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About Startup Shakeup

Startup Shakeup is a network for you, the movers, shakers, and change-makers in our community. It’s your ticket to networking and educational events that will support your mission to solve local problems and support causes that shape our future…

93% of Victorian startups are based in the Melbourne CBD, but not for long… Startup Shakeup is a collaboration with LaunchVic to expand the opportunities for startups to be created, and shakeups to survive and thrive, anywhere in Victoria with the right support and ecosystem.

Our Goals & Vision

The Vision: North East Victoria will be a leader and role model for regional innovation eco-systems in Australia by 2030


Support North East Victorian entrepreneurs with their Startups, Shakeups and Innovations


To support growth and development for our Shakeups, Startups and Innovators to thrive


Connect the network to advisors, resources and funding opportunities


Help develop and retain skills in our region to take advantage of new technologies and ways of working

Learn more from one of our founders, Emma.

Meet our Team

Meet the crew behind Startup Shakeup.

Startup Shakeup is a regional collaboration thanks to a $400,000 grant from LaunchVic with five council partners in AlpineBenallaIndigoMansfield, and Wangaratta, managed by Benalla Rural City Council, in partnership with Charles Sturt UniversityGOTAFE and NE Tracks LLEN

Steering Group

Ilena Young, Chair, Charles Sturt University

Catherine Macmillan, Project Manager, Benalla Rural City Council

Anne Shaw, North East Tracks LLEN

Brett Ambrosio, GOTAFE

Danielle Roberts, Mansfield Shire Council

Guy Wilkinson, Indigo Shire Council

Rachael Richards, Rural City of Wangaratta

Kate Simpson, Alpine Shire Council

Emma Jones, GHD

Some of the Startup Shakeup team - Ro, Heather, Anne, Rachael, Ilena, Mark, Jason, Emma and Mary-Anne

Our Partner Programs

Smart Seeds

Smart Seeds is a design-led innovation program founded by GHD that is offered throughout our region and builds the connections, capabilities and confidence of emerging leaders in regional communities.

Jump Start Me

JumpStartMe run workshops for people with startup ideas, to allow them to validate the ideas and progress them into sustainable, growing and scalable businesses. It was followed up with mentoring sessions with founder, Mark Cooper.

Global Sisters

My Big Idea
My Big Ideas is a workshop for women without an idea, with too many ideas or with a very early stage business hunch. It helps women explore and land a concept they want to turn into a business.

Sister School
The Sister School is a five-day program to equip women to startup or accelerate an early stage business. It has been specifically designed for women who are facing a range of barriers to workforce participation.

ACRE Understanding Social Enterprise

People, planet, and profit are the three elements at the heart of all social enterprises. The ACRE Understanding Social Enterprise two-day workshops introduce people with a social cause idea to the objectives, purpose, theories and practice of social enterprise.

CSU Organisational Entrepreneurship

Charles Sturt University’s Organisational Entrepreneurship three-day course is designed to develop, launch and grow innovative ideas and projects within organisations. The course combines entrepreneurial theory and research with practical business and management knowledge.