St^rtup Gippsl^nd

Small start. Big vision.

If you have a new business - or even an idea for a new business - and a vision to make it national or global, we want to help you.

Startup Gippsland is for anyone who wants to develop, launch or scale their business. It includes public events such as meetups, one-off masterclasses and a showcase of local startups.

For successful applicants, there is a 12-week program to accelerate the growth of your business, giving you the skills to quickly scale up.

Each week you will attend a two-hour workshop delivered by a range of startup experts, plus weekly individual mentoring sessions. The program culminates in a pitch night, where participants pitch their startup and share their learnings with fellow entrepreneurs. And if you complete the course, it’s free!

Applications for our March 2019 intake are now open. If you’re interested in applying, or even just a bit curious, there is only one step to take: call Startup Gippsland on 03 5644 3321 or email

The Startup Gippsland 12-week program

About the program

About the program

The 12-week program accelerates the growth of your business, giving you the skills to quickly scale up.

The program consists of three main elements:

  • Weekly 2-hour workshops with experts
  • One-on-one weekly mentoring sessions
  • Monthly social events and meetups for everyone in the program

The program culminates in a pitch night where all participants pitch their startup, share their learnings and celebrate their progress.

How does the 12-week program work?

How does the 12-week program work?

The program will cover a wide range of startup fundamentals that will help you define, develop and grow your business. The topics will be covered by local experts in the training workshops and will include:

  • Introduction to startups
  • Value proposition
  • Branding
  • Idea validation
  • Legal basics
  • Public relations
  • Product development
  • Customer acquisition
  • Raising investment
  • Pitching

We’ve tailored the program to fit around your work. We understand that starting a business is a risk and that’s why we don’t expect you to quit your day job while you’re getting your business off the ground.

The program will run from 18 March until 12 June 2019 and although the program is intensive, we’ve kept the required face-to-face hours for workshops and mentoring capped at approximately 3 hours per week. Workshops will be scheduled after work hours during the week, while mentoring sessions can be scheduled to suit your individual availability.

How do I apply?

How do I apply?

Places in the 12-week program are competitive and limited to 10 spots per council area (Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Latrobe City and Wellington). The application process will assess potential participants in two rounds:

Complete the online application form between 27 Dec 2018 and 15 Feb 2019. This form helps us understand the details of your business and should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. If you have any questions about the form, please call us on 03 5644 3321 or email us at

Selected applicants will then be invited for a 30 minute face-to-face interview with the Startup Gippsland team between 18 February and 1 March 2019. This interview will be an informal chat that helps us understand more about you as a person. We will share any questions that we plan on asking you prior to the day so that you can prepare.

Successful participants will be notified by 4 March 2019.

We’re looking for people who:

  • Have a business idea or an established small business
  • Want to grow their business to reach scalable markets
  • Are passionate about the business they’re in
  • Have a can-do attitude
  • Are driven to make the most out of opportunities

We’re not after the stereotypical entrepreneur - we’re after real hard-working Gippslanders who want to grow their business across the region and beyond. If this sounds like you, then apply here.


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Our Partners

Startup Gippsland is a project by the Bass Coast Shire, Baw Baw Shire, Latrobe City and Wellington Shire councils, funded by LaunchVIC and delivered by GippsTech.

Contact Startup Gippsland


03 5644 3321



PO Box 1412, Warragul VIC 3820