Become a Startup Scout

Discover the thrill of entrepreneurship! Melbourne residents, you're invited to tap into the startup scene as a VC scout. Excel yourself, gain insights, and contribute to our city's burgeoning business landscape.


Located in Australia, Melbourne has a thriving start-up and VC ecosystem. It is home to a diverse range of start-ups, from tech to health, and education, to name a few. This city is supported with a strong network of founders, investors, and entrepreneurs that help facilitate new ventures.

A noteworthy success story from Melbourne's start-up ecosystem is Envato. Founded by Collis Ta'eed, Cyan Claire, and Jun Rung in 2006, Envato operates a group of digital marketplaces that sell creative assets for web designers, including themes, graphics, video, audio, photography, and 3D models. Envato has achieved global success and is considered a pioneer in its industry.

Another inspiring company, Culture Amp, was founded in Melbourne in 2009 by Didier Elzinga, Rod Hamilton, Jon Williams, and Doug English. Culture Amp, an employee analytics platform, has gained worldwide recognition and has been backed by prominent international investors. These two examples show the global impact start-ups from Melbourne can have, and the scale they can reach when they find the right product-market fit.

Melbourneโ€™s venture capital scene is also active, with funds like Square Peg Capital, Rampersand, and AirTree Ventures supporting local start-ups. Noteworthy is also the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) at the University of Melbourne, which provides funding, office space, and mentoring for start-ups. It has been ranked as the 8th best university business accelerator in the world.

Government initiatives such as LaunchVic further strengthen Melbourne's start-up ecosystem. Run by the Victorian Government, LaunchVic supports the development of a globally-connected start-up community by offering funding, sharing resources, and fostering local and international connections.

To conclude, Melbourne has integrated efforts from both the government and private sector to foster a vibrant and globally-connected start-up community resulting in numerous success stories and making it an attractive destination for start-ups and venture capitalists.

As a Scout, You Can...


Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Join as a Scout at Your University

Available Programs

Startup Investor?

Be part of Melbourne's innovation scene and receive the latest dealflow opportunities from individuals and startups. Connect with the best and brightest in the city and explore new investments.

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Scout Programs in Other Global Startup Hubs



Do you interview founders &ย startups? Take your conversation insights to the next level by scouting your favourite podcast guests.

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Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

Scout startups you sit next toโ†’


Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

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Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHDย student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

Scout startups at your university โ†’

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