Have a bright idea for a local food venture and interested in participating in the 2018 Local Food Launchpad? Join us for the 2018 Concept Development Workshop and see how we can help make your big idea happen.

Do you have an idea for a local food product, service, campaign or community project? We’d like to help you take those next big steps toward making it happen. Join us at the Local Food Concept Development Workshop and hear why you should apply for the 2018 Local Food Launchpad accelerator program, what you can expect as a participant, and how to improve your chances of submitting a successful application.

Local Food Launchpad:
launching innovative ideas to improve Melbourne’s food system.

Melbourne has developed a reputation as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is now the country’s fastest growing capital city, with a population that is expected to almost double to 8 million people by 2050. We believe that a food system that can support eight million people, and enable all to thrive, needs to be healthy, sustainable, resilient and socially inclusive — from paddock to plate. We also believe that a flourishing local food economy, is not only good for business, it’s also good for people and planet.

Since 2013 City of Melbourne, Doing Something Good, and Open Food Network have been working together to support the people, communities and organisations working to improve our local food system. Since 2015, through our Local Food Launchpad program, we’ve worked with dozens of passionate, inspiring and creative Melburnians to develop their ideas for local food ventures, and grow their ability to innovate, collaborate and shape a better food future.

Read about the 11 inspiring and innovative local food ventures that came out of the 2016 Local Food Launchpad here.

“The LFLP drew together a fascinating group of people with inspiring ideas of how to change our food system. Working together to develop these ideas into projects, under the guidance of the Doing Something Good team, was a really valuable experience.”

“Just having the space to play with ideas in a setting where everyone was in the same frame of mind was really incredible. It was a great think tank, and its been amazing to see how everyone else’s projects have developed and collaborate with other LFLP people in the last few months.”

“A terrific structured program that was results orientated.”

A bigger and better Local Food Launchpad for 2018

Building on the success of the 2016 Local Food Launchpad, we’re running an improved and expanded program, over ten weeks from April to June in 2018 . We’re looking for individuals and organisations that have an idea for a new product, service, campaign or community initiative that they believe will contribute to:

  • increasing food production in Melbourne, and/or
  • increasing opportunities for Melburnians and visitors to Melbourne to purchase locally and regionally-grown food.

Join us for the 2018 Local Food Launchpad, and we’ll help you get ready to launch, go for funding, build your team, find partners, or whatever you need to take that next big step with your project. With our experienced team of facilitators, presenters and mentors, we’ll work with you to to develop your concept into an innovative enterprise, product, service, campaign or community initiative.

Interested? Applying is simple. All you need to do is fill out an online application with  a few paragraphs about you and your project — less than 600 words in total — the equivalent to about one page of text. No references, business plans or pitch decks needed.

But before you do that, make sure you read more about the 2018 Local Food Launchpad and how to apply here. You should also join us for the Local Food Launchpad Concept Development Workshop on Wednesday 14 March.

Make sure you join us for the Local Food Concept Development Workshop, Wednesday 14 March.

To give yourself the best chance of submitting a successful application, we highly recommend joining us for the Local Food Concept Development Workshop on Wednesday 14 March. More than two-thirds of the total number of successful applicants for the 2016 Local Food Launchpad, participated in the 2016 Concept Development Workshop.

At the workshop you will:

  • learn more about the issues with our current food system, and the benefits for all Melburnians in a healthy, sustainable, secure and socially inclusive food system
  • get an insight into emerging opportunities for local food products, services and other ventures
  • find out about the Local Food Launchpad program and experience in more detail – from us and from Local Food Launchpad 2016 participants
  • be taken through a design-led process to draw out and develop key aspects of your big idea to improve your Local Food Launchpad application.



ArtPlay at Birrarung Marr
Russell Street Extension (on the Yarra River behind Federation Square)


6:00pm – 8:30pm (doors open at 5:30pm, presentation starts at 6:00pm SHARP)

Tea, coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Register below to join us for the 2018 Local Food Concept Development Workshop Wednesday 14 March.

Remember, applications for the 2018 Local Food Launchpad close at midnight on Sunday 25 March 2018. Learn more about the Local Food Launchpad program and how to apply here.

> If you’d like to keep up with Local Food Launchpad announcements and other Good Food Project news, you can do so by signing up for updates here. You can also join the conversation online by following @GoodFoodProj on Twitter, liking Doing Something Good on Facebook, and following Doing Something Good on Instagram, and by using hashtag #LFLP18.

Local Food Launchpad 2018 Partners

The Local Food Launchpad is brought to you by Doing Something Good in partnership with City of Melbourne and Open Food Network. If you’re interested in supporting the Local Food Launchpad as a volunteer or Launchpad partner, please contact David Hood via email at david[at]doingsomethinggood.com.au

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