About the 2016 Local Food Launchpad accelerator program
The Local Food Launchpad program is made up of over a dozen practice-based modules to be delivered over two months. The program will kick off with a full weekend Bootcamp kicking on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August, followed by weekly sessions every Wednesday evening, 6pm-9pm, from 10 August — 28 September.
The final session will be a special event open to the public — a pitch night. At the Local Food Launchpad Pitch Night, Launchpad participants will present their projects to potential funders and project partners, and have the opportunity to recruit potential team members. Details on Pitch Night will be available after the commencement of the Local Food Launchpad program.
We’ll be taking up to 12 teams (maximum of three people per team) in this year’s Local Food Launchpad. If you’re a team of one, we still encourage you to apply, but past experience has shown us that it significantly helps to have someone else to work on your project with, who are learning what you are learning and are also familiar with the concepts, theory, tools and practices you’ll be using to develop your big idea. So if you can, bring someone along.
Programs like the Local Food Launchpad, usually cost participants up to $5,000 each. Thanks to City of Melbourne, Open Food Network, and the generosity of our mentors and volunteer team, we’re able to offer places in the 2016 Local Food Launchpad for considerably less.
The registration cost per team (of one to three people) is:
> One person: $295
> Two people: $495
> Three people: $645
Your registration fee will cover participation in all ten face-to-face Local Food Launchpad sessions, additional time with mentors, materials, access to online resources, and food and beverages at each of the sessions.
Successful applicants will need to pay their team’s registration fee in full, prior to Session One, Saturday 6 August.
Local Food Launchpad sessions will be held at Melbourne Multicultural Hub on Elizabeth St in Melbourne’s CBD — opposite Queen Victoria Market, and a short walk from Melbourne Central train station.
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