New pre-accelerator funding to help Victorian women break into startups, grants of up to $300,000 available

Dr. Kate Cornick, Chief Executive Officer of LaunchVic

The next generation of women entrepreneurs will get the startup support they need with a new grant round from LaunchVic. Grants of up to $300,000 are available for organisations to run pre-accelerator programs that equip women founders with the advice, support and networks required to build a minimum viable product and find their first customer.

How will this better the women investor landscape?

LaunchVic’s soon to be released Ecosystem Mapping Report shows one-third of Victorian startups now have at least one woman founder, up from 20% in 2020. However, LaunchVic CEO Dr Kate Cornick said the figure was still outpaced by the growth of male-only firms, suggesting further support is needed for women-led startups at those crucial early stages.

“The funding reflects LaunchVic’s commitment to building the pipeline of women-founded firms and ensuring a diverse startup ecosystem. We’re pump priming the Victorian startup sector with the next generation of women entrepreneurs and ensuring, through initiatives like The Alice Anderson Fund, that they receive support at every stage of growth,” Kate said.

Since 2017, LaunchVic, Victoria’s startup agency, has upskilled over 11,600 entrepreneurs looking to break into the startup world through its programs. One example is Ivy Nguyen, Co-Founder of ReciMe, a recipe discovery app billed as the “Spotify for home cooks”.

Recently completing LaunchVic’s CivVic Labs pre-accelerator, ReciMe raised $500,000 pre-seed funding to help its 15,000 monthly users share and discover recipes worldwide.

How effective has the program been?

Ivy Nguyen, Co-Founder of ReciMe

Ivy said the program’s focus on customer discovery helped the team refine their value proposition to a Gen Z audience. “The CivVic Labs program helped us unpack the problems with cultural and health food accessibility. We were able to apply our learnings to develop a product that inspires young people to cook healthy meals and embrace cultural foods.”

ReciMe is also a portfolio company of the Alice Anderson Fund, LaunchVic’s $10m angel sidecar fund for women entrepreneurs which has backed 21 emerging companies within 18 months. Applications for the grants are open to local and international programs looking to support women in Victoria. For more information, please visit LaunchVic’s website.