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StartUp Gippsland

Startup Gippsland is a collaborative project by the Bass Coast Shire, Baw Baw Shire, East Gippsland Shire, Latrobe City, South Gippsland Shire and Wellington Shire councils.

Its aim is to support entrepreneurs who have business ideas that can scale to a national or international level.

Startup Gippsland Programs

Startup Gippsland has 3 programs to support startups at different life stages

  • An Incubator Program for early-stage startups to focus, validate and grow their business or idea.
  • An Accelerator Program for later-stage startups to prepare their business for scale and international expansion.
  • An Open Program of one-off events for startups at all stages to learn business fundamentals like business modelling, pitching and exporting.

Incubator Program

Applications are ow open for The Tech Startup Skills Incubator Program!

Have you got a great business idea - but you’re missing the tech know-how to make it happen?

Perhaps it’s an online marketplace, or an app, or a piece of software. Whatever it is, you’re passionate about bringing your idea to life, and we want to support you to make it happen!

The Tech Startup Skills Incubator Program is tailored toward Gippsland startups who are at the idea-stage of their tech-based business journey. It is a 6 month program consisting of 6 elements:

  • Monthly weekend intensive masterclasses taking place in Latrobe City
  • Monthly networking events   
  • A dedicated and diverse mentor panel
  • Monthly 1:1 catch ups with program facilitators for additional accountability and support
  • Collaboration with universities to support you to design and build your prototype
  • A final pitch event to showcase your startup and demonstrate and launch your prototype

The program covers a wide range of business fundamentals that will help you develop your tech idea, and build confidence in your capabilities as a founder without a background in technology. At the completion of the 6 month program, you will have a working product ready for live customer feedback!

The Tech Startup Skills Incubator Program is open to 20 founders across the 6 Gippsland shires, beginning April 2021.

Learn more about our 2021 program

More Information

To find out more about Startup Gippsland and each of the programs, head to

If you have questions about the program, your idea and eligibility, or the application process, then email us at or call us on (03) 5644 3321.

Startup Gippsland is funded by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, and delivered by GippsTech.

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