LaunchVic to fund more startup accelerators in Victoria
LaunchVic, Victoria’s lead startup agency, has today opened a new grant round to establish more world-class accelerator programs for Victorian founders.
Grants of up to $2 million are available to experienced accelerator program providers to deliver either generalist or sector-specific programs over the next three years.
The latest funding will be rolled out to meet the demand of Victoria’s growing startup community.
With more than 2,600 startups now calling Victoria home, LaunchVic CEO Dr Kate Cornick said the need for tailored support, mentorship and networking opportunities is greater than ever.
“We are funding more accelerator programs to support and upskill founders to grow their startups into scaleups, incuding becoming investment ready.”
“It’s our hope that this latest ground round attract globally competitive program providers with a proven track record of building the capabilities of aspiring founders. This will ensure the support in place keeps pace with our rapidly growing ecosystem.”
Since 2016, LaunchVic has successfully invested in 19 accelerator programs, which have supported more than 600 startup founders.
One example is Startmate, a leading accelerator which has has already supported more than 130 startups in Australia and New Zealand. These startups have since grown to a combined valuation of more than $1 billion and created more than 1,500 jobs.
Applications are open to entirely new accelerator teams or programs that already exist in Australia or internationally.
Applications close on Monday, 27 June 2022. To view guidelines, visit launchvic.org