LaunchHUB

LaunchHUB

Activator’s Pre-Accelerator program for founders of impact ventures

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Create a world that's better today and tomorrow. 

Launch your startup with us.

The startups that go through LaunchHUB are making a mark on the world. We work with startups who see a future that's environmentally sustainable, resilient to hardship and inclusive to all of society.

The 10 founders accepted into LaunchHUB go through 12 weeks of intensive learning and graduate with ongoing support from the Activator community long after the program ends. Plus, LaunchHUB provides you with equity-free funding opportunities and access to RMIT's world-class technology and researchers.

What can you expect if you’re accepted into LaunchHUB?

Funding opportunities

An equity-free boost worth up to $20k for your business, enhanced by mentorship from the Activator Capital Fund board.

Weekly growth sessions

Develop an understanding of your customer, define and test your value proposition and learn how to pitch.

Residency

Extend your LaunchHUB learning in the Residency, which includes coworking, continued mentorship and much more.

Stand ups and coaching

Weekly accountability stand ups keep keep you on track, with support and feedback from your cohort.


Key dates and application process

Round 1

 
Application form Applications open 22 May 2023
Applications close 25 June 2023, 11:59pm AEST

Round 2

 
Bootcamp day 4 July 2023, 9:30am – 5:00pm
RMIT Activator HQ

Program key dates

 
Program begins 25 July 2023
Showcase 12 October 2023
Activator Fund pitch 25 October 2023

Who should join LaunchHUB?

LaunchHUB connects us to founders who are invested in making a positive social impact. While we welcome all types of ventures, RMIT is closely aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations.

To be eligible for LaunchHUB, you must be RMIT affiliated and your business must have a clear social and/or environmental impact. 

Successful applicants will also have:

  • A team that is driven and purposeful - at least one team member must attend all sessions over the 12 weeks 
  • An understanding of market opportunity 
  • An identifiable problem and solution 
  • Early customer validation through real user feedback 
  • At least a protoype that has been tested
  • A strong social and/or environmental impact 
  • A curious mindset and a willingness to ask questions, take on feedback and support your fellow founders 
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Case study: Project Flock

Read about Project Flock founder and RMIT alumni Tim Ottaway’s journey through LaunchHUB. Challenges, breakthroughs and what’s next for the device that’s designed to save lives by helping people ‘be seen as human’ when they’re riding their bikes.

Find out more

Read our most frequently asked questions about LaunchHUB, the application process, Activator Capital Fund and much more.

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The Jacques Nasser Fund for Innovation

We are thrilled to be able to offer our brilliant LaunchHUB founders another funding avenue to help them grow their social impact driven start ups.

Scholarships worth $15k each will be granted to founders who best fit the profile of a Jacques Nasser Fund for Innovation recipient.

Program alumni

Showcase of various logos created by LaunchHUB's program alumni. There are 18 logos in total arranged in 3 rows of 6 logos each.

Showcase of various logos created by LaunchHUB's program alumni. There are 16 logos in total arranged in 3 rows of 6 logos each.

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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.