The City of Melbourne released the Startup Action Plan in 2017 to support innovative businesses to start, grow and go global from Melbourne.

Over the next four years, we will deliver a range of initiatives that will be relevant to entrepreneurs and startups at all stages of growth.

This is the place to come for:

  • regular updates on initiatives
  • asking questions and accessing new networks
  • information on funding and the startup industry
  • promotional opportunities.

Melbourne Global Innovation Program

The Melbourne Global Innovation Program is an initiative between the City of Melbourne and The Hacker Exchange and is a unique two-week experience designed to upskill and equip budding entrepreneurs to start and grow their own business.

Consultation closed



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    CEO Round table

    December 2015

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    ​Startup Community Workshop​

    February 2016

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Internal Workshop

    How does the City of Melbourne already support startups?

    April 2016

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Student Workshop

    How can City of Melbourne support entrepreneurial students?

    April 2016

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    MindHive Survey

    May 2016

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    Startup Ecosystem Report completed

    June 2016

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    Community consultation

    With Inspire9, ACMI-X, BlueChilli, General Assembly, Laneway Labs, RMIT, MAP.

    15 to 20 September 2016

  • Timeline item 8 - complete

    Startup Action Plan endorsed by Council

    30 June 2017

  • Timeline item 9 - complete

    Melbourne Innovation District Launch

    July 2017

  • Timeline item 10 - complete

    Startup Celebration event

    26 October 2017

  • Timeline item 11 - complete

    Startup Photo Library released

    26 October 2017

  • Timeline item 12 - complete

    Expressions of interest for Melbourne Global Innovation Program

    10 February to 31 March 2020

  • Timeline item 13 - complete

    Startup ecosystem data collection

    March 2018 to June 2020

  • Timeline item 14 - complete

    Melbourne Global Innovation Program (Virtual)

    1 July to 17 July 2020

Read the Startup Action Plan

Lewis White (Aptus Personnel), Mei Chan (Startup Victoria), Jose Maturana (Best Friends Forever), Miranda Unnerstall – (Best Friends Forever), Charles Schwartz (Startup Victoria) and Georgia Beattie (Startup Victoria / Gravity). Photographer: Wren Steiner.

Credit: City of Melbourne / That Startup Show.

Melbourne Global Innovation Program

A two-week program for budding entrepreneurs who identify as Aboriginal, first generation, migrant, refugee or female.

Startup ecosystem

Mapping the startup ecosystem with startups in the city.

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