WELCOME TO GENERATION LAUNCH
Generation Launch is an innovative program that supports migrants, refugees and new Australians in joining the Victorian startup ecosystem — creating the next generation of successful high-growth ventures in Australia.
This program has three core intentions: to improve the success of migrant startups in Victoria and encourage more migrant entrepreneurs to launch their business ideas in the state; to improve outcomes for the wider Victorian startup ecosystem by supporting migrant entrepreneurs and startups in creating high-growth ventures; and to support the Victorian startup ecosystem in becoming a global leader for entrepreneurship, startups and innovation.
This program is supported by LaunchVic. LaunchVic works in partnership with entrepreneurs, industry, business, the community and our educational institutions to strengthen Victoria’s entrepreneurial and startup ecosystem.
To support startup ventures and entrepreneurs, Generation Launch focuses on addressing three key challenges faced by migrant founders as identified by the Centre for Entrepreneurs 2015. These include:
We aim to support a diverse group of entrepreneurs across Victoria to thrive.
UPCOMING EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
Build your network. Building your skills. Find your tribe.
UNBOUND IDEAS - THE BIG ONE: 31 AUGUST, 2019
@ RMIT University Building 80, Melbourne, CBD
Our signature startup, global ideas and entrepreneurship event is back after a stellar event in 2018. Bringing together hundreds of people to explore ideas, innovation at scale - Unbound Ideas is all about inclusive vibes and interactive sessions. Hosted at the RMIT University - one of Melbourne's hubs for innovation, this event is one not to be missed.
With an emphasis on celebrating migrant, refugee and international entrepreneurs this year will have a strong focus on the following themes: multidisciplinary learning; global health and wellbeing; and bringing ideas to life.
Join hundreds of emerging and existing entrepreneurs for a day of big ideas, interactivity, connection and fantastic food. There's always a surprise at Unbound Ideas...
Registration and Further Event Information is: here.
INNOVATION WITHOUT BORDERS - GLOBAL IDEAS WORKSHOP - 8 August, 2019
One of Unbound's mottos is the idea that Wisdom is Everywhere. This workshop is an interactive session that will explore the concept of innovating without limitation and exploring entrepreneurship globally. This workshop is facilitated in an engaging way and people from migrant backgrounds are strongly encouraged to join.
What is the role of people outside the medical field to innovate in global health? Do you have to be an engineer to create technology? What does innovation as an outsider look like?
This is a standalone workshop and open to all and, for the curious, it will also give a flavour of what's to come with with Unbound Ideas.
Registration and Further Event Information: Opening Soon
STARTUP RACE AROUND MELBOURNE: 19 September, 2019
Think the Amazing Race meets Shark Tank.
This event is open to international (and local) students from around Melbourne to meet, connect and compete in teams in a series of challenges that will take them around Melbourne's CBD. This scavenger hunt will take teams through some of skills it takes to launch a business: creating an idea, getting feedback and testing - in a creative fun and adventure-filled workshop. This event will take participants around the city through some of the cities leading startup and innovation locations. Prizes for the winning teams!
Registration and Further Event Information: Opening Soon
The Generation Launch is a collaboration with Victorian educational institutions to embed startup skills – designed to engage and support migrant entrepreneurs – into existing educational programs and extra-curricular programs (such as university accelerator and incubators).
Unbound has strong existing collaborations with Victorian-based institutions and will implement entrepreneurship content into these programs, to help build the skills and interest in startups across the state. This will be developed through practical and interactive case studies of innovative foreign-born entrepreneurs and global ventures; as well as guest lectures; and workshops. We will collaborate with local experts and support them with practical skills and programs to support migrant entrepreneurs.
Unbound will be delivering education activities supporting migrants across RMIT University, University of Melbourne, Monash University, Swinburne University, and other educational organisations, which we will build on to integrate these programs into existing courses and in collaboration with associated groups (entrepreneurship programs, clubs and incubators).
If you want an Unbound speaker or facilitator to present at your institution or group, please contact us below.
One of the best ways to learn and build the practical skills for launching a successful high growth venture is to actually do it!
The Startup Intensive Program provides university students with unique internship opportunities in some of Melbourne most innovative new startups. As part of the Generation Launch program, the intensives specifically focus on the placement and mentoring of new migrant, refugee and international student interns.
The program structure will give students hands-on experience in real startup projects and challenges where they will gain personal insights into running a successful startup venture, and gain connections to the Victorian startup ecosystem. Students may conduct vital market research, lead product prototyping, facilitate user feedback forums, create marketing plans, manage projects or launch events, and obtain a wide variety of essential skills and networks for bringing their own start-up venture idea to life. Additionally, students will receive credit or work experience hours as part of their work-integrated learning subjects and work experience requirements. This will make working in startups a real option for graduates – rather just pursuing a corporate career path.
Throughout these intensive placements, Unbound will also work closely with Victorian startups to support interns and professional work placements - providing some structure, mentorship and feedback to assist this process. Victorian startups involved in the program will benefit from having passionate and skilled interns supporting the growth and success of their ventures, thus building a more diverse and vibrant ecosystem overall.
For students participating as part of their degree requirements, all placements are generally unpaid. This ensures that placements are primarily viewed as a learning experience and allows individuals to be covered by their institutions policies and insurances. All Startup Intensive placements also comply with Fair Work Australia rules, university guidelines and best practices in Work Integrated Learning.
Want to get involved?
If you coordinate university placements at your institution, or if you're a student seeking a placement opportunity with one of our startup partners, please get in touch with the team at email@example.com to discuss potential partnerships and pilot programs in 2019.
If you’re a startup founder and would like to host a student intern to engage in your business, please get in touch with the team at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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