LaunchHUB

LaunchHUB

Applications are now open for our September 2021 Impact Venture cohort.

Ready to take your startup to the next level?

RMIT Activator’s pre-accelerator program aims to support a cohort of passionate founders to achieve product-market fit and join a supportive community for life. 

For our 11th LaunchHUB program we’re looking for early stage startup founders who are innovative, and technology enabled to address our key theme of Impact Venture. So, if your venture aims to make the world a better place – we want you. 

This will be a 12 weeks of face to face LaunchHUB program, to support you on your founder journey within a supportive community. LaunchHUB provides successful founders a combined value of $200K worth of resources and services in the form of coaching, credits and knowledge 

Startups will also have the opportunity to pitch for a grant after reaching key milestones during the program as well as the opportunity to pitch for further competitive funding at the end of the year.  

What does the program look like?

Facilitated by our Lead Program Coach, our weekly accountability stand-ups will keep you on track to achieve your goals, whilst also connecting you with your fellow cohort. 

These will run every Monday at 10am – 11:30am.

Learn key knowledge from experts in the startup ecosystem on how to work towards achieving product-market fit. These sessions will inspire and motivate you to sustainably grow your venture. These will run every Tuesday @ 10am – 11:30am. You can expect to learn about the following topics: 

  • Develop an understanding of your customer 
  • Clearly define and test your value proposition 
  • Determine the size, attractiveness and depth of the market 
  • Develop a proof of concept, prototype and/or MVPs 
  • Begin to formulate a viable business model that can achieve sustainable impact 1-on-1 
  • How to clearly pitch your business 

Throughout LaunchHUB you will have access to our RMIT Activator co-working space located in the heart of Melbourne. This will be the perfect place to work from an inspiring location and meet like-minded founders. This is an optional resource to take advantage of throughout the program.  

You'll meet with our program coaches each week to keep you on track and tackle any business challenges that you’re facing - they’ll be the perfect sounding board for your business! 

During LaunchHUB you’ll join a cohort of social-impact led founders to experience the program with, as well as becoming a member of our broader Activator startup community. Your complimentary community membership will give you access to our valuable network, community events, resources and more. We can’t wait to see you grow, thrive and give-back to our community.  

Why startups choose LaunchHUB

Weekly accountability sessions

Dedicated 1-on-1 coaching sessions

Exclusive deals from AWS, Google, Stripe & Airwallex

Access to our supportive start up community

Access to industry connections and community events

50 points towards ESIC (Early Stage Innovation Company) eligibility

Application Process

Stage 1

Submit the online application form by 1 March 2020

Stage 2

First round outcomes announced: 5 March 2020

Stage 3

Interviews with selection panel: 11 & 12 March 2020

Stage 4

Final outcomes announced: 13 March 2020

Stage 5

Induction day at RMIT Activator: 30 March 2020

What we are looking for

  • Startup founders who are leveraging technology and global connectedness to drive positive social impact in the world.
  • A driven and purposeful team with at least one committed founder able to attend all program elements throughout the 12 weeks.
  • An understanding of market opportunity (measured through the articulation of market size, trends, existing business models, total addressable market)
  • Identifiable problem and solution (clearly defined problem statement and a well thought out solution to address the problem)
  • Early customer validation (evidence of early testing with real customers and users, with feedback and insights)
  • A curious mindset and a willingness to ask questions, take on feedback and support the other founders to succeed.’
  • A willingness to contribute and give back to the broader Activator community
  • Bonus points if you have demonstrated technical capabilities and clearly understand your IP and patent situation. 

Program important dates for September 2021 Cohort

28th July Thursday, 12.30- 1.30: LaunchHUB AMA Session

15th August Sunday, 11.59 pm: Phase 1 Written application/ Video Submission due

23rd August Monday to 26th of August Thursday 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Four-day Activator Bootcamp, 20 startups

26th of August Thursday: 20 startups pitch to the LaunchHUB panel

30th August Monday: Final outcomes announced

6th September Monday: Program commencement and Induction Day

26th November Friday: LaunchHUB#11 Final Showcase

26th November Friday: Program close

Interested? 

Applications are now open for our September 2021 cohort. Apply now and sign up to our LaunchHUB AMA session to learn more about the program. You’ll able to ask us any questions and hear from LaunchHUB alumni about their experience.





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Eligibility criteria

  • At least one founding member has to be RMIT Staff, Student or Alumni
  • Demonstrate a working MVP
  • Can work part or full-time from the CBD co-working space
  • Commitment to key program activities including weekly stand-ups every Monday at 10am– 11:30am
Induction day.

What we look for

  • Unique value proposition
  • Evidence of customer engagement
  • High impact potential
  • A team with complementary skills
  • Commitment to building a business
  • Open-mindedness and coachability
  • Eagerness to engage with a community

Key Program Dates

Program Start Date

Monday 30th March 2020

Weekly Stand-Up

Every Monday at 10am–11:30am

Program End Date 

3rd July 2020 
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2021 LaunchHUB program partner

Luna: A startup that helps startups start up!

At Luna, we’ve got the in-house expertise and industry connections to support founders at every stage of their journey - from getting setup, right through to investment and successful exits - our team of startup specialists have helped hundreds of Aussie startups launch, grow and go global.

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Circular Economy Victoria (CEV) is an incorporated not-for-profit that works to catalyse transformative change through social innovation in Victoria. Their vision is to help create a world where people can thrive in balance with the living planet.

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FAQs

We’re excited to bring you in person elements like connecting you with your cohort, coaches and the Activator community! The program starts by kicking off with Induction Day on Mon 6th September. These sessions will be held at our RMIT Activator Melbourne co-working space and it’s imperative that you are there in person.  There will also be an optional Welcome Drinks in Melbourne during week 1 Thursday 9th September to really connect with the cohort.  

1-1 coaching can either be run online or in person throughout the program. 

We will monitor restrictions carefully throughout the program to ensure we operate in line with the university’s approach and government guidelines. If restrictions change throughout the program, we will shift our in-person session to online to ensure your safety is our top priority.

Yes. This program will run for 12 weeks and has a focus on impact ventures led startup founders. We’re also conscious that founders across Victoria are in need of support to thrive in the current environment so we’ve opened up this opportunity to all, even if you are not affiliated with RMIT.

We are looking for startups who are leveraging technology and global connectedness to drive positive social impact in the world. From cyber security, to sustainable fashion, to circular economy solutions, tech has the power to create social impact at scale. If your venture aims to make the world a better place - apply now.

Don’t worry, we won’t be doing this forever! Simply express your interest to join our next intake in 2021.

This program is free! The university is committed to developing an entrepreneurial culture and supporting enterprise development amongst the Activator community.

All selected founders are expected to attend our weekly Stand-ups (Mondays @ 10-11:30am), Growth Sessions (Tuesdays @ 10-11:30am) and one hour of coaching per week (various times). Each week involves a 4.5 hour commitment.

Founders get the most value from the program through active participation in all program sessions. We will be sharing the full program calendar once you are successful with your application so you can safely book the time on your own calendar.

RMIT Activator does NOT claim any IP rights in respect of idea or startup. However, RMIT staff applying for LaunchHUB need to consult with RMIT Research and Innovation given that RMIT has ownership of intellectual property created by staff members in the course of their employment.

LaunchHUB in itself is an investment from the university that is worth $218,000 in support and resources. However for our 11th program we will be providing the opportunity  for teams to pitch for a $2.5K grant once they have reached key milestones in week 8 of the program. Each team will also have the opportunity to pitch for further competitive funding at the end of the year. 

 We are also more than happy to help with our knowledge and network to connect teams with other funding opportunities if necessary. 

We are currently planning our co-working space re-opening. You’ll be able to access the space when the program starts (from September 6th). We will have a desk booking system in place to ensure everyone has equal access and that we abide by our capacity limits and social distancing measures.  

The program is face to face with the flexibility to be online (COVID19 Updates). Our aim is to really connect you to our community, cohort and coaches in person! 

Industry mentoring and community membership! Our continuous support means tapping into our pool of mentors to keep you moving forward and continuously helping you move into the next phase of your startup journey.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.