Local Food Launchpad 2018 Pitch Night

Known as one of the world’s most liveable cities, Melbourne is growing rapidly, with a population expected to reach 8 million people by 2050. To support a city of that size, we need a food system that is healthy, sustainable, resilient, secure and socially inclusive — from production to waste reduction. Not only is a flourishing food system good for us and the environment, it’s also good for business, and provides a foundation for a vibrant and promising future.

To help shape a better food future for the people of Melbourne, City of Melbourne, Doing Something Good and Open Food Network have been working together since 2013 to support local startups, social enterprises and community projects working to improve our local and regional food system.

You’re invited to join us for our third Local Food Launchpad Pitch Night,
on Wednesday 8th August at One Roof Coworking, Southbank

This winter we’ve been running our third Local Food Launchpad, a ten week accelerator program to support the development of innovative local food ventures with real potential for making a difference. Local Food Launchpad, offers passionate and visionary individuals the unique opportunity to learn more about our food system together, and grow their ability to innovate, collaborate, creatively solve complex issues, design strategic interventions, scale their impact and lead real change.

Our aim is to support a growing movement of collaborative, dynamic and resourceful systems entrepreneurs to make a sustainable difference both individually and collectively.

Every dollar from your ticket cost will go directly to the Local Food Launchpad venture of your choice, and provide invaluable seed funding to help them get started making a real difference.

Join us for the Local Food Launchpad 2018 Pitch Night, and hear from a passionate, creative and resourceful group of Melburnians with 11 innovative and inspiring ventures to share with you. Learn what they’ve discovered about our food system and our relationship with food, about the opportunities they’ve identified through market research, customer interviews and lean experiments, and see and experience prototypes of the products and services they’re launching.

The night will feature two very special guest speakers:

  • Dr Rachel Carey who will be talking about emerging opportunities for farming in Melbourne’s foodbowl — from University of Melbourne’s latest Foodprint Melbourne report and,
  • Miranda Sharp, CEO of Melbourne Farmers Markets, who will be sharing plans for the visionary collective impact project at the new Melbourne Food Hub  

You’ll also get to meet other attendees from some of Victoria’s most innovative social enterprises, and enjoy fresh, tasty finger food lovingly prepared from Local Food Launchpad’s own Chef Ben Mac and his team at Social Food Project, featuring local produce supplied by Local Food Launchpad participants.

Join us for Local Food Launchpad 2018 Pitch Night & you can help shape a better food future

Join us for Local Food Launchpad Pitch Night and thanks to crowdfunding partner StartSomeGood, your ticket does so much more than give you entry to this fantastic event – the full price of your ticket goes directly towards the venture of your choice! Once you’ve heard all of the pitches, you’ll receive three $10 tokens (that’s a total of $30) to donate to up to three favourite ventures. This is your chance to help Launchpad participants to launch their crowdfunding campaigns and provide much needed seed funding to get them started making a real difference.

Grab your ticket now, and be part of a very special night with entrepreneurs, change agents, policy makers, strategists, innovators and community leaders from across Victoria.


Date: Wednesday 8th August

Venue: One Roof Coworking
77-83 City Rd, Southbank

Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Arrive from 5:30pm for canapés and network weaving.
Welcome at 6:00pm with presentations starting at 6:10pm.

Cost: $30
Ticket price includes: entry, $30 in credits to contribute to LFLP participant crowdfunding campaigns, a range of tasty canapés made from fresh locally-grown produce, and a selection of locally & regionally produced drinks.

Getting There:
One Roof is about eight minutes walk across the Yarra River from Flinders St Train Station.
There is 2-3hr paid and unpaid parking in nearby Kavanagh St.
Check Parkopedia for other car parking options nearby.

About our Guest Speakers

Dr Rachel Carey is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, investigating sustainable food systems, food security and food production on Melbourne’s urban fringe. She is a researcher on the Foodprint Melbourne project, which is exploring Melbourne’s local foodbowl and challenges to the city’s future food supply.

Rachel has a background in food policy, and has worked on food policies for the City of Melbourne and City of Greater Geelong. She has also been involved in a range of local food projects, including setting up a farmers’ market and school kitchen garden program.

Miranda Sharp is the founder and Managing Director of Melbourne Farmers Markets. Miranda is a retired chef, caterer and food writer cheerfully devoting 30 professional years to Victoria’s food industry.

Farmers markets are the culmination of her quest to keep Victorian agriculture front and centre in the hospitality industry, and to provide access to fresh local food direct from the people who produce it.

Her latest project is an ambitious collaboration of social enterprises, farmers and community to establish Melbourne Food Hub — the city’s first food hub.

Local Food Launchpad 2018 has been produced by Doing Something Good in partnership with City of Melbourne and Open Food Network, supported by Social Food Project and StartSomeGood. Learn more about Local Food Launchpad 2018 here.