CivVic Labs

CivVic Labs by LaunchVic invites startups to apply innovative technology to Victoria’s big challenges.

In partnership with VicHealth, the latest round of the program encourages aspiring founders and early-stage startups to use their skills to create a fairer and healthier future for Victoria’s young people.

Selected founders will participate in a pre-accelerator experience where they will co-design and test their solutions with VicHealth policy experts and receive $10,000 equity-free funding.

At the end of the six-week program, founders have the chance to apply for a further $25,000 in seed funding to bring their idea to market.

Open Challenges

Challenge

Improving young people's access to healthy food

VicHealth are calling on startups to support young people to access healthy food that is affordable and culturally appropriate in their communities. This is an opportunity to learn startup and co-design principles to drive the development of youth-led solutions that address the barriers young people face to accessing healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food.

Challenge

Exposing unhealthy food advertising targeted at young people

Develop prototypes that uncover and expose invasive marketing practices of harmful industries, particularly the ultra-processed food industry. Harmful industries are the brands, companies or organisations who profit from products that are harmful to health and wellbeing.

Watch Now

HealthTech is Victoria’s largest startup subsector, with 1 in 5 startups working in this space. We sat down with VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio to hear more about the CivVic Labs challenges and the opportunity for aspiring founders looking to make a genuine impact.

FAQs

  • Yes. LaunchVic is the Victorian government's lead startup agency, and our remit is to grow startups based in the state.

  • Alongside 6 full day workshops, startups participating in CivVic Labs will need to allocate time to work on their model, participate in office hours, and develop their final output. The minimum suggested additional time to allocate is three hours per week.

  • Your startup can have any number of people working in it right now, part of your team.

  • All the resources you need for CivVic Labs will made available to you. A number of VicHealth staff will be participants throughout the pre-accelerator, providing their insight throughout. Each participant will also have access to relevant experts and mentors, customers and users, at defined points throughout the pre-accelerator.

  • All the resources you need for CivVic Labs will made available to you. A number of VicHealth staff will be participants throughout the pre-accelerator, providing their insight throughout. Each participant will also have access to relevant experts and mentors, customers and users, at defined points throughout the pre-accelerator.

  • In the CivVic Labs Application Guidelines, you can find our definition of Idea-to-Early Stage. You must be idea-to-early stage to participate. If you have a more specific question, email calvin.frith@launchvic.org https://launchvic.org/files/LaunchVic-CVL-Guidelines-final.pdf"

  • No. There is no expectation for you to have a cash flow analysis of the next 3-5 years on application. We will run sessions on financials during the pre-accelerator.

  • You are able to apply to both challenges however you are required to submit a separate application for each challenge

  • We're looking for passionate people who are capable of delivering a solution to the challenge identified. In the CivVic Labs Application Guidelines, the selection criteria are outlined. You should come with the capability to deliver the solution you are proposing https://launchvic.org/files/LaunchVic-CVL-Guidelines-final.pdf

  • The pre-accelerator program will be six days over six weeks, with a pitch day that follows its' completion. We understand the challenge for people who are working however you must be able to commit to the full six days of the pre-accelerator in person, in Melbourne, to get the full benefits.

  • You are not required to have a registered ABN to apply to CivVic Labs

  • Yes. We encourage anyone who meets the eligibility criteria to apply to solve the problem. No startup is too small.

  • Yes, as long as the solution addresses the challenge and can be sustainable (not reliant solely on grants)

  • CivVic Labs is focused on supporting applicants to create the best solution for each challenge. Solutions could provide tools to answer research questions (similar to the in scope interests outlined). Should the tech tools be effective, they could help provide information and evidence to inform recommendations to address existing challenges around harmful marketing, and help support future research in the same or related areas.