LaunchVic's new chairperson announced

Tuesday, 03 October, 2017

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LaunchVic has just received a new chairperson, appointed by the Victorian Government.

Businesswoman and philanthropist Laura Anderson has taken over as chairperson of the $60 million start-up accelerator.

Anderson has worked extensively with governments, industry leaders, businesses and communities to develop and deliver programs and initiatives that foster an entrepreneurial culture, build entrepreneurial talent and support firms to grow globally.

She recognises that a thriving start-up ecosystem that supports and assists entrepreneurs is critical to the creation of future jobs and industries in the Victorian economy.

“Now is the time for our community to lead by example and maximise its potential to create, innovate and collaborate beyond Victoria’s borders, and that’s what I intend to do,” said incoming LaunchVic chairperson Laura Anderson.

LaunchVic’s programs promote diversity and inclusion and the excellence of Victoria’s thriving start-up scene which has produced three global companies each valued at more than $2 billion.

“Laura is extremely well known in Australian and international business circles and her expertise and networks will be invaluable assets to LaunchVic,” said acting Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Luke Donnellan.

LaunchVic was established in 2016 by the state government to support the Victorian start-up sector. To date it has invested $11.4 million in 28 projects including a recent commitment of $1.4 million to encourage migrants and refugees in Victoria to develop their ideas and strengthen their start-up skills.

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