 2016. He has supported a number of startups through mentoring and coaching across regional Victoria. This EIR program will be delivered in Wodonga and include a two-day bootcamp delivered three times and 1:1 mentoring. The program will provide startup entrepreneurs with the essentials skills required to validate their idea/opportunity and where a real opportunity is present translate this into a clear strategy and equip them with the tools and skills to pitch their venture to grow and further commercialise their product or service.


About Regional Business Hubs

Based in North East Victoria, Regional Business Hubs (locally known as TheHUB Wodonga) provides a friendly, vibrant and professional spaces for working and collaborating with other like-minded people. In addition to providing work spaces TheHUB Wodonga hosts meet-ups, networking, and educational sessions for members and the public.

EIR: Karen Cohen, Director of Blockconsulting Group
Funding Amount: $25,000
Program Details: 

This EIR program will be delivered by Karen Cohen, Director of Blockconsulting group at the Victorian Innovation Hub. With over 20 years experience in HR and Management and a FinTech Finnies award finalist, Karen is passionate about developing opportunities for women in technology and preparing women for board opportunities. This EIR program will include an educational program covering topics such as business strategy and board readiness, a mentoring program and networking events to introduce emerging women in FinTech to other female leaders and corporates.


About Stone And Chalk

Stone Amd Chalk is an independent, not-for-profit Fintech hub. S&C fosters and accelerates the development of world-leading Fintech startups and acts as a centre of gravity for the local Fintech ecosystem.

  • EIR: Omar de Silva, Founder of SOAR & Adam Valastro, Founder of Travelling Tradies
    Funding Amount: $24,700
    Program Details: 
    This EIR program will be delivered by Omar de Silva, an experienced serial entrepreneur, educator and advisor and Adam Valastro Founder, CEO – Travelling Tradies. Through this program, CreativeCubes will offer members and the broader startup community a series of educational breakfasts, full-day development workshops and 1:1 mentoring with Omar and Adam to provide support in the leadership and strategy development of founders and their teams.


    About CreativeCubes

    Located in Richmond and Hawthorn, CreativeCubes is a collaborative coworking community that supports startups go to the next level.

  • EIR: Mary Karolyi, Principal of The HQ Hub 
    Funding Amount: $25,000
    Program Details: This EIR program will focus on financial skills and scaling up sensibly. Delivered by Mary Karolyi, Principal, The HQ Hub, the program includes a month long financial mentoring program with specialist advice tailored specifically to each startup and educational workshops. Mary is a chartered accountant with over 20 years of finance experience including over 10 years working as a CFO for various startups.



    About Happy Hubbub

    Happy Hubbub opened its doors in February 2016 as one of Australia’s first coworking spaces with an on-site, fully licensed childcare facility. Located in Preston, the Hubbub is passionate about facilitating the success and growth of female-led startups, by supporting founders who would otherwise be unable to work effectively on their businesses due to childcare responsibilities. 

  • EIR: Remco Marcelis, Founder & Managing Partner of Standard Ledger
    Funding Amount: $25,000
    Program Details: This educational and mentoring program will be delivered by Remco Marcelis, from startup-focused accounting firm Standard Ledger. Remco’s career combines management consulting experience with experience as a CFO inside tech, medtech and crypto startups and as a virtual CFO for the past 10 years. He has worked with venture capital firms, and has helped raise and invest more than $40 million. Remco teaches finances topics at General Assembly and entrepreneurial programs for the University of Adelaide and Swinburne University. This EIR program will include a series of general finance and specific startup-focused financial talks over a 7 week period, with open office hours available for deeper dive discussions.


    About Hub Australia

    Hub Australia first opened in Melbourne in 2011 and now supports 1200 members growing their businesses with Melbourne locations Hub Southern Cross and Hub Collins Street.

  • EIR: Peter Dostis, Founder & CEO of Runway
    Funding Amount: $24,500
    Program Details: This EIR program will be delivered by Peter Dostis, CEO of Runway Geelong. Peter founded and co-developed the Runway Geelong accelerator program in 2016. He has supported a number of startups through mentoring and coaching across regional Victoria. This EIR program will be delivered in Wodonga and include a two-day bootcamp delivered three times and 1:1 mentoring. The program will provide startup entrepreneurs with the essentials skills required to validate their idea/opportunity and where a real opportunity is present translate this into a clear strategy and equip them with the tools and skills to pitch their venture to grow and further commercialise their product or service.


    About Regional Business Hubs

    Based in North East Victoria, Regional Business Hubs (locally known as TheHUB Wodonga) provides a friendly, vibrant and professional spaces for working and collaborating with other like-minded people. In addition to providing work spaces TheHUB Wodonga hosts meet-ups, networking, and educational sessions for members and the public.

  • EIR: Karen Cohen, Director of Blockconsulting Group
    Funding Amount: $25,000
    Program Details: 

    This EIR program will be delivered by Karen Cohen, Director of Blockconsulting group at the Victorian Innovation Hub. With over 20 years experience in HR and Management and a FinTech Finnies award finalist, Karen is passionate about developing opportunities for women in technology and preparing women for board opportunities. This EIR program will include an educational program covering topics such as business strategy and board readiness, a mentoring program and networking events to introduce emerging women in FinTech to other female leaders and corporates.


    About Stone And Chalk

    Stone Amd Chalk is an independent, not-for-profit Fintech hub. S&C fosters and accelerates the development of world-leading Fintech startups and acts as a centre of gravity for the local Fintech ecosystem.

Recipients: 31 Jan 2019

EIR: Ned Dwyer, Founder of Very Labs & Spritz.works 
Funding Amount: $23,500
Program Details: 
This Neighbourhood EIR program will be delivered by Ned Dwyer, founder of Very Labs a product incubator based in San Francisco and most recently Spritz.works an expense management and corporate card product. Prior to Very Labs Ned was Director of Product at GoDaddy, he is a mentor and investor in Startmate and has consulted for companies including Shopify, Everproof and Biteable. Through this EIR program Ned will deliver workshops on customer validation, sales, marketing & product and 1:1 office hours. He will assist founders by putting them on the path to revenue with paying customers, or acceptance into a top tier accelerator program.


About Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood was designed specifically for creative professionals. Inspiring buildings, limited seats, familiar faces, and more opportunities to create. 

EIR: Sam Hemphill, Teacher, Coder, Speaker at Meeum
Funding Amount: $25,000
Program details: Sam Hemphill’s “Tech for Non-Tech Startup Founders” will empower non-technical founders with technical knowledge, the capability to communicate in digital marketplaces, the skills to prototype ideas and the benefits of 1:1 expert mentoring. Sam Hemphill has previously designed and taught coding classes at General Assembly. Through his work with Meeum, he has helped countless startups get to grips with the technology and web development areas of their businesses and enabled those businesses to flourish.


About Path Hunting

Founded in 2014 by Bec Mutch, PathHunting (formerly The Cowork Co) is home to 30 founders with 80% of members either running or working in female-led businesses and come from a non-tech background. Non-technical entrepreneurs can feel on the back foot when it comes to launching and scaling startups. 

EIR: Tom Allen, Founder & CEO, Impact Boom
Funding Amount: $25,000
Program Details: This mentoring program will be delivered at ReActivate Latrobe Valley in Morwell by Tom Allen, Founder & CEO, Impact Boom. Tom actively empowers entrepreneurs to unleash their greatest potential to create a better world. Tom leads the Elevate+ Accelerator Program which helps early stage social entrepreneurs develop and scale their impact. Through this EIR program, a four part series of social impact startup masterclasses will be available to Latrobe Valley’s emerging startup community, delivering content and mentorship that is highly-tailored to local needs and opportunities, and embedding meaningful collaboration, networking and exposure to local, national and global audiences.


About Reactivate LaTrobe Valley

ReActivate Latrobe Valley inspires and enables local communities to respond to change and thrive. They aim to inspire optimism by gathering and testing creative ideas for local spaces and economies.

EIR: Viki Forrest, CEO, ANZA Technology Network
Funding Amount: $31,700
Program details: This EIR program will be delivered by Viki Forrest, CEO, ANZA Technology Network. Viki’s experience in the technology sector spans more than 30 years across Australia, Asia and the United States. She joined Bullant in Sydney as employee No. 5 and was instrumental in helping the company raise $25m and relocate to San Francisco in 2001. As the CEO of ANZA Technology Network in San Francisco, Viki has showcased over 200 Australian and New Zealand companies in Silicon Valley and is credited with bringing 70 Australian companies to the US. This EIR program will support startup founders to build a fast-growth, highly-scalable, global business with a focus on entering the US market. 


About Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood was designed specifically for creative professionals. Inspiring buildings, limited seats, familiar faces, and more opportunities to create. 

EIR: Demetrio Zema, Founder & Chief Problem Solver, Law Squared
Funding Amount: $25,000
Program Details: This EIR program will be delivered at the WeWork’s 114 William Street Melbourne workspace that spans 2 floors with over 250 members. Being located within the legal district of Melbourne, legal and recruitment startups can be found together with healthtech apps and digital designers. WeWork members will have the opportunity to grow, learn and be inspired, by Demetrio Zema Founder and Chief Problem Solver, Law Squared. Law Squared is a specialised commercial law and litigation firm which works with entrepreneurs, startups and commercial businesses. Demetrio will deliver an EIR program consisting of founder dinners, open office hours and public talks.


About WeWork

Since inception in 2010, WeWork has grown to 400 locations across 100 cities. The global shared workspace company WeWork supports both startups and larger scale enterprise members at three buildings across Melbourne.

  • EIR: Ned Dwyer, Founder of Very Labs & Spritz.works 
    Funding Amount: $23,500
    Program Details: 
    This Neighbourhood EIR program will be delivered by Ned Dwyer, founder of Very Labs a product incubator based in San Francisco and most recently Spritz.works an expense management and corporate card product. Prior to Very Labs Ned was Director of Product at GoDaddy, he is a mentor and investor in Startmate and has consulted for companies including Shopify, Everproof and Biteable. Through this EIR program Ned will deliver workshops on customer validation, sales, marketing & product and 1:1 office hours. He will assist founders by putting them on the path to revenue with paying customers, or acceptance into a top tier accelerator program.


    About Neighbourhood

    Neighbourhood was designed specifically for creative professionals. Inspiring buildings, limited seats, familiar faces, and more opportunities to create. 

  • EIR: Sam Hemphill, Teacher, Coder, Speaker at Meeum
    Funding Amount: $25,000
    Program details: Sam Hemphill’s “Tech for Non-Tech Startup Founders” will empower non-technical founders with technical knowledge, the capability to communicate in digital marketplaces, the skills to prototype ideas and the benefits of 1:1 expert mentoring. Sam Hemphill has previously designed and taught coding classes at General Assembly. Through his work with Meeum, he has helped countless startups get to grips with the technology and web development areas of their businesses and enabled those businesses to flourish.


    About Path Hunting

    Founded in 2014 by Bec Mutch, PathHunting (formerly The Cowork Co) is home to 30 founders with 80% of members either running or working in female-led businesses and come from a non-tech background. Non-technical entrepreneurs can feel on the back foot when it comes to launching and scaling startups. 

  • EIR: Tom Allen, Founder & CEO, Impact Boom
    Funding Amount: $25,000
    Program Details: This mentoring program will be delivered at ReActivate Latrobe Valley in Morwell by Tom Allen, Founder & CEO, Impact Boom. Tom actively empowers entrepreneurs to unleash their greatest potential to create a better world. Tom leads the Elevate+ Accelerator Program which helps early stage social entrepreneurs develop and scale their impact. Through this EIR program, a four part series of social impact startup masterclasses will be available to Latrobe Valley’s emerging startup community, delivering content and mentorship that is highly-tailored to local needs and opportunities, and embedding meaningful collaboration, networking and exposure to local, national and global audiences.


    About Reactivate LaTrobe Valley

    ReActivate Latrobe Valley inspires and enables local communities to respond to change and thrive. They aim to inspire optimism by gathering and testing creative ideas for local spaces and economies.

  • EIR: Viki Forrest, CEO, ANZA Technology Network
    Funding Amount: $31,700
    Program details: This EIR program will be delivered by Viki Forrest, CEO, ANZA Technology Network. Viki’s experience in the technology sector spans more than 30 years across Australia, Asia and the United States. She joined Bullant in Sydney as employee No. 5 and was instrumental in helping the company raise $25m and relocate to San Francisco in 2001. As the CEO of ANZA Technology Network in San Francisco, Viki has showcased over 200 Australian and New Zealand companies in Silicon Valley and is credited with bringing 70 Australian companies to the US. This EIR program will support startup founders to build a fast-growth, highly-scalable, global business with a focus on entering the US market. 


    About Neighbourhood

    Neighbourhood was designed specifically for creative professionals. Inspiring buildings, limited seats, familiar faces, and more opportunities to create. 

  • EIR: Demetrio Zema, Founder & Chief Problem Solver, Law Squared
    Funding Amount: $25,000
    Program Details: This EIR program will be delivered at the WeWork’s 114 William Street Melbourne workspace that spans 2 floors with over 250 members. Being located within the legal district of Melbourne, legal and recruitment startups can be found together with healthtech apps and digital designers. WeWork members will have the opportunity to grow, learn and be inspired, by Demetrio Zema Founder and Chief Problem Solver, Law Squared. Law Squared is a specialised commercial law and litigation firm which works with entrepreneurs, startups and commercial businesses. Demetrio will deliver an EIR program consisting of founder dinners, open office hours and public talks.


    About WeWork

    Since inception in 2010, WeWork has grown to 400 locations across 100 cities. The global shared workspace company WeWork supports both startups and larger scale enterprise members at three buildings across Melbourne.

Recipients: 29 Oct 2018

EIR: Andre Eikmeier, Co-Founder of Vinomofo
Funding Amount: $28,000
Program Details: Through this program, startups at United Co will have the opportunity to learn directly from the Co-Founder of one of Australia’s fastest-growing companies and an international leader in innovation, disruption and culture. Andre Eikmeier of Vinomofo will deliver workshops, weekly office hours and a major event over 1 month at United Co, a newly established coworking space in Fitzroy. Vinomofo launched in April 2011 from a little garage in Adelaide and has since grown quickly and profitably to a run rate of over $50m revenue, 450,000 members and a team of over 100. 


About United Co. 
United Co. is a Melbourne coworking and shared office space designed to guide you in your professional journey.

EIR: Dr. Zivit Inbar, Founder and CEO DifferenThinking
Funding Amount: $25,000
Program Details: The EIBC’s program will be delivered by Dr Zivit Inbar, CEO and Founder of DifferenThinking. Run over 6 weeks, the program will include events, workshops and mentoring on topics such as ICOs and crowd funding, VCs, angel investment, accelerator programs, trade missions and pitching skills.


About the EIBC

Since 2015 the Eastern Innovation Business Centre (EIBC) has been supporting startups and corporate innovators in Melbourne’s South-East and East to develop new products and services for commercialisation and providing opportunities to learn, exchange ideas and collaborate. 


EIR: Oscar McLennan, Investor and Startmate Mentor
Funding Amount: $25,000
Program Details: This mentoring program will be delivered by Oscar McLennan, Investor and Startmate Mentor at The Commons in Collingwood. Run over 3 months, small group or 1:1 mentoring sessions will be tailored and focus on the most significant challenges facing startups. Topics may include: investment readiness, telling your startup story, go-to-market strategy, product strategy, hiring and firing, user and sales growth, traction channels, business measurement and accelerator programs. 


About The Commons

Launching 3 years ago, The Commons has 4 locations and   supports over 500 residents with over 70% of businesses experiencing growth since joining and over half having collaborated together.

EIR: Ruy Lopes De Barros, Impact and Innovation Manager, Flying Rhino
Funding Amount: $25,000
Program Details: This program will be delivered by Ruy Lopes De Barros, Impact and Innovation Manager, Flying Rhino. Ruy has been working on innovation and entrepreneurship in Brazil and abroad for a number of years. The program will be run over 3 months and include   talks, workshops and mentorship. There will also be a focus on facilitating global connections for members and the broader Victorian ecosystem.


About Happy Spaces

Happy Spaces is a growing network of local community coworking spaces. With locations in Black Rock and Hampton supporting over 80 members, Happy Spaces focuses on cultivating collaboration, innovation and education in suburban areas. 

EIR: Kate Kendall, Founder and CEO of CloudPeeps
Funding Amount: $25,000
Program Details: The One Roof Expert-in-Residence (EIR) program will be delivered by Kate Kendall, a global tech entrepreneur,   community builder, and advisor with a decade of experience. Kate founded investor-backed talent marketplace CloudPeeps, event-discovery platform The Fetch and Freelance Friday community. 

The EIR program will include a 12-week pre-accelerator startup pilot program for early-stage female founders. The program will help female founders launch products and position themselves for future accelerators and funding. The program will be open to members and the wider Melbourne founder community.


About One Roof

One Roof is Australia’s leading coworking space for women-led businesses. Home to 85 businesses totalling 155 members and an online community of 15,000+ One Roof is the home of community, support and innovation from its Southbank location.

  • EIR: Andre Eikmeier, Co-Founder of Vinomofo
    Funding Amount: $28,000
    Program Details: Through this program, startups at United Co will have the opportunity to learn directly from the Co-Founder of one of Australia’s fastest-growing companies and an international leader in innovation, disruption and culture. Andre Eikmeier of Vinomofo will deliver workshops, weekly office hours and a major event over 1 month at United Co, a newly established coworking space in Fitzroy. Vinomofo launched in April 2011 from a little garage in Adelaide and has since grown quickly and profitably to a run rate of over $50m revenue, 450,000 members and a team of over 100. 


    About United Co. 
    United Co. is a Melbourne coworking and shared office space designed to guide you in your professional journey.

  • EIR: Dr. Zivit Inbar, Founder and CEO DifferenThinking
    Funding Amount: $25,000
    Program Details: The EIBC’s program will be delivered by Dr Zivit Inbar, CEO and Founder of DifferenThinking. Run over 6 weeks, the program will include events, workshops and mentoring on topics such as ICOs and crowd funding, VCs, angel investment, accelerator programs, trade missions and pitching skills.


    About the EIBC

    Since 2015 the Eastern Innovation Business Centre (EIBC) has been supporting startups and corporate innovators in Melbourne’s South-East and East to develop new products and services for commercialisation and providing opportunities to learn, exchange ideas and collaborate. 


  • EIR: Oscar McLennan, Investor and Startmate Mentor
    Funding Amount: $25,000
    Program Details: This mentoring program will be delivered by Oscar McLennan, Investor and Startmate Mentor at The Commons in Collingwood. Run over 3 months, small group or 1:1 mentoring sessions will be tailored and focus on the most significant challenges facing startups. Topics may include: investment readiness, telling your startup story, go-to-market strategy, product strategy, hiring and firing, user and sales growth, traction channels, business measurement and accelerator programs. 


    About The Commons

    Launching 3 years ago, The Commons has 4 locations and   supports over 500 residents with over 70% of businesses experiencing growth since joining and over half having collaborated together.

  • EIR: Ruy Lopes De Barros, Impact and Innovation Manager, Flying Rhino
    Funding Amount: $25,000
    Program Details: This program will be delivered by Ruy Lopes De Barros, Impact and Innovation Manager, Flying Rhino. Ruy has been working on innovation and entrepreneurship in Brazil and abroad for a number of years. The program will be run over 3 months and include   talks, workshops and mentorship. There will also be a focus on facilitating global connections for members and the broader Victorian ecosystem.


    About Happy Spaces

    Happy Spaces is a growing network of local community coworking spaces. With locations in Black Rock and Hampton supporting over 80 members, Happy Spaces focuses on cultivating collaboration, innovation and education in suburban areas. 

  • EIR: Kate Kendall, Founder and CEO of CloudPeeps
    Funding Amount: $25,000
    Program Details: The One Roof Expert-in-Residence (EIR) program will be delivered by Kate Kendall, a global tech entrepreneur,   community builder, and advisor with a decade of experience. Kate founded investor-backed talent marketplace CloudPeeps, event-discovery platform The Fetch and Freelance Friday community. 

    The EIR program will include a 12-week pre-accelerator startup pilot program for early-stage female founders. The program will help female founders launch products and position themselves for future accelerators and funding. The program will be open to members and the wider Melbourne founder community.


    About One Roof

    One Roof is Australia’s leading coworking space for women-led businesses. Home to 85 businesses totalling 155 members and an online community of 15,000+ One Roof is the home of community, support and innovation from its Southbank location.