Launch

Are you a passionate founder looking to grow your startup and yourself?

LaunchHUB is our 12 week accelerator program which supports a cohort of dedicated RMIT founders on the journey to market launch.

Our program is designed to help you accelerate your startup’s progress and develop key founder skills for future success.

If you're looking to join a dynamic community of startups working from our Melbourne CBD co-working space, apply for our next LaunchHUB.

Fixed team desk at RMIT Activator CBD

Weekly accountability standups & 1-1 coaching

Connect with RMIT experts

1-1 Professional Advisory

Designer-in-residence

Customised advice on visual branding

Network

Access RMIT experts through industry connections and community events

Funding

Opportunity to apply for Activator Capital Fund up to $25k

Application Process

Stage 1

Submit the online application form by Sunday 20th October

Stage 2

First round outcomes announced Friday 25th October

Stage 3

Interviews with selection panel Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th November

Stage 4

Final outcomes announced Friday 8th November 

Stage 5

Induction day at RMIT Activator Monday 18th November

Activator Coach Collective

The Activator Coach Collective is a group of highly skilled and dedicated coaches who support our startups teams on their business journeys. 

Jeanette Cheah

Co-founder of The Hacker Exchange

Damian Karaula

Co-founder of Mentor Hub

Ben Sandhu

Co-founder of Ida Sports

Darren Sutton

Founder of The Common Purpose Collective

Linda Owerstrom

Founder of The New Kind

Mike Ebinum

Co-founder of Sheda

Luke McCarthy

CTO of Tickbox

Professional advisory partners

Applications are now open for our November program.

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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– 11am
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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 18th November 2019 

Christmas Break

Monday 23rd December – Sunday 5th January

Weekly Stand-Up

Every Monday at 10am–11am

Induction Week Sessions

Induction: Monday 18th November at 10am–1pm

Workshop: Thursday 21st November at 10am–2pm


Workshop: Thursday 28th November at 10am–2pm


Social: Thursday 28th November at 5:30pm–7:30pm

Program End Date

Friday 21st February 2020

Success stories

The Activator Capital Board

The purpose

The Fund supports new ventures through pre-seed loans of up to A$25,000.
The Fund was created to help businesses reach a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to enable successful market launch and/or attract third party investment for further business growth.

Format

Funds are awarded based on a milestone driven approach and are provided as an interest free loan, emulating typical business rules. Based on set criteria, funding of up to A$25K may be awarded through multiple increments. Teams will be selected to pitch to the Capital Fund Board based on the stage of their business, readiness to pitch and level of engagement in the Activator LaunchHUB program. If selected, startup teams will pitch to the Board outlining specific outcomes that will be achieved by their business over the following 3 months. Note: RMIT does not take any form of equity in any Activator startup.

Eligibility

To be considered for Activator Capital Funding, startup teams must:

  • Be a part of the Activator LaunchHUB accelerator program
  • Not have previously received funding from prior NEIF or Capital Fund programs
  • Be registered as a company and have a bank account in the company name*.
     

*It is possible to apply for company status and register a bank account after the funding application, however this must be completed within the funding window.

FAQs

We welcome both solo founders and teams to apply.

This program is free! RMIT is committed to developing an entrepreneurial culture and supporting enterprise development amongst our community.

Selected teams need to commit 4 hours a week to program participation, which includes Monday morning stand-up meetings. Founders get the most value from the program through active participation. This includes working from the co-working space, attending masterclasses, networking events and weekly catch-ups with the startup coaches.

Every Monday, we kick off the week with a stand-up meeting to set our goals and intentions for the week. Masterclasses run weekly on Tuesdays between 4:00pm – 6:00pm, with social events on Thursdays between 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

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 participants have the opportunity to apply for the Activator Capital Fund which grants an interest free loan of up to $25k. Activator will determine your suitability and readiness for funding based on a set criteria. All successful applicants will be expected to pitch for funding and show what specific outcomes will be achieved over the following 3 months. 

RMIT does not take any form of equity in any Activator startup.

Yes, but teams need to apply for Company Status and bank account within the funding window after submitting their application.

 

LaunchHUB runs three times per year, so support for your startup is never out of reach. Programs dates for 2019:

  • LaunchHUB #1 – 25th March 2019 – 10th June 2019
  • LaunchHUB #2 – 22nd July 2019 – 11th Oct 2019
  • LaunchHUB #3 – 18th Nov 2019 – 14th Feb 2020

Our program involves weekly commitment so as long as you can be flexible with your timing to attend our weekly stand-ups every Monday at 10am–11am and work from the co-working space part or full time during the week. 
 

If you don’t think you’re able to commit to this involvement right now, we recommend applying for a future program. We run three cohorts each year, so you never have to wait too long for the next round! In the meantime, please connect with us via our online offerings including Activator Rise and our Micro Credentials.

Activator RISE

Not ready for LaunchHUB just yet? Unlock Activator resources, such as co-working space, group coaching and masterclasses through RISE.
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