It’s the time of year when tree-changes and career moves make the list of new year’s resolutions. And there’s never been a better time to start a new business venture than in 2019 with the Startup Shakeup. 

Founded in 2018, this local North East Victorian network is the place for current and future business founders to pitch ideas, gain support from bright minds and potential investors, and access resources to get a side hustle off the ground.  

2019 brings networking events and workshops to Indigo Benalla, Wangaratta and Mansfield municipalities that will connect like-minded movers-and-shakers, identify local community problems that could benefit from innovation, and support the founding of innovative new business ventures to shape and grow our region. 

Startup Shakeup Coordinator Emma Jones  

“Everything we offer is either free or low cost, thanks to funding from LaunchVic and support from local councils, CSU, NE Tracks LLEN and GOTAFE.” 

LaunchVic CEO Kate Cornick 

“93% of Victorian startups are based in the Melbourne CBD – so our focus is to expand the opportunities for startups to be created anywhere in Victoria with the right support and ecosystem” 

  • Kick-off is in February with Smart Seeds Open in Benalla on Saturday 16 February, the second in a series of workshops designed to attract local leaders and thinkers to tackle challenges too big to solve on their own, and creating solutions for lasting community benefit and business success in the region. Other events between now and Easter include: 
  • Jump Start Me – pre-accelerator program kicks off on in Benalla on Wednesday 6 March at and is a series of four weekly workshops that will teach you what it takes to go global with an idea. Comes with mentoring so you can work through your own idea with a coach. 
  • CSU Organisational Entrepreneurship Program – designed for managers and leaders to develop, launch and grow innovative ideas and projects within their businesses or organisations which starts on Friday February 15 at Wangaratta Regional Study Centre.  
  • My Big Idea by Global Sisters – A workshop designed to help women explore and land a concept they want to turn into a business. 

What is Startup Shakeup? 

Thanks to a $400,000 grant from LaunchVic, Startup Shakeup is a network of entrepreneurs, businesses, and investors striving to turn big ideas into jobs and opportunities for growth in North East Victoria. More information and event registration at: www.startupshakeup.co 

Whether you’re a person with a great idea to solve local problems, a visionary who wants to leave their mark and give back, or someone looking to pursue a side hustle outside the 9-5, the Startup Shakeup network invite  you to be part of the new calendar of events across Beechworth, Yackandandah , Benalla, Wangaratta and Mansfield. 

Photo credit: Paul Dillon 
Photo L-R: Some of the Startup Shakeup team 

Danielle Dalmau (Mansfield Shire Council), Anne Shaw (NE Tracks LLEN), Emma Jones (Startup Shakeup), Catherine Macmillan (Benalla Rural City Council), Kate Cornick (CEO, LaunchVic), Rachael Richards (Rural City of Wangaratta), Ilena Young (Charles Sturt University), Rohan Latimer (Jewellers Coworking)