Supporting the Next Generation of Global Entrepreneurs
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:
Access to Information – Generation Launch runs various educational workshops and training seminars to support migrant entrepreneurs in gaining the transitional skills, local knowledge and hands-on experience for their startup’s success. Drawing from diverse experts across the globe, these events are designed to be super inclusive and applicable to all business ideas.
Practical Experience – We provide practical ways for individuals to connect and work with existing startups, or to create a venture through existing programs and support networks in Victoria.
Networks – We help to expand connections through a series of events, while also sharing stories of success and role models that are far more diverse than the usual faces.
We aim to support a diverse group of entrepreneurs across Victoria to thrive.
Events and Workshop Calendar
Generation Launch recognises that to create real change and to support migrant entrepreneurs, there needs to be a range of activities that support a wide pipeline of engagement. With this in mind, we have created a diverse calendar of events that are designed to be inclusive, multi-disciplinary and interactive.
Here’s a breakdown of our upcoming events in 2018. Event links will be added when open for registration:
March - 8th International Women's Day Networking Event, in collaboration with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) We are collaborating with the ASRC’s Entrepreneurs Program to host a networking event for International Women’s Day; connecting new and budding female entrepreneurs with inspiring social businesswomen in the Victorian community. This collaboration grew from a shared desire to support new migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum launching their own enterprises in Australia. The highlight of the event will be a 40-minute panel discussion with female entrepreneurs from or working in the refugee and migrant sector offering their personal stories, tools, and advice for creating successful social enterprises. After the panel discussion, attendees will be invited to form small breakout groups with each panelist. During these breakout groups, participants will have the opportunity to ask further questions of the panelists and/or receive personal feedback on their own businesses or ideas.
March - 26th Creative Ideas and Design Thinking Workshop, in collaboration with Outcome.life. The workshop guides participants through a crash course in creative design thinking— a process developed by Stanford Design School that has been used as a key strategy for innovation within companies such as Apple, IBM, Nike, Procter & Gamble and Whirlpool. Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that integrates the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success such as creating real customer value and recognising untapped market opportunities. Ultimately, the process utilises elements from the designer's toolkit like empathy and experimentation to arrive at actionable ideas that can be prototyped, tested and shared. Case studies and facilitators will be drawn from the Victorian startup ecosystem, providing participants with useful networks and professional development tailored for the today's business market. This workshop is also designed to be fun, interactive and inclusive — all ideas and people are welcome to join the fun.
Outcome.life is an international student community based in Melbourne that supports students from migrant backgrounds in achieving successful employment outcomes post-study.
May - 12th Start Day: Ideas to Action, at Melbourne Knowledge Week (MKW) Start Day is an inclusive, immersive and interactive hack-a-thon style event that aims to harness people’s diverse range of creative ideas and help make them real. The day will become a guided tour of the design thinking process that has been used around the world as a key strategy for innovation, with people taking action at every step of the way. All ideas are welcome — come with your vision to launch a business, host a conference, build a robot, find a cure, open a food-truck, write a novel or start a revolution — and leave with new friends, action plans, and practical tools to get cracking! With a focus on innovation and inclusion, this event will bring together people from a range of backgrounds and cultures — where artists work alongside programmers, makers collaborate with educators. This is breaking the mould of many hack-a-thons with their focus on just coders and technical experience.
The program will be a full day of open design and interactive workshops about motivation, idea generation, project planning, skill sharing, and more. We will have an awesome team of local facilitators on hand who are skilled entrepreneurs, social change leaders, engineers, educators, and makers to support people with all kinds of projects — although we also aim to harness the untapped expertise in the room. This event is also designed for 100% engagement - no spectators, just participants. Due to this, we are designing the event to be as inclusive as possible — so that everyone has a positive experience.
June - 21st Start Day at National Refugee Week, in collaboration with ASRC Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. In the spirit of showcasing, supporting and celebrating the immense talent and creativity of refugee entrepreneurs in Australia, we are hosting an inclusive and interactive hack-a-thon style event called Start Day that aims to harness attendee’s diverse range of innovative ideas and help make them real. The day will become a guided tour of the design thinking process, but with people taking action at every step of the way. People will come with ideas to launch a business, host a conference, build a robot, find a cure, open a food-truck, write a novel or start a revolution — and leave with new friends, action plans, and practical tools to get cracking!
The program will be a full day of open design and interactive workshops about motivation, idea generation, project planning, skill sharing, and more. We will have local facilitators on hand with extensive experience in refugee and migrant enterprise development — although we also aim to harness the untapped expertise in the room. This program is designed for 100% engagement and inclusivity — no spectators and everyone is welcome.
August- 17th Unbound Ideas Conference Unbound Ideas is our major event co-designed with the Victorian startup ecosystem and various cultural, ethnic and refugee community groups. This event will be located and held in collaboration with RMIT University in the Melbourne, CBD. This event will be a deep dive into new ideas and how to bring them to life. With exceptional speakers, facilitators and great food, this program of event will be a diverse, inclusive and community-building activity covering a range of topics and themes: Introduction for Startups; Transitioning Skills for Impact; Inspiring Migrant Stories; Social Enterprise and Business for Social Impact; Learning from Failure; Communications, Marketing and Telling the Story; Wisdom in Unusual Places – Startup Advice from People that aren’t in Startups; and Leadership, Team and Community Building.
October International Entrepreneurs Networking Event, in collaboration with MIT D-Lab Theme: Global Entrepreneurship – Lessons from Further Afield This networking event aims to showcase and connect some of the world’s most promising international change-makers from low-income communities with the refugee and migrant startup community in Victoria. The event will feature entrepreneurs from countries such as Brazil, India, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, and Mozambique who are leading grassroots innovation to improve the lives of people living in poverty. The highlight of the event will be a panel discussion and interactive speed-mentoring session with attendees.
This event is run in collaboration with MIT’s D-Lab Innovation Ecosystem Builders program that brings together local leaders from low-income communities who are building innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems to address local and global challenges.
November Speed-Date a Global Entrepreneur This event aims to bring together future entrepreneurs and global entrepreneurial leaders, whereby new startup developers can ask their burning questions and receive feedback on their creative business ideas. Essentially, this is an opportunity for attendees to pick the brains of successful innovators in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Each attendee will have 10 minutes with an entrepreneur before swapping to their next ‘date’.
This event is run in collaboration with MIT’s D-Lab Innovation Ecosystem Builders program that brings together local leaders from global communities who are building innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems to address local and global challenges.
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.
The signature program of the Generation Launch program is the startup intensives - the chance to dive into work on a real startup - either an existing organisation, or a new venture.
The Startup Intensive is a deep dive program to support individuals to work with, and launch, a venture. These are partnership programs in collaboration with higher education work integrated learning program (students) or a Professional Year (migrant program). This program is a collaboration with Victorian startups to support internships and professional work experience. We aim to help make working in startups a real option – rather just pursuing a corporate career path.
This innovative structure will provide support – including some of the educational workshops listed above – but this is a real startup experience, in that participants will actually test the market, prototype their product, get user feedback, create marketing plans, and bring their startup venture idea into life. Others will wok on real startup projects and challenges, connecting to the Victorian startup ecosystem, and seeing life inside a startup venture in an up close and real way. We will provide some structure, support, mentorship and feedback to support this process.
The core Startup Intensive program is launching in the second half of 2018. Contact the Unbound team if you'd like to host, participate or support this program.