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 Closed: 10am 16 November 2020
Pitch Due: 10am 19 November 2020 
Q&A Session: Monday 23 November 2020
Outcomes: December 2020
Recipients Announced: Monday 8 March 2021

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 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. Successful Recipients were announced in February 2021.

Stage 1 EOI Guidelines (applications closed 24 September 2020)

Stage 2 Grant Guidelines (applications closed 16 November 2020)

Media Release

Funding Recipients




Project Description

INCO Australia



Up-skilling Underutilised Talent for Junior Roles at Startups | INCO Academy



This program will provide accelerated pathways to employment into Victoria’s startup sector and grow the pool of industry-grade talent for fast-growing startups. The program will target workers stood down during COVID-19, skilled migrants & refugees and women to help them transition into a career in the startup sector. INCO Academy will expand three of its bootcamps (courses) into the state of Victoria and develop a placement service to enable students who have completed an INCO course to land their first junior role in a Victorian Startup. The program will create 480 industry-ready startup workers and place at least 100 Victorian INCO graduates into roles

Stone & Chalk


Career opportunities in emerging tech startups and scaleups


The Pivott program will equip and empower Victorian job seekers with the knowledge, capability and tools necessary to succeed in the startup environment. Aiming to increase awareness and accessibility on both sides of the talent marketplace, it will provide a smarter way to build skills for a future-proof talent pool. The program consists of four elements including: 30 Events, Workshops and Talent Jams; an online Learning Academy that includes the Working in Startups course open to all Victorians seeking a startup role; Top-Talent Mentor Matching Program; and an online skills & experience assessment and Jobs Platform to connect talent to job opportunities into startups and scaleups.



Women-only Fellowship to drive Talent and Diversity in Victorian Startups



The Women-Only Fellowship will create a pathway for 120 exceptional Victorian women into their dream startup job. The program will develop the female fellows through guided coaching by senior startup leaders, AMAs with Startup Founders and functional workshops to expedite a confident transition into startups and real progress towards gender parity in tech companies.
Student Fellowship to establish Startups as a Career PathThe Student Fellowship creates a pathway for Victorian students into the startup sector. The program will provide support for 300 exceptional Victorian students and recent graduates through a 2-week intensive bootcamp to help students transition into a startup career with at least 100 graduates landing a full or part-time job in a Victorian startup or gaining practical experience via a paid internship.