Funding for Talent Programs

Growing the Pool of Talent for Victorian Startups and Scaleups

Indicative timings for this program include:

Stage 1: Expression of Interest (EOI)

EOI Open: 27 August 2020
EOI Closed: 10am 24 September 2020
EOI Outcomes: Evaluation and next steps delivered October 29 2020

Stage 2: Shortlisted Applicants

Round Opens: 29 October 2020
Round Closes: 10am 16 November 2020
Pitch Due: 10am 19 November 2020 
Q&A Session: Monday 23 November 2020
Outcomes: December 2020
We expect to announce successful recipients in Jan/Feb 2021 
(updated 13 November)

The impact of COVID-19 on our economy is widespread, with many businesses having to stand down, lay off staff or close down altogether. Many talented Australians have found themselves unemployed or facing employment uncertainty. While we recognize the deep impacts on the economy, at LaunchVic we also recognise that startups and scaleups are key to economic recovery. And while not every startup and scaleup is succeeding in these difficult times, many are growing and creating jobs of the future.

Startups and scaleups are still on the lookout for great talent. For those that are growing, there are job vacancies waiting to be filled. Others are keen to have conversations that ensure a strong candidate pipeline for when growth starts again.

LaunchVic issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) on the 27 August 2020 seeking proposals for Talent Programs needed to support Victorians that don’t have experience working at startups or scaleups so they can successfully transition into jobs in Victorian startups and scaleups. Applications closed on the 24 September and were evaluated by LaunchVic. A shortlist of outstanding applications were selected and approved by the LaunchVic Board to proceed to the next stage - a closed grant round. 

View the EOI Guidelines (applications closed)

Stage 2 Grant Guidelines (updated 13 November)

View the Frequently Asked Questions