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Apply for RMIT Activator's LaunchHUB Startup Program!

Calling all innovators! Activator LaunchHUB applications are now open. If you have been working on a startup idea that is on the cusp of market launch, and you're looking for the right kind of support and resources to boost your success, then LaunchHUB is for you. LaunchHUB is Activator’s offering designed to support RMIT affiliated startups progress towards market launch. The 12-week experience is designed to amplify your startup journey’s success by providing the accountability, support and resources you need to get you to market faster. It is a community-centred experience based out of Activator's Melbourne CBD co-working space with benefits including: * 24/7 and fixed desk in the Activator CBD co-working space * Cohort based accountability and support * Startup coach & mentors * Professional Advisory * Access to RMIT interns * Network building & exposure opportunities * Access to workshops and Masterclasses * Designer-in-Residence * Opportunity to apply for pre-seed funding up to $25K awarded by Activator's Capital Fund * Extended access to co-working space post LaunchHUB RMIT is committed to supporting enterprise development, so this opportunity valued at more than $10K is provided FREE of charge to all selected RMIT affiliated participants. Applications close 11.59pm Sunday 23rd June.

Foundry658 Demo Night

Creative Victoria, State Library Victoria and Australian Centre for the Moving Image invite you to the Demo Night of Victoria’s first accelerator program for creative startups. Following an intensive 12-week skills-building program, the Foundry658 accelerator teams pitch their creative businesses.

  • Tue 2 Jul, 6.30pm
  • Met Market
  • ACMI & State Library Victoria

Understanding Your Sales Funnel

Understanding your Sales funnel is a vital process when seeking sales growth in your business so come and spend some time with our Entrepreneur in Residence, for a one-on-one mentoring tailored specifically for your business type and explore how you can create a more effective sales strategy including: What is the Pitch? How to present the product/service as a "solution" to your customer needs; Overcoming customer objections; Structuring a group sales presentation; Identifying customer hot buttons; Converting the presentation to a real sale. If you’re looking for guidance and direction, strategic input from an expert, or innovative ideas to push the envelope with your business, this is for you! In this 30mins session you will get a range of tips to help you improve sales efficiencies. *Requirement: you must be an existing small business or startup.

Online tools for growth-hacking

Are you a small business owner, startup founder or kitchen table entrepreneur looking for ways to systematically growth-hack your business without spending big money on all the complicated tools? Growth hacking doesn’t have to take a lot of time and it’s just not one big hairy thing. Everyone can use growth-hacking strategies. There are so many tools available to businesses now. Join our CEO Mark Corrie, for an interactive session in identifying some effective growth-hacking tools and tricks you can start experimenting with right away. *Requirement you must be an existing small business or startup.

Creating the perfect pitch for your business

How do you help your business stand out from the crowd? Whether you’re presenting to customers, potential investors or partners, having an excellent pitch that clearly explains your businesses unique value proposition is essential to success. However, for many business leaders this isn’t always easy. Many struggle to clarify their message and stay on track while delivering it. This also is relevant to proposal and tender responses where there is a need to differentiate from the competition. Join Phil Ore, co-founder of Marketing Entourage, co-founder of Entrepreneurs&Co. and Pitch Mentor for Startup Victoria, for an interactive workshop to help you create your perfect pitch. Phil who will explain the framework that he has used with 100s of businesses to help win new clients, find investors and create new partnerships. During the workshop participants have the opportunity to apply the framework to their own business and practice their pitch in front of an audience. Business leaders, decision makers, marketing and sales managers who are looking grow their business. The businesses could range from early stage startups looking to grow to the next level through to established large companies looking for ways to transform and innovate to enable growth. What you will leave with; • Clarity on their unique value proposition • How to apply the framework to help grow their business • During the interactive session, Phil is not going to just talk to you - he will get your brains working so that you can go away and build on this with your own teams

SproutX Launch Night 2019

Ten of the freshest food and agtech startups make their first public pitch at SproutX Launch Night 2019. Come celebrate our newest Accelerator cohort and connect with the agtech startup community. This year's SproutX cohort features startups innovating from farmgate to plate. Ticket includes drinks, canapés and interesting conversation. Details of the 2019 teams will be released soon!

Time Management

Time Management is a vital skill to have as a business owner or entrepreneur, things can get a little out of hand and the to-do list seems to be never-ending. However, one thing we all forget is that whether as a small business owner, or a start-up founder, we all have the same 168 hours each week. The most effective ways of improving your productivity is to recognise and rectify time management mistakes and best utilise those 168 hours to achieving productive outcomes. The seminar will identify some strategies and tips that you can use to overcome time management pain-points. *The entrepreneurial Business Support programs are designed to provide continued practical support to build management and business capability, improve performances and personal development for small business owners and startup founders. Facilitator Peter Ridsdale Peter Ridsdale is the Entrepreneur in Residences at Western BACE. With over 20+ years of consulting to a wide variety of private enterprises and public organisations he has developed a broad ranging skill set in all areas of strategic planning, budgeting, operations management, systems re-engineering, communications, personnel management, finance and administration and property asset management. For the large portion of the past 20+ years, Peter has been extensively involved in assisting SME start-ups through training programs, workshops and mentoring both in regional Victoria and Melbourne.

Workshop 2#: Managing People (New and existing employees)

Changing circumstances require new learnings such as onboarding a new employee, they’ll need appropriate training to fulfil their roles. To achieve this may need to rely on your existing staff members. Your existing employees may need to up- skill- not only to assist the business but also to develop their own careers and keep them challenged and engaged. This workshop will cover; - How to create systems and processes (Workplace authority, productivity and accountability) - Ways to encourage new learnings and develop the skills of your existing employees - Creating and implementing an effective communication strategy - How to establish and maintain a positive work environment through staff collaboration - Creating and providing challenges for personal and professional growth

Workshop 1#: Managing people (Employment Processes)

When it comes down to hiring new employee’s as a start-up founder or a small business owner it proves to be quite a challenge. Understanding what you're looking for can simplify the recruitment process, in making sure you find the right employee who is able to impact productivity, employment relationship, work culture and a positive impact on the work environment. This workshop will cover; - Identify the need for the position - What to consider when preparing the position description - Creating some effective recruitment selection criteria - Finding the right fit for the position - Onboarding new employee(s) - Understanding casual, part-time and full time - Payroll management *Participants will be asked to develop task list during workshop.

The Female Founder Connection

Join one of Australia's leading startup community builders, Judy Anderson, CEO of StartupVic, for a dynamic and vibrant night of networking, especially for female founders. Meet and mingle with MAP’s network of founders, mentors and investors, as we come together to support diversity in our founder community and build relationships to help us flourish in 2019.


Peter Risdale is the Entrepreneur in Residences at Western BACE. With over 20+ years of consulting to a wide variety of private enterprises and public organisations he has developed a broad ranging skill set in all areas of strategic planning, budgeting, operations management, systems re-engineering, communications, personnel management, finance and administration and property asset management. For the large portion of the past 20+ years, Peter has been extensively involved in assisting SME start-ups through training programs, workshops and mentoring both in regional Victoria and Melbourne. Our EIR provide a FREE one on one business mentoring session. Included in the sessions, businesses will receive personalised coaching focused on problem based solutions. 1-hour sessions will run between 8.30am - 4pm, so select a timeslot when booking your ticket.

Qatar SportsTech FastTrack in Melbourne

Are you an aspiring Startup working on SportsTech innovation? Are you ready to show us what you got? If yes, we are inviting you to join us at our FastTrack in Melbourne on the 26th of November. You will be able to know more about our Qatar SportsTech Accelerator program and how to apply. Who should apply for a FastTrack? Startupbootcamp FastTrack sessions are open for all startups. If you are looking for targeted advice from leading SportsTech experts, this is the place for you! We are looking especially for startups specializing in: Team Performance and analytics Venue optimisation & management Sports tourism Sports Culture Sports IoT, wearables and equipment Fan engagement and experience Sports Medical E-sports Why apply for a FastTrack? Startups joining the FastTrack will receive immediate feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts, expand your network meeting other startup founders, and meet the Qatar SportsTech Accelerator team. How to apply for a FastTrack? Simply complete this short form to apply for the FastTrack held in Melbourne on the 26th of November 2018. Applications close 4 days before the event, so make sure you complete your application by then! We will be in touch shortly after applications close to notify applicants that have been selected to join.

Pre-Accelerator Program - Swinburne Innovation Precinct

The Swinburne Innovation Precinct pre-accelerator program is a hands-on, 2 day workshop that gives founders the practical skills they need to accelerate the transformation of their startup or idea. The program will be led by experienced industry leaders and cover topics including: Startup marketing Legal fundamentals How to pitch An introduction to fundraising. Networking opportunities and a delicious lunch will also be provided!

SPARK Accelerator Demo Day

We are thrilled to invite you to the SPARK Deakin 2018 Accelerator Demo Day! Our teams have been working hard to tackle challenges in industries from healthcare to the shared economy to cakes (yes, cakes!). They have taken major steps forward with their startups – testing, selling, listening, pivoting and getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. At SPARK, we work to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs. We do this by supporting them with education, introducing them to the right people at the right time, providing guidance through mentorship and seed funding. Our Demo Day will see the teams pitch their start-ups. They will share their vision as well as their progress. It’s an evening to celebrate achievements and hard work. Come along and ->Immerse yourself in the startup scene ->Learn what startups are all about - maybe you’ll catch the startup fever too ->Be blown away with pitches from our teams Connect with founders as well as other likeminded business community folk across Deakin and Melbourne’s startup community. After the Accelerator teams pitch, we will have the chance to connect with one another over drinks and canapés.

In Common Founder Education Course

Set up to succeed with In Common, a LaunchVic funded* founder education course run by specialists in development, design, product management & strategy from Common Code. Final cohort begins in March 2019. A six-workshop series that will help you learn the processes that successful startup teams use to build world-class products. Through workshops, startup mentoring and implementation, In Common will prepare you for managing your startup, as well as your development teams, by empowering you with the skills and knowledge to make truly informed decisions. To learn more or begin your application process for future cohorts see the attached link. *All six LaunchVic funded cohorts are fully subsidised. Applications required.

Business Authorities Formula Masterclass

What is the Business Authorities Formula Masterclass? A 2 Day Masterclass and Business Accelerator Event supported by mentorship and access to some of Australia’s leading business growth experts. Business Authorities was created with a vision to empower as many business owners by providing them with the tools to scale their business and create a legacy for themselves and the people they care about. Alongside Business Authorities, the Business Authorities Formula itself, took 14 years to distill into 10 Major Steps that affects the success of a business. These 10 Major Steps are broken down into 4 Main Stages which are: 1. Foundational 2. Growth 3. Magnification 4. Legacy/Empire Creation. The formula has been used to help businesses grow to 8 figures and beyond whilst allowing the business owners to have piece of mind as the business grows because the whole process is systematic. With the promise of ‘demonstrating how to build a business the strategic way and set it up for exponential growth, using a proven formula for business success’ – Business Authorities and The Business Authorities Formula Event and Masterclass was born. For more information about the event and tickets, please visit us at

muru-D Golden Ticket Pitch Night Melbourne

Win a 'Fast Pass' to the interview stage of our next Sydney program, SYD6 We’re a startup accelerator running programs in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and help founders scale their startup smarter and faster. We're also backed by Telstra, a world-class technology company. Applications for our next Sydney program open on 2 October and this is your chance to skip the first round of shortlisting and go straight to the interview stage. Our next program will accelerate founders who have been working on their tech startup for at least 6 months, have a team in place (maybe just a co-founder), have customer traction and have global ambitions to do something genuinely meaningful. If this sound like you, then don't miss your chance to shine in front of the muru-D team, mentors and investors at our Golden Ticket Pitch Event. Golden Ticket Pitch Event Details You’ve got 60 seconds to wow a panel of judges with your startup and team. No slides, just you and a mic. Winners receive a "Golden Ticket", which gets them to the interview stage of our next program. The details: Doors open at 6pm Pitches commence at 6.30pm sharp Winners announced and networking Event concludes 8.30pm Want to Pitch? Easy, just select an ‘I want to Pitch’ Ticket. Want to Watch? Great, grab yourself an ‘I want to Watch’ Ticket. About muru-D muru-D is a startup accelerator running programs in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and help founders scale their startup smarter and faster. We’re backed by Telstra, a world-class technology company. muru-D Sydney is on the search for startups working on challenging global problems. This year muru-D will offer 10 startups a place in our program who will receive: Expert coaching and mentoring Workshops and events to develop business and leadership skills Co-working space An international trip to an exciting startup hub $75K of seed funding muru-D’s terms are extremely founder friendly. The investment is $75,000 on an uncapped SAFE* note with 50% discount. *SAFE note: Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) note. Applications for the next Sydney program open on 2 October and close 2 November 2018. The program kicks off 30 January 2019 and runs for 6 months.

MAP18 Accelerator Launch

The MAP18 Accelerator Launch will provide the first opportunity to meet the 10 successful startups that have been selected for MAP’s 2018 Startup Accelerator. Attendees will hear the MAP18 founders pitch their startup and have the opportunity to meet them during a networking cocktail reception.