Our community is built by intentionally choosing founders and businesses who are open to new ideas, are willing to contribute, and are motivated to take action.
We deliberately cultivate diversity in the community because we know that creativity and innovation come from celebrating our differences, not the comfort of our similarities.
RECENT & UPCOMING
LaunchPad members started 2023 with a bang(er) and some sizzle with a KOREAN vs AUSSIE BBQ. The Kangaroo steak and sausages were a huge hit. The turnout was better than we had hoped for, and the cooks couldn’t keep up with the demand. Everyone had a great time, and if the sizzle was a sign of things to come, then we’re in for a great 2023!
Check out our Events in February to April
- Tuesday 21st Feb, Townhall 12pm-1pm
- Wednesday 8th Mar, International Women’s Day (for women founders)
- Wednesday 22nd Mar, Founders’ Luncheon 12pm-1pm
- 3rd April to 6th April, Easter Egg Hunt
- Tuesday 18th Apr, Townhall 12pm-1pm
We love a good Trick or Treat, and every year we transform our iconic W-Class Tram into a haunted house.
Our Groundcrew team have lots of fun creating spooky cambers and you’ll love the ghostly tram driver.
When: Oct 31st through to the 8th of Nov (bus hours)
Where: LaunchPad Evolve Tramstage
How much: It’s Free.
Implementing Sustainability in Startups
The evidence is there — climate initiatives in business aren’t just ‘nice-to-have’; they’re key.
Consumer expectations around sustainability are increasing, and now more than ever, startups and VCs need to implement climate-conscious strategies and processes to keep up.
This is why we’ve joined hands with JCN to dig deeper into the hows, whys and whats of climate action for startups with Eytan Lenko (CEO of Boundless and Chair of JCN), Joel Hanna (Sustainability Lead at Xero) and Emma Jenkin (Investment Director at Kilara Capital).
You’re guaranteed to leave with a bunch of practical ways to action sustainable processes in your biz.
When: Thursday 17th Nov 2022
Where: LaunchPad Evolve
End of Year Breakup Party
Each year we host our community-led end-of-year breakup party open to all our members and ecosystem.
This year’s theme is Melbourne at its iconic best in the 1980s. Think Roller Disco & leg warmers, Sony Walkman & Atari, Prince & Queen – a time when Melbourne was discovering good coffee, and we no longer had to explain “Melbourne, Australia” – we just said “Melbourne” and the world knew where we were talking about.
When: Friday 2nd Dec 2022
Where: LaunchPad Evolve
We call members, Collaborators.
If we do our job well, everyone in the community benefits from sharing ideas, knowledge and insights. The collision of founders with ideas naturally leads to collaboration – that’s why we call our members Collaborators. As a team, we know we’ve succeeded when we see two companies working together.
We look for teams or organisations that are inter-generational, having a broader gamut of perspectives and life experiences on which to draw. They create a more resilient, robust and rounded business.
The world is now flat, and a simmering melting pot of cultures, values and worldviews. The teams or organisations we seek, have a diverse set of backgrounds and cultures that provide an invaluable arsenal of perspectives and approaches for today’s market as well as tomorrows.
In the world of colliding disciplines today, a team or organisation which has inter-disciplinary people will be able to take on opportunities that others can’t even because they have more in-depth, broader and versatile sets of capacities and capabilities.
Our Secret Sauce
We think we’ve found the secret recipe for innovation success…
30% the LaunchPad member businesses are Grown-ups, having operated profitably for at least 12 months and have in their books a credible portfolio of clients. Grown-ups benefit from exposure to innovative ideas and new thinking while they provide experience and wisdom to the community.
50% of LaunchPad member businesses are Scale-ups, agile and explosive businesses on a trailblazing innovation path and on a growth trajectory that is more vertical than horizontal. Scale-ups benefit from our collaborative space, access to inter-generational wisdom, inter-disciplinary experience and inter-cultural nuance.
Finally, 10% of LaunchPad member businesses are Start-ups. Strategically and purposefully selected, Start-ups contribute to the eco-system by injecting new ideas and innovative thinking. At the same time, they gain in return loads of TLC on their path to entrepreneurial immortality.
Join Our Community and become a collabator.
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