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News & Analysis

Victoria is ramping up its sportstech focus with a $4 million innovation centre

- September 8, 2021 2 MIN READ

Victoria is looking to bolster its reputation as the nation’s sporting capital with a new innovation centre to accelerate the commercialisation of sportstech. The state government is backing the Australian Sports Innovation Centre for Excellence in the inner-city suburb of Cremorne with a $4 million investment. Victorian innovation, medical research and digital economy minister Jaala… Read more »

Jaala Pulford
Future of work

Victoria has a $64 million plan to reskill 5000 workers for digital jobs

- August 31, 2021 2 MIN READ

A $64 million program to reskill around 5000 mid-career workers for roles in the digital economy has been launched by the Victorian government. The industry-backed Digital Jobs program has already signed on leading employers such as the ANZ bank, AWS, Carsales, MYOB, Salesforce, Siemens and Zendesk. The workers involved will complete 12 weeks of skills training… Read more »

Future founders
Accelerator

The hunt is on for Victorian student startup founders to join a hackathon and bootcamp

- August 3, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

State Library Victoria’s StartSpace Future Founders Hackathon is coming up at the end of the month, followed by a bootcamp for student startup founders and applications are now open for people to take part.  The free program is designed to help student founders to develop their startup ideas with support from industry mentors. StartSpace community lead… Read more »

Covid-19

Everything you need to know about Victoria’s new post-lockdown business support package

- July 28, 2021 3 MIN READ

The Federal and Victorian governments will fund a joint support package to give Victorian small and medium businesses the extra help they need to recover from the recent lockdown. The new Victorian Business Support Package will deliver an additional $400 million in support to thousands of businesses, with funding to be split 50/50 between the Federal… Read more »

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News & Analysis

LaunchVic is on the hunt for a fund manager for its $120 million startup fund

- July 23, 2021 2 MIN READ

LaunchVic is seeking a fund manager to run the Victorian Startup Capital Fund (VSCF), a Fund of Funds announced in the Victorian budget.  The $120 million VSCF is support Victorian early-stage technology-based startups with potential to grow into high-performing businesses. The fund manager will be charged with raising at least $60 million from the private… Read more »

Dr Kate Cornick
News & Analysis

Victorian startups created nearly 6000 new jobs in just 3 years

- July 21, 2021 3 MIN READ

A new report into Victoria’s startup sector reveals that any politician wanting to promise voters jobs should be looking to back startups.  The Startup Employment in Victoria report bydealroom.co, in collaboration with LaunchVic, found a 10.75% increase in startup jobs year-on-year between 2018 and 2020. Around 5,900 direct new local jobs were created by local… Read more »

Covid-19

New modelling suggests Victoria’s 5-day lockdown isn’t enough to stop the Delta strain’s march

- July 18, 2021 4 MIN READ

Victoria has entered a five-day lockdown to control its growing outbreak of the more infectious Delta variant. Until midnight on Tuesday restrictions mean residents are only allowed to leave home for essential reasons, can only travel five kilometres away from home, and need to wear masks outside the home, among other measures. Breaking: Victoria has… Read more »

Dr Kate Cornick
News & Analysis

Applications for investment from Victoria’s $10 million Alice Anderson Fund are now open for women-led startups

- July 1, 2021 2 MIN READ

Female entrepreneurs have the chance to score up to $300,000 in early-stage funding from the Victorian government for their startup ,with applications for the new $10 million Alice Anderson Fund now open. The fund, led by LaunchVic, is designed to address a chronic shortage of equity investment in startups founded by women. LaunchVic CEO Dr… Read more »

Melbourne
News & Analysis

Victoria’s IT sector is set to boom

- May 19, 2021 2 MIN READ

Victoria will be a leaders in IT jobs growth over the next five years according to analysis in the 2021 ACS Digital Pulse report. Digital Pulse, prepared by Deloitte Access Economics for ACS, tracks the key trends in the national technology workforce, as well as the sector’s potential over the next five years, and for… Read more »

Dr Kate Cornick
Funding

Victoria is launching a $10 million investment fund to back startups led by women

- March 11, 2021 2 MIN READ

Women-led early stage startups will have access to dedicated investment support from the $10 million Alice Anderson Fund – named after a pioneering Victorian businesswoman and innovator – to open for applications in July. The Alice Anderson Fund will run over three years as a sidecar investment fund committing between $50,000 and $300,000 into between 40 and… Read more »

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News & Analysis

Victoria ramps up border restrictions Sydney grapples with growing coronavirus cases

- December 20, 2020 4 MIN READ

Victoria will ban Sydneysiders from entering the state from midnight on Sunday, unless they undertake a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and the state’s health department have upgraded the Greater Sydney area and Central Coast to a ‘red zone’, which means anyone who lives in these communities, or visited the area 11… Read more »