Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis and LaunchVic CEO, Kate Cornick, today unveiled LaunchVic’s third round of grant recipients to support first generation migrants and refugees.

Totaling $1.4 million, the funding round will support organisations to deliver a range of services and programs that encourage migrants and refugees in Victoria to develop their ideas and embed their startup skills.

“Victoria is built on the back of a proud tradition of entrepreneurial spirit when it comes to migrants and refugees. If we continue to harness the potential in this group we are one step closer to putting Melbourne on the map as the leading startup destination in the Asia Pacific.”

Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis

Projects include an incubator program for food entrepreneurism, hackathons for 18-30 year olds, workshops to build startups for problems affecting at risk or disadvantaged; an innovation hub, networking events and education, all based around getting migrants and refugees involved in startups.

Of the five grants, three will be rolled out across regional and rural Victoria for the benefit of migrants and refugees with startup aspirations in these areas.

All grants in this funding round have cash and in-kind investments bringing the total combined investment for this funding round to more than $2 million.

“LaunchVic grants look to fill gaps in the Victorian ecosystem – whether it is infrastructure required or representation for a particular cohort that will ensure greater diversity and inclusion. Diversity and inclusion is a core focus for LaunchVic and the programs announced today will be an important contribution enabling more migrant and refugee entrepreneurs to engage in the Victorian startup ecosystem.”

LaunchVic CEO Dr Kate Cornick

Research shows that migrants and refugees are twice as likely to start a business as those born locally and are more willing to take business risks – meaning they are perfectly suited to the startup world.


Full list of LaunchVic Round 3 grant recipients:



Free to Feed

The Now to Launch incubator will offer 60 startups from Melbourne and regional Victoria the chance to take their dynamic, high growth food startup concepts from now to launch.


Enterprising Partnerships

Cultov8 will run 10 hackathons across the Victoria including Geelong, Shepparton, Ballarat, Broadmeadows and Dandenong and a 12-week pre-accelerator to help migrants and refugees consolidate their startup ideas and teams, learn startup skills, and access free mentoring, business coaching, peer learning and online learning tools.



The New Australians’ Accelerator will support 15 startup founders and run workshops in Melbourne and rural centres to help build startups around problems affecting at risk or disadvantaged refugees and or migrants.


Laika Academy

The Generation Launch, an innovative program to include: knowledge-building workshops that will support startups to launch; build practical skills; run educational programs in collaboration with institutions to embed startup skills; and networking events to encourage and connect startup entrepreneurs into the community.


Hatch Quarter

will create a playbook to help first generation migrants and refugees and deliver meetups to build a supportive community for international startup entrepreneurs.