What is LaunchME?

LaunchME is a free initiative which gives people the opportunity to develop, finance and launch their own business. Participants work alongside other community members to create their business ideas with support from experts in the field. It is not a one-size-fits-all approach: the program is tailored to the needs of each participant.

The LaunchME program includes coaching, mentoring, business planning, building skills and networks as well as a microenterprise loan to help participants get their business up and running.

There are four programs:

  1. LaunchME for Young Carers (Victoria)
  2. LaunchME South Australia
  3. LaunchME Dandenong/Doveton
  4. LaunchME Latrobe Valley

Who is eligible?

LaunchME Young Carers

To be eligible applicants must:

  • Be aged 18 – 25
  • Live in Victoria
  • Have caring responsibilities

LaunchME South Australia, Dandenong/Doveton & Latrobe Valley

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have a Healthcare or Pension Card; or
  • Earn under $45,000 per year (after tax); and
  • Live in South Australia, Dandenong/Doveton or Latrobe Valley


Supported by:
Australian Government Department of Social Services


Latest News from LaunchME

1 March 2018

Mama Rashida dreams of sharing her culture with Adelaide

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7 June 2017

Aussie microfinance expertise goes global

The success of Good Shepherd Microfinance in Australia has been harnessed to boost a new program helping Central Americans pull themselves out of poverty.

The Good Shepherd program called Solidarity for Financial Inclusion is operating in Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador, where 60 per cent of households live in poverty and more than half of them in extreme poverty.

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2 March 2018

LaunchME enables Kate to turn her expertise into a small business

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27 June 2018

LaunchME gives Bev the opportunity to stitch together a small business

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