Have an idea you’d like to work on for Local Food Launchpad? Join us for the Concept Development Workshop and see how we can help make it happen.

Have an idea for a local food product, service, social enterprise, campaign or community project? City of Melbourne would like to help make it happen. Join us at the Local Food Concept Development Workshop and hear why you should apply for the 2016 Local Food Launchpad, and find out what you need to submit 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 vibrant local food economy, is not only good for business, it’s also good for people and planet.

To help grow Melbourne’s local food economy, last year City of Melbourne, working with Doing Something Good, Open Food Network and Food Alliance, developed and ran Australia’s first design-led accelerator program to develop new local food projects. The 2015 Local Food Launchpad was an open, six session program over eight weeks, with over 30 participants working on 23 projects.

“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.”

“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.”

A bigger and better Local Food Launchpad for 2016

Building on the success of the 2015 Local Food Launchpad, we’re running a second, expanded program, over eight weeks this August and September. We’re looking for individuals and organisations that have an idea for a new enterprise, product, service, program, campaign, event or community initiative that they believe will contribute to:
> increasing food production within the City of Melbourne, or
> increasing the opportunities for city residents and visitors to purchase local and regionally-produced food?
Join us for the 2016 Local Food Launchpad (LFLP), 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, program, campaign, event or community initiative.
> You can learn more about the 2016 Local Food Launchpad here. And make sure you join us for the Concept Development Workshop on Tuesday 28 June (see below).

Join us for the Concept Development Workshop, Tuesday 28 June

If you have an idea that you believe can help shape a healthy, sustainable, resilient or socially inclusive food system for Melbourne, and might be interested in applying to participate in the Local Food Launchpad 2016, we invite you to join us for our Local Food Concept Development Workshop on Tuesday 28 June, from 5:30pm-8:30pm.

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 enterprises and projects
  • hear from three Victorian local food pioneers on their experience of developing and growing their local food initiative
  • find out about the Local Food Launchpad program and experience in more detail – from us and from Local Food Launchpad 2015 participants – and how to apply for the 2016 program
  • be taken through a design-led process to draw out and develop key aspects of your big idea for a local food initiative

Yarra Room
Level 3,  Melbourne Town Hall
90-130 Swanston St, Melbourne

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

Tea, coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Register below to join us for the Local Food Launchpad 2016 Concept Development Workshop Tuesday 28 June.

Guest Speakers

Dr Rachel Carey
Dr Rachel Carey
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. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Food Policy at City University, London.

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 Stephanie Gesling via email at steph@doingsomethinggood.com.au