The Andrews Labor Government’s startup procurement program, CivVic Labs, today announced the successful startups selected to deliver solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing government.

Six new startups, who stand to secure almost $1.1 million in contracts, will develop solutions in infection control, safety in the gig economy, food waste and more.

Cohort 3 teams


Ever wanted to find out which startups attract the most funding or how many businesses were created in a particular year, or perhaps what sectors are attracting the most funding?

Look no further than LaunchVic’s new open-source database — findingstartups.launchvic.org — a dedicated source of real-time and open-source data for startup founders, investors, corporates and government.

With publicly-sourced data on more than 2,000 Victorian startups, the database also profiles information on 150 local and international VCs, 428 corporate companies, accelerators, workspaces and universities.

You can use the matching tool to search for an investor that is a ‘good match’ for…


By Dr Kate Cornick, LaunchVic CEO

It is likely that society, the economy and we as individuals will see lasting change as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Whilst it is too early to tell what changes will be cyclical and what will be structural, it is abundantly clear that there has never been a better time for the startup and innovation community to reshape Australia.

The term ‘survival of the fittest’, commonly attributed to Charles Darwin, is often used to make sense of uncertainty in times of change. But perhaps more fitting is his quote from Origin of Species, ‘survival of the most adaptable’. Adaptation is…


She’s a Crowd: Taking user-testing online

Building great products means working with customers to understand their motivation and how they use technology so that what we build creates real value in their lives.

But how do you do this during lockdown?

She’s a Crowd Founder and CEO Zoë Condliffe recently took user testing online, and actually received better engagement.

Here’s her advice on navigating user testing in the current environment and getting great results.


Many people have been virtual volunteering through Vollie during coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns. Image: supplied

What do people do when they’re stuck at home, worried about the state of the world or newly unemployed? Well, it seems that a lot of them sign up to Vollie.

The online marketplace connects skilled volunteers with non-for-profits (NFP’s) looking for support — and despite a global pandemic, the startup has never been busier.

In fact, the folks at Vollie have seen a 300 per cent increase in virtual volunteering sign-ups and a 500 per cent increase in NFP’s in search of support.

Matthew Boyd, co-founder & CEO says that the platform “has been averaging 2–3 large corporate and…


Sourced Image via ClearCalcs

When you launch an online drawing platform for engineers and architects, you’re probably not thinking of how it will help in a global health crisis.

But Victorian startup ClearCalcs just had its biggest month yet.

The cloud-based structural design and analysis software was created to help engineers and architects automate everyday calculations, such as the amount of materials required to build a home.

Chris Borzillo co-founded ClearCalcs in 2016 at a time when the construction industry was flourishing.

The startup went through the LaunchVic-funded Startmate accelerator in 2019 and now, despite the widespread impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, their…


Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit Australia, businesses of all sizes were taken aback by its impacts and the restrictions put in place to slow the virus. But one Victorian startup was well prepared, MediStays.

Providing accommodation near hospitals at discounted rates for patients, families and medical professionals, MediStays has proven to be incredibly in demand.

Associate Professor Sarah Everitt, Director and co-founder of MediStays said they have been totally inundated by enquiries from frontline health workers needing to self-isolate from their families, as well as from patients who need to be discharged to free up beds but are not…


Having a healthy pool of angel investors is a critical element of a mature startup ecosystem for two reasons: they provide the seed capital early-stage startups need to survive, and they give startups access to networks and mentorship that will help steer them towards success.

The positive impacts of angel investors are well documented. Startups with angel investors are 70 per cent more likely to obtain financing, 20 per cent more likely to hire additional employees and 10 per cent more likely to be involved in a successful exit.¹

We also know that angel networks are generally more successful than…


Kelly’s Guide Dog Gallia at Tech Inclusion Melbourne 2019. Photo by NJ Productions

By Kelly Schulz

There are some fallacies when it comes to inclusion and I’d like to clear the air on a few of them. I’ve picked five, there are a few more, but these represent my priorities for change and where I am on my path to being more inclusive at a point in time — Tech Inclusion Melbourne — 22 May 2019. I’d love to have your thoughts and grow the conversation.

Fallacy 1: Acknowledging inclusion makes you inclusive.

Acknowledging inclusion doesn’t actually mean we understand it, nor value it. There’s a good chance you work in organisations that quote inclusion in…


Photo Tim Carrafa

By Character

As part of LaunchVic’s founder education program, PR firm Character run a series of marketing and public relations workshops. At each session, the attendees are joined by a leading Australian journalist who shares advice and industry insights. In November, Cara Waters, Small Business Editor for The Age/Sydney Morning Herald provided some sage advice.

Whether you’re pitching to media for the first time or think you’ve got it down pat, Cara’s advice is relevant for anyone preparing to pitch. Here are the three key things she emphasised;

Know the right way to make contact:

While you might be tempted to phone…

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