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Governor of Victoria Startup Awards

09 February 2024

Celebrating the outstanding contribution of Victoria’s $103 billion startup sector

This year, we invite you to nominate someone in your network making a difference in the following categories:

Individual Categories (Nominated by the public) 

Ecosystem Hero of the Year

  • Must be a resident of the State of Victoria.
  • Demonstrated contribution to the development of the Victorian startup ecosystem that is above and beyond their current role.
  • This is an individual award. Organisations are not eligible

Investor of the Year

  • Must be a resident of the State of Victoria.
  • Must have made at least one early-stage investment (defined as being less than $7M) into a Victorian startup or scaleup in 2023
  • This is an individual award. Organisations are not eligible.

Company Categories

Best Newcomer

  • For firms less than three years old.

Startup of the Year

  • For those that have raised a minimum Series A in the last four years and meet one of the following:
    a) Have raised less than or equal to $10 million to date*, OR
    b) Have less than or equal to 50 employees

Scaleup of the Year

  • For firms less than ten years old that meet one of the following:
    a) Have raised more than $10 million to date*, OR
    b) Employ more than 50 people.

*For the period ending 31 December 2023

The awards for Best NewcomerStartup of the Year and Scaleup of the Year categories are selected from a shortlist of the top 30 Victorian startups based on criteria that include: money raised, age of the firm and job creation or number of employees.

This data comes from LaunchVic’s startup database, dealroom.launchvic.org, powered by global startup and VC platform dealroom.co.

Shortlisted applicants provide a written submission assessed by an external expert panel.

For the Investor of the Year and Ecosystem Hero of the Year awards, LaunchVic invites nominations from the public.

Nominations close 10am Thursday 29 February.

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